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Answer me this on Javier Baez.

Why does no one project him to 2B over 3B? Pretty much all the top offensive 2B out there were guys projected to play 3B in the minors, specifically Cano and Utley, when they were prospects.

He's surprised everyone with his defense this year, which probably means it's much better than your typical Midwest league player. He wasn't even supposed to be able to handle SS with competence, but it's happening. Hell, a couple of the prospect writers out there even think he might survive at SS early on. He's got all the tools to play either 2B OR 3B, but everyone has him penciled in at 3B. I hear it's because his arm is strong, but one of Cano's best tools defensively is his plus plus arm. I hear it's because he'd be uncomfortable at 2B, but that seems like nonsense fan assumptions made up to shoot down the idea. He even has the build of an offensive minded 2B to me, with an athletic but squared frame. AND get this (don't, it's conspiracy-esque), the Cubs have him wearing #25 in Peoria right now (Cano is #24 and Utley is #26).

I almost feel like some of it is based on a stigma against projecting a prospect to 2B, a position that traditionally doesn't require the defensive skill of a SS nor the offensive power of a 3B. That's actually part of why I ask. There aren't many 2B prospects out there, and if they are it's usually a smaller guy with good BA/OBP and solid but not SS-y defense (or obviously 3B power).

What's a legit reason the Cubs wouldn't try him at 2B before 3B? Assume that we're working with everyone acknowledging that now is too early to move him off of SS at all.

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