MILWAUKEE – Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez had an interesting game Monday, tossing his bat past the pitcher’s mound on a strikeout and hoisting a throw WAY over the first baseman’s head into the stands.
The strikeout came first. After swinging at two fastballs up near his eyes, Baez whiffed on this pitch and, well, you can see the rest:
Peralta gets the K and Javier Baez's bat. pic.twitter.com/noqXuKWi2n— Alex Fast (@AlexFast8) April 13, 2021
Freddy Peralta gets a perfect 10 on the rare strikeout-plus-bat-hurdle execution. As for Baez -- not a great at-bat.
His throw from shortstop was even funnier.
Even Richie Sexton couldn’t have caught this Javy Baéz throw pic.twitter.com/gzX9s65dRA— Ben Verlander (@Verly32) April 13, 2021
Can we get a launch angle on that thing? Had to be, what, 45 degrees? It came out of his hand looking like Baez was throwing fly ball practice with his buddy in the outfield.
Anyway, it landed in the stands. The runner was awarded second base. Baez laughed it off because really, what else could he do?
Baez is an electric player with A+ tools, but he’s also prone to some eyebrow raising moments at the plate and in the field. For neutral fans, I’m not sure which are more entertaining.