Jeimer Candelario

Position: 3B
Born: 11/24/1993
Height: 6'1
Weight: 210
B/T: S/R
Acquired: Signed as an international free agent (Dominican Republic) on October 2, 2010 (CHC).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: .249 with seven homers and 39 RBIs along with 17 doubles in 81 games between Tennessee (Double-A) and Iowa (Triple-A).

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Iowa July 3 when OF Chris Coghlan was placed on the 15-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 7/3/2016

Debut Details
July 3, in a 14-3 loss to the New York Mets. The starting third baseman, he batted sixth and went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts. In his first at-bat in the first inning, he struck out looking on three pitches against starter Noah Syndergaard with two on and two outs. In the fourth inning, with Syndergaard still on the mound, he struck out once again on three pitches and once again looking. He led off the seventh inning — again, facing Syndergaard — by collecting his first big-league hit, singling to right field on the first pitch thrown. In the ninth inning, he struck out on a full count against reliever Logan Verrett.

Player Notes
If Candelario exhibited some rookie nerves and was maybe a little impatient at the plate, you simply cannot blame him. Operating on, by his own admission, about an hour’s worth of sleep, he got the news Saturday night that he’d not only be joining the big team but doing it in New York, the city in which he was born and where, despite having grown up in the Dominican Republic, he has a lot of friends and family (about two dozen of whom were at Citi Field Sunday afternoon). Considered one of the Cubs’ top prospects, he had already been named to play in the upcoming Futures Game when promoted and has been highly regarded not just for his bat but his plus arm, hands and agility in the infield. In 2015, between Myrtle Beach (High A) and Tennessee, he combined to hit .277 with 10 homers and 64 RBIs along with 35 doubles for a .431 SLG and was named to the Arizona Fall League’s All-Prospect Team that year as well. A career .265 hitter, he led the organization in doubles in ’15. Oh, and if you’re into lucky numbers, Candelario was 22.222 years old the day he was called up.