The Chicago Cubs were clobbered 14-3 Sunday by the accursed New York Mets, but that game brought at least a little good news for Kane County Cougars fans.
The Cubs brought up former Kane County Cougars third baseman Jeimer Candelario from Triple-A Iowa, and Candelario made his debut at third base on Sunday afternoon.
He is the fourth former Cougar to make a Major League debut with the Cubs this season.
Candelario finished the day going 1-for-4 at the plate after leading off the seventh inning with a single to right field.
Signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in September of 2010, Candelario spent the 2013 season with the Cougars as well as a portion of the 2014 season. Posting a .256 batting average with 71 RBI over 130 games during the 2013 season, he is the Cougars all-time batting leader in doubles with 54.
Listed as the No. 7 prospect on MLB.com, Candelario began the season with Double-A Tennessee before being promoted to the Iowa Cubs in June. In 25 games with Triple-A Iowa, he was batting .333 with 15 RBI. Following his debut, Candelario becomes the 143rd player in Kane County Cougars history to make it to the Major Leagues.
About the Kane County Cougars
The Cougars, Class-A Minor League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, have been at the forefront of family-friendly entertainment since 1991. In 2015, the franchise became the first Class-A team in Minor League Baseball history to welcome 11 million fans through the gates. More than 130 former Cougars have reached the Major Leagues including Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Schwarber. Follow the Cougars on kccougars.com, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all season long for updates on tickets and promotions.