If there was a player this Spring support his promotion to the 25-man roster, it is Jeimer Candelario. The Chicago Cubs No. 5 prospect, and No. 96 in all of baseball, Candelario is ready to make the move up.
This Spring, he is performing to a .320/.346/.520 split. Plus, he adds value to the bench by being a switch hitter. And we know that Maddon likes versatility. Playing either first or third and having the option to choose a side of the plate regardless of who is on the mound is enough to pause and consider the option.
The only issue with making it on the Opening Day roster is that he will not see regular at-bats. And that is what he will need to continue performing. While with the Cubs in 2016, he only hit .091. Maybe it was the level of talent, which is doubtful. More likely, it was the immense pressure Candelario put on himself. While he is proving he is ready, it is more likely he receives a call mid-season and in September.