The beginner has made strong plays at the hot corner consistently. Importantly, the ball rockets off his bat when he hits and although he tailed off some as the season stretched out he drove in 40 (2nd in the league) while hitting .274. He excelled with men on base. He has the talent to do it all except for swiftness for he's a heavy-legged runner and has to watch his weight.
The longtime Dominican instructors compare him to Adrian Beltré when he was just beginning and that's high praise, indeed. Logan White first worked him out in the U.S, stashed him away, then took him back to the Dominican where he was signed.
He finished the season with a .408 slugging average (8th among Dodger short season teams), scored 35 runs (seventh), was third in doubles (14) and second in RBI (40).
Deric McKamey, Minor League Analyst, says of Baez. "Maturely built youngster with bat speed and strong wrists that make him capable of plus power. Lacks pitch recognition, so average may fluctuate in lower minors. Below average runner and has to watch body. Possesses plus arm strength and soft hands in providing above average defense." McKamey gives him the probability of reaching an elite rating, with above average power, average and defense.
He will play in Ogden in 2008.
Juan Alberys 'Pedro' Baez br tr 6-2 199 Born- March 11, 1988 Obtained- Signed as a free agent 2007 year team ave obp gm ab r h 2b 3b hr bi sb 2007 GCL .274 .341 53 201 35 55 14 2 3 39 3