The Cubs promoted Jeimer Candelario to Triple-A Iowa a week ago. And Candelario has hit the ground running over his first six games.
Jeimer Candelario played in both ends of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Colorado Springs. Candelario was 0-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and a RBI in the opener. In the nightcap, Candelario was 2-for-5 and hit his first longball at the Triple-A level. Candelario launched a three-run homer in the second inning.
Candelario has performed well at the plate. In six games, the switch-hitting Candelario is 6-for-22 with three doubles and a home run. Four of his six hits have gone for extra bases and he’s walked three times with seven strikeouts (.273/.407/.545) for a .953 OPS.
Against right-handed pitching, Candelario is 3-for-13 with two doubles, three walks and a home run. Versus southpaws, Candelario has three hits in nine at-bats.
Candelario also played first base in the second game, moving across the diamond and taking over for Dan Vogelbach. Candelario made two starts at first base for Double-A Tennessee before the promotion, the first game action he’s seen at first base in the Cubs’ system since two games for Boise back in 2012.
After not putting up the numbers with Double-A Tennessee, Jeimer Candelario stayed with the process and now it’s paying off at a higher level with Triple-A Iowa.