Javier Baez leaves little to the imagination in his "Body Issue" photoshoot for ESPN, but it appears the exposing images have more than one secret story behind them.
The first is told through his ink, with more than a dozen tattoos covering Baez's body, each holding an important message.
An MLB logo on his neck marked the first tattoo Baez had done.
"I had that one at 16, along with my two brothers, Rolando and Gadiel," Baez told ESPN. "We did it as a sign of respect and love for the game."
Baez revealed to the publication that his mother didn't like tattoos much, so he had her name tattooed on his wrist, along with a rose, "so she would not be very upset." On his other wrist is a tribute to his father, whose nickname was Nene.
On his shoulder is his most precious tattoo, one he had always wanted but had waited for the right artist to do -- a portrait of his sister Noely, who died of spina bifida at age 21.
On his body, Baez has another tattoo of a nickname for his father, "El Guimo," marked next to the date the young baseball star was called up to the majors. He also has the names of his three siblings on his left side.
Baseball-themed tattoos cover his skin along with tributes to his home of Puerto Rico.
The young Cubs star bared (almost) all in the upcoming issue of the magazine, one of several covers slated to hit newsstands next month.
In addition to his tattoos, Baez's photos are also unique in that they were all shot on an iPhone.
Photographer Dylan Coulter told USA Today the idea of shooting a major series and cover photo on an iPhone left him "mildly terrified," but quickly saw it as an exciting challenge.
The ninth annual body issue is set to launch online July 5 and will be available in newsstands July 7.