#20- Jeimer Candelario (3B)
2015 Stats (Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Tennessee Smokies)
.277/.339/.431, 476 AB, 10 HR, 64 RBI, 35 2B, 63 R
Candelario was signed by the Cubs out of the Dominican Republican in 2010. At 22 years old, Candelario has been one the most productive hitters in every level he has played in.
After struggling a bit in Class-A Daytona, he got demoted to Low Class-A ball with Kane County and helped them win the Midwest League Championship.
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As a switch hitter, Candelario makes hard contact from both sides of the plate but shows more power from the left side. Overall, he is good at controlling the strike zone but did have some stretches in 2014 where he was either too passive or overly aggressive.
With above average arm strength and solid coverage in the field, his defense is a plus. He worked hard on his glove work and that has helped him improve his long-term chances of staying at third base. Candelario finished the 2015 season with the Smokies at Double-A, where he batted .291 with an OBP of .379. He will likely get some more time at Double-A to start the season this year.
It’s possible he finishes 2016 at Triple-A, meaning he is on pace to crack the big league roster in 2017, but with a crowded infield for the Cubs, there might not be a place for him.