... no one has been surprised by [Baez's] early results. “If he hits 50 HR’s and has a 30+% K% in a season, it wouldn’t surprise me at all,” one scout said. “I think he’s the most fun hitter to watch in possibly all of baseball.”
There was good signs in the Giants series that he is already beginning to adjust to what is being thrown him. He has always started slow at a new level and adjusted. Given that, I could not be happier that he is getting his first couple hundred PAs out of the way in 2014.
I noticed on K 2 he took two fastballs in the upper part of the zone and on the inner corner to start, then took a fastball up and out of the zone, took a breaker down and out of the zone, and swung and missed at a fastball in the zone in nearly the same location as the first two pitches. I was surprised he wasn't swinging at the first couple fastballs.
I only saw one of Baez's strikeouts yesterday - I think he may have had 5 on the day if you include the end of the first game. The one I saw was actually not a bad at bat. Was taking some good strikes, and the ump, not surprisingly, wasn't giving him any edge pitches at all. Were the rest all hacky swingy strikes or is he at least trying to not swing at everything? I can live with some called strikes as he learns the zone. Baseball is hard.