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Prince George's Jared Young to begin second Smokies' season two steps below the majors

He cracks Tennessee's 2021 roster as an outfielder

Minor league baseball is back south of the border, and may the force with be them!

After the 2020 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jared Young will suit for a second full season starting May 4 with the Tennessee Smokies of the 'AA' Southern League.

The team is two steps below their parent MLB team, the Chicago Cubs, who drafted the Prince George product in 2017.

This time, Young is being placed into the outfield after spending 2019 at first base, second base and the occasional pinch-hitter slot.

The 25-year-old left-handed batter went to the plate 455 times in 123 games in that campaign, the most of any player on the Smokies roster for both categories.

He combined for 107 hits and 57 RBIs, the second-most among his Tennessee teammates in both stats, along with five home runs and a .297 on-base percentage.

Despite Young's efforts, the Smokies finished last in its division of the 10-team league with a record of 58-81.

The Old Dominion University alum also played in the 2019 season of the MLB's Arizona Fall League with the Mesa Solar Sox.

Tennessee will match up against the defending Southern League-champion Montgomery Biscuits, 'AA' affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, to kick off the 2021 season.