PHOENIX -- Chicago Cubs fans in Arizona will get one extra chance to see hot shot prospects Javier Baez and Jorge Soler in Cactus League action. Instead of heading to minor league camp on Monday as expected, both will travel to Peoria, Ariz. for the Cubs’ matchup against the San Diego Padres.
Manager Dale Sveum has decided to give a few veterans a day off after the weekend of split-squad games with a group returning from Las Vegas Sunday night. That means Baez has a chance to add on to his hot streak, which has produced four home runs in Cactus League play plus two more on Friday against Team Japan of the World Baseball Classic.
After Monday, though, both head to the Cubs’ minor league complex at Fitch Park and Single-A Daytona -- officially for Soler and unofficially for Baez. He’s expected to start the season there as well.
Also headed to the minors is third baseman Josh Vitters, infielder Christian Villanueva and catcher Rafael Lopez.