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Javier Baez was a top-10 draft pick in 2011.

Baez moved to Florida from Puerto Rico in 2005. He hit .711 with 22 homers in 115 at-bats as a high school senior. The Chicago Cubs took him with the 9th pick of the 2011 amateur draft, one slot after another Puerto Rico-born, Florida-raised shortstop in Francisco Lindor. The scout was Tom Clark. He made his pro debut that summer with the AZL Cubs before moving up to the Boise Hawks. Overall, he was 5 for 20 with two doubles and two steals. He fielded terribly, with 6 errors and a .778 fielding percentage.

Baez split 2012 between the Peoria Chiefs (.333/.383/.596, 20 SB, 3 CS, 12 HR, 41 R in 57 G) and the Daytona Cubs (.188/.244/.400 in 23 G). He finished among the Cubs farmhand leaders in home runs (16, tied for 7th) and steals (24, tied for 10th). He also fielded better, at .950. Baseball America rated him as the top prospect in the Midwest League. He hit .211 with 16 RBI in 14 games for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League. He was leading the AFL in RBI before an injured left thumb ended his season.

On June 10, 2013, he became the second player in Florida State League history to hit four home runs in one game, when he did so for the Daytona Cubs in a 9-6 win over the Fort Myers Miracle. Ryan Harvey had been the only other player to accomplish the feat in the FSL, in 2006.

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