Clash of the Midwest League Titans: Baez vs. Sano

Beloit Snappers teammates Kennys Vargas (left) and Miguel Sano on the field before Monday’s game.

The three-game series between the Beloit Snappers and the Peoria Chiefs that was completed Monday night was one I had circled on my calendar because I wanted to see the Midwest League’s top two power prospects, Peoria’s Javier Baez and Beloit’s Miguel Sano, in the same game. I attended Monday’s game, during which Baez hit the longer ball, a double off the leftfield wall that I referred to in a tweet as a “Javy Wallbanger.”

Neither player homered during the series; in fact, neither had a standout series power-wise, but overall Sano fared much better than Baez. In Game 1 (Saturday), Sano went 1-for-2 with 2 RBI, 3 walks and a strikeout. He also was caught stealing twice. Baez went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts and a fielding error.

In Game 2 (Sunday), Sano went 1-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI, a walk, a strikeout and 2 errors. Baez went 1-for-3 with 2 RBI and a walk.

In Game 3 (Monday), Sano went 2-for-4 with 1 RBI. Baez went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.

Peoria Chiefs SS Javier Baez swings at a pitch during Monday’s game.

In total, Sano went 4-for-10 with a double, 5 RBI, 4 walks and 2 strikeouts, made 2 errors and was caught stealing twice. Baez went 2-for-11 with a double, 2 RBI, a walk and 3 strikeouts, and committed an error. Clearly Sano won this round.

The two teams play each other in two more three-game series in August (11-13 and 22-24). Both series will be played in Beloit.

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