The baseball world is taking notice of Jared Young.
There's no bigger stage for his sport than Major League Baseball and Young had been a standout with his bat in spring training with the Chicago Cubs.
After missing a few games to rest up sprained ankle, the 23-year-old from Prince George returned to action Friday against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Ariz. Young came in to pinch hit for Cubs pitcher Randy Rosario right after Wynton Bernard blasted a two-run homer to give the Cubs a 10-8 lead.
Facing White Sox pitcher Nate Jones, Young hit a long fly ball that deflected off the glove of leftfielder Luis Gonzalez and landed for a double. Young later got caught stealing third but the Cubs added one more run in the eighth to cinch an 11-8 victory.
Young's pinch hit was his sixth in 14 at-bats and it raised his batting average to .429. His third double this spring improved his on-base percentage to .467 and his OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging average) shot up to an astronomical 1.467. He also has two home runs.
Young was featured Friday on the Major League Baseball website in a story headlined "30 prospects crushing it this spring." That can be found at mlb.com/news/top-prospects-at-2019-spring-training.
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