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Cubs prospect Javier Baez smashes windshield with BP home run

Mark Townsend
Big League Stew

Chicago Cubs fan Grant Smith probably didn’t consider the possibility of returning to a broken windshield when he parked his car outside Field 5 at the team's new spring training facility on Friday.

Unfortunately, he probably didn't consider the immense power of Chicago's top ranked prospect Javier Baez either, and for that mistake he did in fact end up with a broken windshield.

A direct shot for Baseball America's No. 5 prospect. And a shot that, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat and Cubs infielder Logan Watkins, could be heard all around the facility.

"I saw it fly and I heard a sound," said infielder Logan Watkins, who was in the outfield during batting practice.

What did he hear?

"Glass," Watkins said.

Unless 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin is about to walk through a curtain, breaking glass is a sound you don't want to hear. That's especially true when it's crack of the bat followed by breaking glass, and the bat was swung by Javier Baez.

Sure, he's just a kid at 21 years old, but he's strong. Very strong. 37 home runs between Class A Daytona and Double A Tennessee last season will attest to that. But it seems he has feelings, too.

A kind gesture.

Now the question is, how far away is a safe distance with Baez and other prospects like Jorge Soger and Mike Olt taking cuts at the new facility. You can even throw in Anthony Rizzo if you like, even though he's already taking aim at Wrigley on a regular basis. They're all strong men that can do some serious damage. Keep that in mind if you're hanging out in Mesa this spring, and be prepared when they're all swinging in Chicago at the same time.

BLS H/N: Cut 4

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