A Look at the Four Former Chiefs on the MLB Top 100 Prospects List
Last night on MLB Network, MLB Pipeline and MLB.com released their top 100 Prospects for 2014. The Chiefs were represented with four former players: Javier Baez (#7), Jorge Soler (#49), Hak-Ju Lee (#84) and Arismendy Alcantara (#89). Our parent organization, the St. Louis Cardinals were represented by three players: Oscar Taveras (#3), Kolten Wong (#58) and Stephen Piscotty (#98). In addition 15 of the top 100 players played in the Midwest League in 2013 showing off the talent level that comes through Peoria year in and year out. (more on them later)
Javier Baez hit 12 home runs with the Peoria Chiefs in 2012 and was one of the most exciting players in recent memory to come through Dozer Park. In 57 games with the Chiefs he hit .333 with 41 runs scored with 33 RBI and 27 runs scored. Last season Baez rocketed up the prospect lists with a 4-homer game in Daytona and he finished the season in Double-A with Tennessee. Overall this past season Baez hit .282 with 37 home runs and 111 RBI in 130 games while slugging .578. Here is video (at the 16 second mark) of Baez’s final home run in Peoria from July 27, 2012.
Jorge Soler missed most of 2013 with a stress fracture but still hit .281 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 55 games for the Daytona Cubs. With the Chiefs in 2012 he appeared in 20 games in August & September batting .338 with three home runs, five doubles and 15 RBI. Soler’s first blast in a Chiefs uniform came in Beloit with his first career grand slam:
Hak-Ju Lee who is now with the Tampa Bay Rays missed most of the 2013 season with an ACL injury but is still ranked #84 on this MLB list. In the 15 games he played before the injury at Triple-A Durham, Lee hit .422 with 13 runs scored, five extra-base hits, six steals, 11 walks and a .536 OBP. With the Chiefs in 2010 Lee hit .282 with 27 extra-base hits, 85 runs scored, 32 steals, 40 RBI and 49 walks. He was traded to the Rays in the Matt Garza deal in January 2011.
Arismendy Alcantara succeeded Lee at shortstop with the Chiefs in the 2011 season and batted .271 with 21 extra-base hits, 37 RBI, 45 runs scored and eight steals in 99 games. He took big strides as a prospect in 2012 batting .301 at Daytona while stealing 25 bases and adding to his power numbers. In 2013, Alcantara represented the Cubs on the World Team in the Futures Game with Baez and clubbed 15 home runs for Double-A Tennessee. He hit .271 last season with 36 doubles, 69 runs scored, 69 RBI and 31 stolen bases.