It’s only two steps down from the big league!
After putting on an impressive pre-season performance with the Chicago Cubs, Jared Young of Prince George has been assigned to play in-field for the Tennessee Smokies, the ‘AA’ minor-league team of the Major League Baseball (MLB) club.
During spring training, Young took the field 15 times for the Cubbies with 25 at-bats that resulted in six hits and two highlight-reel home runs, including one in his MLB debut on Feb. 25.
That was a two-run shot against the San Diego Padres during the 23-year-old’s first plate appearance in the seventh inning with two outs.
His second was a three-run homer that came less than four days later against the Arizona Diamondbacks, also in the seventh inning with two outs.
Young also earned two-doubles off those six hits and a .296 on-base-percentage (OBP).
Last season, he played 69 games with the South Bend Cubs at the Single-A level, clobbering 10 home runs before being called up to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the Advanced-A minors, where he started in 51 regular season games to close out 2018.
So, with his promotion to ‘AA,’ there’s a possibility Young could get called up at some point in time to Chicago’s top minor-league team, the Iowa Cubs in ‘AAA’ barring any major injuries and if the season is kind to the Prince George Secondary (PGSS) graduate.
Young will start his 2019 campaign this Thursday (April 4) when Tennessee hosts a five-game series against the Mississippi Braves.
The Smokies are coming off an up-and-down season, finishing with a record of 67-71 and third overall in the Southern League’s North Division.
Young was drafted by Chicago in the 15th round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of Old Dominion University (Virginia).
.@jaredyoung9 may not be with the big club, but the @Cubs have promoted his minor-league status 🐻⚾️ The 23-year-old from Prince George will play for @smokiesbaseball in the 'AA' Southern League this season | #CityOfPG @MiLB @PGMatters pic.twitter.com/Rx4WLVH8s4— Kyle Balzer (@KyleBalzer) April 1, 2019