Hey guys, I took a run over to Hickory recently to see the Crawdads (Rangers) take on the Rome Braves. These are two of the more talented teams in the Sally.
Today I want to talk about one of the more unheralded players on the Braves and that’s outfielder Leudys Baez. He has some of the loudest tools in the league and no one is talking about him.
Leudys Baez, age 19, listed 6′ 160 lbs, bats both and throws right, Baez was signed out of the Dominican Republic in the Spring of 2012 by the Washington Nationals and he was released in the Fall of 2012 without ever getting into a game. The Braves signed him in Dec of 2013.
I only saw Baez batting left handed even in BP, not sure why. I chuckled when I saw the 160 lbs listed weight. He’s put on 40 lbs of muscle since then. I guessed he was 6’1″ 200 lbs and he appeared to be in excellent shape. I assume the listed weight was from 2012 when he signed with the Nats, that’s the way it usually works. There’s more projection left, he could still add another 20 lbs of muscle.
At the dish Baez has an upright closed stance, he’s got a long level swing and a very quick bat. He’s very strong and he put on a show in batting practice he was hitting one bomb after another many exceeding 400′. He’s got plus to double plus raw power right now. The ball really jumps off of his bat and he can hit the ball out to any field. His current swing will limit his game power though.
Baez is quite raw offensively, his pitch recognition skills still have a ways to go. I have my suspicions but it’s too early for me to say if he can handle spin. He’s got an aggressive approach, he swung early and often in all 3 at bats that I saw.
Defensively he played right field and he tracked fly ball’s very well out there and he displayed a rocket throwing arm. He’s got above average speed.
Here we get a look at a Baez Home Run courtesy of milb.com
I’m looking forward to getting more looks at Baez, he’s got tremendous tools. His current swing will limit the game power to average/ above average, that could change if he adds some lift. The pitch recognition skills are an issue, he could probably use another year or two in rookie ball. There’s a lot to work with but he’s not going to be a fast mover.