Jeimer Candelario

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Jeimer Candelario

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 180 lb.

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Third baseman Jeimer Candelario began his professional career in 2011 at 17 years old. He was signed by Chicago Cubs scouts Jose Serra and Marino Encarnacion.

He began his career with a .337/.443/.478 slash line in 72 games for the DSL Cubs. He average declined each season through 2014, and his on-base percentage and slugging percentage stagnated or declined as well, however going into 2013 he was ranked the #8 prospect in the Cubs chain by Baseball America and in 2014, he was again rated #8. At 19 years old in 2013, he had 35 doubles and 11 home runs in 130 games; the next year, he had 29 doubles and 11 dingers.

In 2015, he rebounded to hit .277/.339/.431 with 10 home runs, 35 doubles and 64 RBI in 128 games between the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Tennessee Smokies. He was a Carolina League Mid-Season All-Star and MiLB.com Organization All-Star. After the campaign, he played for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .329/.371/.610 with 5 home runs and 15 RBI in 21 games to be named to the All Prospect Team and a Rising Star. Going into 2016, BA ranked him the #10 prospect in the Cubs system. He began the year at Double A, making the Southern League All-Star team. On June 8, he was promoted to Triple A for the first time; after hitting .333/.452/.600 in 25 games with the Iowa Cubs, he was called up to the majors.

He made his big league debut on June 3, 2016 against the New York Mets. Facing All-Star pitcher Noah Syndergaard, he struck out in his first and second at-bats, but managed a single in his third. Then he struck out again versus Logan Verrett in his fourth plate appearance. He only played 5 games for the Cubs, going 1 for 11 (.091). With Iowa he finished the season at .333 with 9 homers and 54 RBIs in 76 games, giving him a minor league batting line of .286/.380/.469 in 131 games, with 39 doubles, 13 homers and 77 RBIs. With most other organizations, he would have been considered a top-line prospect, but the Cubs were teeming with promising young players and he was a bit lost in the shuffle as 2017 started. He played 11 games, hitting .156, but was mainly with Iowa, where he hit .266 with 12 homers and 52 RBIs in 81 games. On July 30th, he was one of two prospects traded by the Cubs to the Detroit Tigers in return for C Alex Avila and P Justin Wilson, with Isaac Paredes joining him.

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