Jeimer Candelario’s smooth swing from both sides of the plate has made him a standout in AAA. Just called up to Colorado for today’s doubleheader, the third baseman joins the Cubs after batting .340 with four homers in 115 PA, all while sporting an impressive 13.9 percent walk rate and 22.6 percent strikeout rate.
Candelario was left out of FanGraphs’ top 100 prospects list in the offseason, though the cutoff was close. However, KATOH — a computer minor league projection system — ranked Candelario as the 77th best prospect in the game. KATOH forecasts a total of 5 WAR for the 23 year old over his first six MLB seasons.