Javier Baez continues to establish himself as Cubs' top prospect

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Chicago's prized prospect has impressed at the Arizona Fall League.

Chicago Cubs prospect Javier Baez has spent a good portion of the Arizona Fall League adjusting to playing third base, but it hasn't yet affected his hitting. Baez is leading in the AFL in homers (four) and RBI (14), and has continued to assert himself as arguably the top prospect in Chicago's system.

Baez told reporters on Thursday that he needs to "get used to playing third," after spending much of his first full pro season at shortstop, but that's partly what the Arizona Fall League is designed for. Baez was drafted as a shortstop, but with the Cubs locking Starlin Castro up long term, it's logical that they would give Baez a look at another position.

It is also possible that Baez, who turns 20 on Dec. 1, will naturally outgrow shortstop, but Chicago's AFL coach, Brian Harper, believes that Baez should play shortstop in the minors until he proves he cannot.

It is likely that Baez will start the 2013 season with Harper, who manages Chicago's Class-A Daytona affiliate.

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