The Chicago Cubs called up prospect Jeimer Candelario after placing Chris Coghlan on the disabled list. Candelario will start and make his MLB debut…
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The Chicago Cubs are seemingly an endless cycle of exciting prospect debuts, and Sunday we will all get to see Jeimer Candelario for his major league debut.
Candelario struggled to start the year at Double-A Tennessee, but when he arrived at Triple-A Iowa, he caught fire at the plate. In 25 games at Iowa, he hit .333 with seven doubles, two triples, and three home runs. He added 14 walks with 15 RBI and had an on-base percentage of .452. Those numbers obviously caught the attention of the Cubs, but Candelario was also selected to be part of the Futures game, along with Cubs prospect Eloy Jimenez.
The 22-year old is a switch hitter, known for having good contact and solid power from both sides of the plate. As an infielder, he has a strong arm and solid range, relying on instincts rather than speed and quickness to make plays.
Along with this roster move, the Cubs sent Chris Coghlan to the disabled list. It was a rough go for Coghlan after being traded to the Cubs for Arismendy Alcantara, and now someone else will get an opportunity to provide a spark for the struggling Cubs.
Candelario will wear No. 7, formerly worn by the aforementioned Alcantara. He has some big shoes to fill in terms of recent debuts, as Willson Contreras — who is hitting fifth and playing left field again — homered on the first pitch he saw.
Despite the three-game losing streak, this will be an exciting day for the Cubs and their fans to get to witness the debut of another very good prospect. Going up against the Mets and Noah Syndergaard, he’ll get a trial by fire.
Hopefully, he’s exactly what the Cubs need.