After a two-hit performance yesterday, Candelario’s spring line is up to .357/.400/.679 over his 30 Cactus League plate appearances. Interestingly, that’s the most on the team by far (five other players are at 25 plate appearances). That is to say, Candelario is getting plenty of playing time, and he’s making the most of it.
For example, here he is deftly slapping a double the opposite way in yesterday’s blowout:
That pitch was exactly where Tyson Ross wanted it, too, and there was nothing anyone could do but watch the ball fly.
Candelario’s manager is taking notice of his proficiency, too, noting that his impressive stroke would have worked for Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby when he was a coach:
If the bat keeps doing what it’s doing, the Cubs are simply going to have to start playing Candelario in other positions to increase his versatility, and at least know what options they have and what options they don’t.