Nothing Javy Baez does surprises Joe Maddon anymore.
The Cubs manager even thinks Baez could pick up switch-hitting if he wanted to.
Maddon has been talking up Baez since the beginning of spring training 2015, pointing to the youngster's speed, defense and baseball IQ as gamechangers even if he's still developing and maturing at the plate.
Baez was once THE prospect in Chicago, the must-see "next big thing" when he came up in August 2014.
Since then, we've seen guys like Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber leap over Baez on the development path.
It's not like Baez was left behind, though. A finger injury and the passing of his sister derailed much of his 2015 season and another finger issue delayed his 2016 debut.
But Baez is getting work all over the diamond as a super-utility guy, having already played every infield position plus left field this season.
The 23-year-old turned in an impressive showing in Thursday's series finale with the Dodgers - hitting a homer, driving in three runs and playing spectacular defense at second base, including a diving catch in short center field.
Of course, Maddon isn't shocked by Baez's recent success.
"Honestly, no," Maddon said. "The way he's accepted [his utility role] is really - I shouldn't say I'm surprised with, but I'm pleased with. He's really accepted it well.
"When he doesn't start the game, you go down there and give him a high five before the game and he's smiling, he's engaged. You know he's gonna be ready that night. He's just doing it properly.
"So that's the part that I'm really pleased with because I know if he has that kind of mindset, he's gonna play like you're seeing him play right now."
The Cubs are in a different spot right now than Baez's first go-round with the big-league club.
There's no guarantee Baez will ever find a home at a particular position in Chicago, but he could settle into third base and push Bryant to the outfield full time.
Or, Baez could just stick in the Ben Zobrist-type utility role that Maddon loves so much.
"I think he knows that his time's coming," Maddon said. "He's gonna be a starter. He knows that. He knows even if he doesn't start tonight, he has a pretty good chance of getting on the field at some point.
"So all those different factors, he's really dealt with perfectly, actually."
Baez is on pace for only 306 at-bats this season and he's admitted it's tough to get going at the plate.
Even with Thursday's performance and a stretch in which he's gone 5-for-14, Baez still entered play Friday with just a .253/.295/.384 slash line, good for a .679 OPS.
He's admitted it's hard to stay locked in at the plate while not starting every day.
"I'm keeping my approach every time I come to the plate," he said. "When I'm not playing, I hit in the cage during the game to stay warm in case I get in the game."
Baez has talked to Zobrist about how to react to the ball when switching positions so often.
The young utility guy feels comfortable in his work defensively and has gotten used to playing third base one day, second the next and shortstop the next.
Baez said he's fine with playing all over the place and doesn't have a favorite position right now. He's made sure Maddon knows he will be ready to play wherever whenever.
With the defense down, Baez has started to shift his attention to his plate approach lately.
"I focus more on offense right now," Baez said. "I think it's one of the hardest things in the world. I'm pretty good at defense, so I'm just letting that take care of itself."
Maddon thinks Baez's unselfish play personifies where the entire Cubs team is at right now, entering Friday a season-high 22 games over .500.
"I'm not surprised with anything with him or the whole group right now," Maddon said. "Our guys are just out to win. That's it.
"They don't care who gets the credit or who gets it done that night. We're just out there to win it and it's beautiful to watch."