The Cubs have another prospect that is tearing up the Pacific Coast League, 3B/1B Jeimer Candelario. After what was perceived as a slow start with Double-A Tennessee, Jeimer Candelario has hit the ground running with Triple-A Iowa.
Iowa split a doubleheader Thursday with Triple-A Nashville. In the first seven-inning game, Candelario started at third base and went 1-for-3 with a RBI. The I-Cubs beat the Sounds 3-0. In game two, Candelario played first base all seven innings. Candelario was 2-for-3 in Iowa’s 7-4 loss.
Not a bad day for the 22-year old switch-hitting infielder, Candelario was a combined 3-for-6 with a RBI in the two games, while playing both corner infield spots.
Candelario has played in 15 games with Iowa since the promotion on June 8 and has 17 hits in 48 at-bats, eight have gone for extra bases. And in his last 10 games, Candelario is 13-for-31 with six walks and five strikeouts.
Against left-handed pitching at the Triple-A level, Candelario is 5-for-13 with two doubles (.385/.429/.538) for a .967 OPS. Versus right-handed pitchers, Candelario is 12-for-35 with three doubles, two triples and a home run (.343/.489/.629) for a 1.118 OPS.
Jeimer Candelario is hitting .354/.475/.604 with five doubles, two triples and a home run for a 1.080 OPS. Candelario has nine walks with 10 strikeouts and 12 RBI with 29 total bases. Candelario has played 13 games at third base, two games at first base with Iowa.
The PCL is a hitter’s league. With that said, it’s good to see Jeimer Candelario stick with the process that he found success with last season, in the Arizona Fall League and in Spring Training and put up the numbers in an advanced league.