Cubs prospects Jeimer Candelario and Willson Contreras make MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week
Jeimer Candelario spent his week raking in Pacific Coast League as he prepares for The Call that Willson Contreras received June 17. And two of the top young players in the Cubs organization landed in MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week.
MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week: C Willson Contreras (Cubs), 1B Rhys Hoskins (Phillies), 2B Jonathan Piron (Rockies), 3B Jeimer Candelario (Cubs), SS Trea Turner (Nationals), OF Hunter Cole (Giants), OF Courtney Hawkins (White Sox), OF Aaron Judge (Yankees), LHP Thomas Szapucki (Mets), RHP Jose Berrios (Twins)
Jeimer Candelario played in seven games for the I-Cubs. Candelario hit .409/.536/.727 with a 1.263 OPS. Candelario had nine hits in the week, five went for extra bases (four doubles and a home run) while walking six times with five strikeouts. Candelario scored two runs and had four RBI.
Jim Callis labeled Candelario as “one of the best third-base prospects in the game.” And he’s been rather impressive at the plate, especially for a 22-year old, after his promotion to Triple-A Iowa.
Entering play on June 28, Candelario had a .349/.475/.619 slash line in 20 games for the Iowa Cubs. Candelario has 22 hits in 63 at-bats (13 walks, 15 strikeouts) and half of his knocks have gone for extra bases. Candelario has seven doubles, two triples and two home runs for a 1.094 OPS in his short time with the I-Cubs.
For the season, Candelario has hit .249/.361/.425 with 24 doubles, three triples and six home runs for a .786 OPS in 76 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.
Willson Contreras put up his numbers in the big leagues and has made quite the impression since he was called up. In seven games, Contreras had seven hits (one doubles, two home runs) and had four walks and six strikeouts. Contreras had a .318/.444/.636 line with a 1.080 OPS.
Jim Callis believes Willson Contreras is “the best catching prospects in baseball.”
Contreras has hit safely in eight of nine games in the majors in which he’s had a plate appearance. Contreras is batting .370/.485/.741 after 10 games with a double and three home runs for a 1.226 OPS. Contreras has five walks with eight strikeouts in 27 at-bats.
Jeimer Candelario and Willson Contreras were teammates last season with Double-A Tennessee and the Mesa Solar Sox (Arizona Fall League). After spending the spring together in big league camp for the first time, Candelario finally joined Contreras at Iowa before he was called up. Candelario, like Contreras, is on the Cubs’ 40-man roster. With the impression he made on Joe Maddon in the spring and with the way he’s tearing up the PCL, if the Cubs need another position player, Candelario and Contreras could share a dugout again.