Photos and breakdown of Jeimer Candelario's swing

Here's a look at Jeimer Candelario's swing from the right side from a video my wife took.  I do have one from the left side as well, but we'll re-shoot video when we're sitting on the 3rd base side to get a better view.

Candelario has one of the sweetest swings in the Cubs minor league system, but he doesn't project to hit for the kind of power as the previous guys we've analyzed (Dan Vogelbach, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler), especially  from the right side.  You wouldn't know it from this hit, which went over the CF'ers head for a double.

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  • I think this year should be telling as to whether or not we still need to look for a 3rd baseman of the future. Would love to see Baez prepared to slide over to 2nd knowing Candelario has taken the next step and looks to be our 3rd baseman of the future.

  • In reply to Ibleedcubbieblue:

    Would like to see that too. Best case scenario right now.

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    Do you think the bat will ever provide enough pop to play left, or is he going to have to stick at third to provide value?

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I think he's a 3B at best. Maybe a 1B.. He's not very fast. OF a stretch for him. He moves well laterally and made some nice plays today (was at the game), but he's not very good running in on the ball.

  • It is hard to project, but a sweet swinging switch hitting 3Bman would be a gift from baseball heaven.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    It certainly would.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    How good is he? Is Candelario a top 100 prospect?

  • John,
    What does Candelario's floor and ceiling looks like? Can this guy be a legit star player more most likely an average MLB player?

  • In reply to Paris:

    I think you're looking at a guy who can hit .300 with 20+ HRs and an OBP at .350+ with average defense at 3B as his ceiling.

    Floor is a guy who hits .275, 10 HRs and plays 1B -- in other words,a player who won't have much of a role in the bigs.

  • With so many great/good SS,2nd and 3rd base prospects who
    can move to another position if needed to.

  • His bat position 2 through 5 is outstanding, similar to Puhols, and the main reason why he is so quick to the ball.

    With a lot of guys, you see too much wrapping of the bat behind the head, which not only makes them late on a good fastball, but even makes them more susceptible to off-speed stuff, because they're more committed to the timing of their swing. Candelario's approach is excellent - conducive to handling major league pitching. I'm a lot more excited about him now than I was before. Thanks for showing this.

    I'd like to see him get his knocking knuckles lined up just a tad better, it would help his bat stay straight longer in the zone.

  • In reply to HackWilson09:

    Agreed. And thanks for your thoughts and analysis.

  • Candelario with the walk-off single the other way, Cougars win 6-5 in 10... Candy has a knack for that walk-off hit, he's very good in the clutch.

  • In reply to Caps:

    Saw it live. Hit a line drive over LH who was pulled in for the play.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Well done, can't wait to read your observations... Rock Shoulders is off to a great start, maybe he made some adjustments and if he keeps it up, the Cubs might experiment with him in the OF again to keep his bat at any cost.

  • Canderlario the next Chipper Jones? ;)

  • In reply to Nik0522:

    I'd be thrilled. Certainly has a good approach and the swing to hit for a high average.

  • John, with so many good infielders who has their position set

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    In reply to emartinezjr:

    Probably none of them until they make it to AA first. Hernandez though looks like a GB type SS so he may stay there(indicating a trade). The other guys might get moved around to increase versatility.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    I wouldn't say anybody at this point.


    When the Cubs picked Hayden Simpson with the #16 pick in 2010 they passed up on four third baseman.

    -Kaleb Cowart who also switch hits at pick # 18
    - Zack Cox at #25 who bats lefty
    -Nick Castellanos at #44
    -Mike Olt at #49

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    Whitenack DFA'd.

  • Indians designated Whitenack for assignment. Any chance the Cubs can get him back?

  • In reply to Ibleedcubbieblue:

    Sure. If they're willing to use a roster spot.

  • this is getting way ahead of myself (so before i go on, dont worry i know), but if candelario becomes the type of guy that his potential says he can be, thats a perfect #3 hitter. however by the time he gets to the bigs the cubs projected lineup 1-7 probably looks like this:

    1. Almora
    2. Castro
    3. Baez
    4. Rizzo
    5. Soler
    6. Castillo
    7. Jackson

    so i guess my question is, where does candelario hit? because if you put him in the 3 hole and move everyone else back then soler is hitting 6th...

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    In reply to jshmoran:

    Honestly, I've been thinking something along these lines:

    DeVoss LF
    Watkins 3B
    Rizzo 1B
    Soler RF
    Baez 2B
    Castro SS
    Almora CF
    Castillo C

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    You're close to what I was thinking:

    Szczur LF R
    Watkins 2B L
    Soler RF R
    Rizzo 1B L
    Baez 3B R
    Vogelbach DH L (When all these guys get up, the NL will go DH)
    Castro SS R
    Almora CF R
    Castillo C R

    with Lake as the super sub

  • In reply to jshmoran:

    That would be a great problem to have. I'd put Candelario 6th but too hard to say.

  • When do the Cubs begin to get competitive?

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    In reply to JOCK231:

    Baseball is a game of windows opening and closing unless you find a way to stay consistent year-in-and-year-out. The best way to do that is by building the farm/ player development, smart FA decisions, and a competent FO. None of which have applied to the Cubs. When all of those fall into place you will see a competitor.

    The good news is were getting close. Give it another year or two.

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