Home Run Friday: Mike Olt Makes Bid to Stay in Big Leagues & Javier Baez Launches Missile on Wednesday Night

Apart from James McDonald’s disastrous performance (2.2 IP, 5 BB, 1 HBP), Wednesday night’s game against Seattle was fun to watch. (Though the Cubs lost 8-7 in extras, I am not counting the 9th and 10th innings of a Spring Training game that went 3:47! #Marathon) Javier Baez hit an epic home run. But more importantly he played well at short. With the bases loaded and one out in the 2nd inning, Baez started a difficult double play on a bad hop rocket up the middle to end the inning. In the third, he turned a nifty 4-6-3 double play on a feed from Emilio Bonifacio. Baez will start the season at SS with the AAA Iowa Cubs, where he will team with 2B Arismendy Alcantara to form a formidable double play combination. Baez will move around to 2B and 3B this Spring; but it is increasingly obvious that he has the defensive chops to play SS in the major leagues. He might get moved long term, but it is quite possible that Baez will be the Cubs’ starting SS heading into the the 2015 season.

Mike Olt is beginning to demonstrate that his vision problems are a thing of the past. If Olt can build on Wednesday’s performance over the course of the next few weeks, he has a shot to break camp as the Cubs’ starting 3B. He went 3-4 with two homers on Wednesday night, and is hitting .333 with three homers and 6 RBIs in 21 ABs this Spring. Olt has been hampered by a sore throwing shoulder this Spring and has yet to see any game action at 3B. However, it appears that Olt will soon be ready to play third.

Touch-The-Bases-Icon Olt Home Run #1: 2nd Inning:
Mike Olt puts a charge into the baseball to tie Wednesday’s game vs. the Mariners.

Touch-The-Bases-Icon #JavyBomb: 4th Inning:
Javier Baez launches a monster home run to left center to tie game in the 4th

Touch-The-Bases-Icon Olt Home Run #2: 6th Inning:
Mike Olt hits his second homer of the night to tie game again in the 6th

Touch-The-Bases-Icon #JavyBomb Again:
I know you want to see Javy’s Bomb one more time, so here it is!

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