MESA, Ariz. — Javier Baez understands the accolades of being a former first round pick, a former Cubs minor league player of the year and a Futures Game participant carry little weight this spring.
"I'm pretty sure everyone likes challenges," Baez said Saturday, four days before the Cubs' first full squad workout. "I'm not here to prove anything. I'm here to play the game right and to learn something every day.''
The process of cutting down his prolific strikeout rate started last winter and will continue through the spring as Baez attempts to solidify a spot on the opening day roster.
Well before general manager Jed Hoyer said last month that Baez, 22,...