Cubs promote rising star Baez to Smokies

KODAK, Tenn. – The Chicago Cubs announced several transactions that impacts their Double-A affiliate Tennessee Smokies. INF Javier Baez has been added to the Smokies’ active roster in advance of tonight’s game with the Huntsville Stars. In corresponding roster move, INF Elliot Soto has been sent to the Class High-A Daytona Cubs and additionally, LHP Jeff Antigua has been promoted to Class AAA Iowa Cubs. Baez will be active for tonight’s 6:30 game at Smokies Park.

The Smokies roster is now at 24 active players.

Baez, 20, began the season in Daytona, batting .274 (82-for-299) with 57 RBIs. He led the Florida State League with 17 home runs and 57 RBIs. Baseball America has Baez as the top prospect in the Cubs organization. He was twice named FSL Player of the Week (April 22-28 & June 10-16) and was named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for June

The Bayamon, PR native was a first round draft pick (ninth overall) by the Cubs in the 2011 MLB First Year Player Draft out of Arlington Country Day High School in Jacksonville, Fla.

Antigua, 23, heads to Iowa for his second stint this season with the I-Cubs. He held no record and a 6.75 ERA (2 ER/2.2 IP) in one relief appearance for the Smokies this season. The Santo Domingo, DR native signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2006.

Soto, 23, hit .183 (22-for-120) with two doubles, a pair of home runs and six RBIs in 44 games with Tennessee this season. The Elgin, Ill. native was drafted by the Cubs in the 15th round of the 2010 draft out of Creighton University.


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