Chicago Cubs: Carlos Sepulveda is catching fire at the perfect time

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Chicago Cubs: A rollercoaster start to his career

Following his signing with Chicago, Sepulveda was sent to the Rookie league to hone his skills. While there, the left-hander slashed an impressive .281/.351/.308 in 47 games. Sepulveda drove in 25 runs and swiped six bags while posting a .324 wOBA and league-average 100 wRC+.

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His second year in professional baseball has been his best yet. In 2016, Sepulveda played 80 games at South Bend, slashing an improved .310/.366/.373 with a home run and 24 RBI. The strikeout rate also saw a dip from 14.1% to 11.2% and Sepulveda finished the campaign with a 122 wRC+.

Sepulveda’s 2017 season started right where he left off the year before. Back in the Rookie league, Sepulveda slashed .324/.390/.378 through nine games. Unfortunately, that would be the start to a disappointing season after Sepulveda received his call to Myrtle Beach. A shoulder injury derailed his season, and in 28 games for the Pelicans, Sepulveda slashed a balmy .196/.272/.214.

He received surgery for his ailing shoulder in 2018 which shelved Sepulveda for the entire season. It all seems to be in the rearview mirror for Sepulveda, however, as he has managed to return to full health and is maintaining a quality year so far for the Pelicans.