Theo Epstein’s plan when he joined the Cubs organization was to stock pile young players. The first wave made their presence known this season in the majors. The next wave, however, is already starting to bring in accolades.
Saturday some of the best young stars of the game will be on the field together at the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars game. The Cubs already knew they would be well represented with a pair of prospects being named to the team. But Wednesday, they received a little more good news.
Both the East and West team had their final roster spot decided by a fan vote. Cubs prospect Jeimer Candelario received the most votes and is headed to the Fall Stars game.
The rosters were announced Monday and voting for the remaining spot has been open since. Candelario brought in 27.8 percent of the votes, enough to earn him the spot.
Candelario, a third baseman who is playing with the Solar Sox, is a 21-year-old switch hitting third baseman. In the first half of the fall league, Candelario is hitting .342 with 11 RBI. He’s the No. 20 prospect in the Cubs organization.
Joining Candelario are Cubs prospects Corey Black, a pitcher, and catcher Wilson Contreras.