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Pedro Alberys Báez de la Cruz
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 195-211 lb.
Pedro Báez has twice been picked for the Futures Game as an infielder, but made the big leagues as a pitcher.
Báez was signed by Los Angeles Dodgers scout Elvio Jimenez for $200,000 in 2007. He debuted that year in pro ball, hitting .274/.341/.408 for the GCL Dodgers. He had 39 RBI in 53 games, the second-highest RBI total in the Gulf Coast League after Alfredo Silverio. Pedro was rated the league's #6 prospect by Baseball America, trailing only Michael Burgess, Jesus Montero, Ben Revere, Che-Hsuan Lin and John Tolisano.
The 20-year-old split 2008 between the Great Lakes Loons (.178/.244/.259 in 59 G) and the Ogden Raptors (.267/.317/.502, 12 HR, 50 RBI in 61 G). He was 6th in the Pioneer League in RBI and tied for 6th in homers. He also led in putouts (47), assists (129), errors (20) and double plays (16) at third base. Baseball America ranked him as the loop's 11th-best prospect, right behind teammate Kyle Russell.
In 2009, Báez hit .286/.326/.445 for the Inland Empire 66ers, missing the last couple months due to left knee surgery. He played for the World team in the 2009 Futures Game. Pinch-hitting for Luis Durango in the 7th, he grounded out against Trevor Reckling. He stayed in the game at first, replacing Alex Liddi.
Pedro began 2010 with the 66ers and hit .278/.317/.440 after 29 games, also spending two games on a rehab stint with the AZL Dodgers. He was picked for the 2010 Futures Game. Pinch-hitting for Liddi, he singled off Jordan Lyles in the 6th. He remained in at 3B and struck out in the 8th against Anthony Slama. However, in spite of making the Futures Game twice, his career as a position player stalled as he spent parts of three season with the AA Chattanooga Lookouts from 2010-2012 without taking the next step up. He finished 2010 at .259/.306/.350 in 75 games for the 66ers in a hitter-friendly league and was 10 for 26 with a double and two walks for the Lookouts.
In 2011, he hit just .210/.278/.381 in 32 games for Chattanooga before an injury ended his year. His woes continued in 2012 with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (.228/.287/.429 in 50 G) and the Lookouts (.216/.319/.337 in 78 G). In 2013, the Dodgers decided to turn him into a pitcher, and his status as a prospect was reignited. He split the summer between the Quakes (2-2, 2 Sv, 3.63 in 32 G) and Lookouts (1-1, 4.24 in 16 G), striking out 55 in 58 IP. He was 8th in the Dodgers farm chain in games pitched. In the Arizona Fall League, he fanned six and allowed no runs in 4 1/3 IP for the Glendale Desert Dogs. He opened 2014 well with the Lookouts (1-0, 5 Sv, 2.84 in 11 G).
Within a year and a couple of months of taking up pitching, and fewer than 50 minor league pitching appearances, he made his big league debut for the Dodgers on May 5, 2014. Called up to replace Stephen Fife, he made his debut in the 8th inning of a loss to the Washington Nationals. He allowed a single to Ian Desmond and a homer to Danny Espinosa before calming down to fan Kevin Frandsen, retire Sandy León and K Tyler Moore.
Baez is known to be an extremely slow worker on the mound, taking more time between pitches than any other major league pitcher.
- Ted Berg: "Dodgers pitcher Pedro Baez is baseball's slowest worker and it's agonizing to watch", "For the Win!", USA Today Sports, October 21, 2016. 
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