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Michel Baez
Trending: ↓ 16%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 8" 220LBS | Age: 24

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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 1 1 3.03 24 1 0 29.2 28 1.31
1 Season 1 1 3.03 24 1 0 29.2 28 1.31
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 24 1-1 3.03 29.2 28 1.31
1 Season 24 1-1 3.03 29.2 28 1.31

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2019 SD NL 131 1 1 3.03 24 1 0 29.2 25 10 10 3 14 28 1.31
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

2020

The Padres landed Baez during their 2016 international bonus-pool-shattering spending spree, signing the then-20-year-old Cuban righty for $3 million in December. Though little was known about him at the time, Baez looks to be yet another coup for the organization's international scouting department. He ascended to the big leagues as a reliever in the second half of the 2019 season. In 24 appearances, Baez recorded a 3.03 ERA, keeping hitters off-balance mostly with a mix of fastballs and changeups.

An imposing presence on the mound, Baez operates slightly above a three-quarters slot. The 6-foot-8 righty generates plus-plus velocity with ease, though inconsistent mechanics have caused his velo to fluctuate. When he's right, he'll sit in the mid 90s and touch 98 mph. His best secondary pitch is a changeup that dives sharply (and pairs perfectly with a four-seamer with ride). Baez has shown feel for a high-80s slider, but it’s yet to translate in the big leagues, and his looping curveball needs work.

Baez throws strikes and repeats his delivery better than most hurlers of comparable size. But he does struggle at times to keep his long limbs in sync and throws with too much crossfire, resulting in diminished stuff and below-average fastball command. More consistency on that front and an improved slider could help Baez become a mid-rotation starter. If the slider doesn’t develop, some evaluators view the hulking right-hander as a future closer.


2019

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50

7/21: Baez promoted to Padres

The Padres landed Baez during their 2016 international bonus-pool-shattering spending spree, signing the then-20-year-old Cuban righty for $3 million in December. Though little was known about him at the time, Baez looks to be yet another coup for the organization's international scouting department. Behind a combination of physicality and stuff, he continued to climb the ladder in 2018, beginning the season in the Class A California League and then earning a promotion to Double-A at age 22.

A physically large and imposing presence on the mound who operates from a three-quarters slot, the 6-foot-8 Baez can generate plus-plus velocity with ease, though inconsistent mechanics can cause his velo to fluctuate. When he's right, he'll sit in the mid-90s and touch 98 mph. His best secondary pitch is an upper-80s slider with two-plane action that flashes above-average potential, and he'll also show feel for a curveball and changeup, with the latter projecting as the better pitch.

Repeating his delivery and pounding the strike zone is something Baez does better than most hurlers of comparable size, but he does struggle at times to keep his long limbs in sync and throws with too much crossfire, resulting in diminished stuff and below-average fastball command. More consistency on that front and improving his secondaries could help Baez become a mid-rotation starter, and some evaluators view the hulking right-hander as a future closer.


2018

Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 55 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 55

The Padres landed Baez during their international bonus-pool-shattering spending spree in 2016, signing the then-20-year-old Cuban righty for $3 million in December. Though little was known about him at the time, Baez put himself on the radar during his dominant stateside debut, showing a combination of physicality and stuff that enabled him to quickly jump to Class A Fort Wayne after just one start in the Rookie Arizona League.

A physically large and imposing presence on the mound who operates from a three-quarters slot, Baez generates easy plus-plus velocity in a fastball that bumps 98-99 mph and consistently sits in the mid-90s. His heater pairs nicely with an upper-80s slider that flashes above-average potential with two-plane action, and club officials expect both his curveball and changeup to be at least average once fully developed.

Though listed at 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds, Baez showed in 2017 that he could repeat his delivery and pound the strike zone better than most hurlers of comparable size. His command does lag behind his control, however, and he'll need to locate his fastball better to be effective at higher levels. If he can do so, the big right-hander could become a mid-rotation starter, if not more.


2017

Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 55

The Padres landed Baez during their international bonus-pool-shattering spending spree in 2016, signing the then-20-year-old Cuban righty for $3 million in December. He's done nothing but impress since joining the organization, showing a combination of physicality and stuff that enabled him to quickly jump to Class A Fort Wayne early in his first stateside campaign.

Listed at 6-foot-8, 220 pounds, Baez is a large and imposing presence on the mound who operates from a three-quarters slot. That size translates to premium velocity, as he'll consistently sit in the mid-to-upper 90s and flirt with triple digits, all while working on a steep downhill plane to both sides of the plate. Baez has a hard slider that pairs nicely with his heater, flashing above-average potential with two-plane action, and he's impressed scouts with his feel for a changeup early in his career.

Given Baez's sheer size, learning to consistently repeat his delivery will be key in his development as a starter. If he can learn to do so while also refining his secondaries and command, the big right-hander could become a mid-rotation starter, if not more. At the least, Baez's robust fastball and promising secondaries point to a bright future at the back end of a big league bullpen.



Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2019 521 86 4 4.7 87.7 16.9 34.9 .226 .366 .296 .304 .336 37.2 21.4 10.7 3.03 3.82
ALL 521 86 4 4.7 87.7 16.9 34.9 .226 .366 .296 .304 .336 37.2 21.4 10.7
MLB 41087 6.3 88.2 11.9 32.7 .252 .417 .317 .330 .390 34.7 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
07/22/2020 San Diego Padres optioned RHP Michel Baez to Padres Alternate Training Site.
07/21/2019 San Diego Padres selected the contract of RHP Michel Baez from Amarillo Sod Poodles.
05/21/2019 RHP Michel Baez assigned to Amarillo Sod Poodles from Padres Extended Spring Training.
08/09/2018 Michel Baez assigned to San Antonio Missions from Lake Elsinore Storm.
04/23/2018 Lake Elsinore Storm activated RHP Michel Baez from the 7-day disabled list.
04/01/2018 RHP Michel Baez assigned to Lake Elsinore Storm from Fort Wayne TinCaps.
07/04/2017 RHP Michel Baez assigned to Fort Wayne TinCaps from AZL Padres.
06/24/2017 RHP Michel Baez assigned to AZL Padres.
12/19/2016 San Diego Padres signed free agent RHP Michel Baez to a minor league contract.