Javy Baez will never cease to amaze on the baseball field.
He didn't get the nickname "El Mago" by accident, but what he was doing on the field Saturday morning goes far beyond magic.
As the Cubs took batting practice in advance of Saturday's tilt with the visiting Los Angeles Angels, Baez hopped in the cage and took a round left-handed:
Javy just hit back-to-back HRs left handed during BP.— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) April 13, 2019
And these weren't cheap shots. Both blasts went about 10-15 rows up the right-center field bleachers. pic.twitter.com/GsHnAwL3pZ
The results were...very good.
He hit several homers, including a pair back-to-back that went a good 12-15 rows up the bleachers in right-center field. The wind was blowing out to right field a little at the time, but these were not cheap shots — they were hard liners off a good-looking swing.
Before you ask, he's not planning on becoming a switch-hitter anytime soon or anything like that. This was just the case of a player having some fun warming up for a game and Baez often jumps at any chance to enjoy the moment.
A lot of baseball players do similar things during pregame — Yu Darvish often throws left-handed, outfielders like Jason Heyward come in to take some ground balls at shortstop, etc.
Baez has goofed around in the cage or batting tunnel hitting left-handed before, but this is the first time many have seen him do it during on-field batting practice. He's been scuffling a bit lately (19 strikeouts in his last 9 games), so maybe it was also a way for him to reset mentally and get back to having some fun.
Baez was back to his right-handed swing for the next round of BP and showed off his light-tower power, jacking one about 10 feet from the top of the video board in left field:
Now Javy just hit one about 3/4 of the way up the video board, maybe 10/15 feet below the W (right-handed) pic.twitter.com/yt6BlB6nYn— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) April 13, 2019
Baez is a natural lefty, though he's both thrown and hit right-handed for his entire playing career.