Good points. I'm actually a Baez über optimist. Mueller is going to do wicked stuff with those wrists, if only because he will wish he had had them. You don't want to "correct" a swing at this level, generally, but they will have to because, like housing prices a few years ago, that's just not sustainable. It's a hard thing for the coaches. They could have one of the best power hitters in baseball on their hands, or a total bomb. It's going to be very interesting, and their depth makes it not matter so much.
"Most fun hitter to watch"--that's a great comment. The revival of attendance numbers at Wrigley has begun, thanks to Baez. Hendricks only plays every fifth day, but Baez is out there boosting the outdoor air conditioning every day.
The other day, I watched the Mets broadcast because I thought Darling might have something interesting to say about Hendricks. He didn't--but at one point after a Baez swing and miss, Darling said that with that big swing, he would have trouble catching up with a fastball.
Kyle Schwarber, DH, Cubs (Daytona, A+): 1-2, 2 R, HR, 2 BB, SB. There was an adjustment period for Schwarber upon reaching the Florida State League—his first adjustment in pro ball—but he’s made it, and we’re seeing the kind of production that we can expect from him down the road. That means a moderate batting average, strong on-base skills, and above-average power. Put it together, and that makes for a solid everyday player.
I'm sure I am - but I count myself as a Baez skeptic so at least with him it's not too blinded. But I think most would agree that at least up to now Hendricks has one of the best poker faces a rookie can have.