Cubs take shortstop with 9th pick in MLB draft

Cubs take shortstop with 9th pick in MLB draft

Cubs take shortstop with 9th pick in MLB draft

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by Zach Wolken

Idaho's News Channel 7

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 9:36 PM

NEW YORK, NY -- The Chicago Cubs chose shortstop Javier Baez with the ninth overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft, on Monday.  

Baez comes from Arlington Country Day High School in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Boise Hawks President and General Manager, Todd Rahr told News Channel 7 before the draft began on Monday that if the Cubs chose a high school player he did not believe they would spend significant time in Boise, playing for the Hawks, this season. 

When Chicago selected Josh Vitters third overall in the 2007 draft he spent almost the entire summer playing in Arizona and only came up to Boise for the final week of the Northwest League season. 

It is believed the Cubs will move Baez to a different infield position, other than shortstop.  Scouting reports believe he could become a third baseman because of his arm strength, but the Cubs haven't spoken of any plans for the youngster, yet. 

The MLB draft continues on Tuesday with the rounds two through thirty and rounds thirty-one through fifty on Wednesday.

 

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