If you follow the farm system closely, or even somewhat chances are you've heard about him by now. If you're one of those who don't get wind of prospects until they're close to the big leagues or make a Top 100 list, you should definitely start following this kid.
Here's what Ben Badler had to say about him recently
Cubs third baseman Jeimer Candelario was born in New York. Had he stayed in the United States, there's a good chance he would have been a first-round pick earlier this month.
Instead, Candelario moved to the Dominican Republic and signed with the Cubs two years ago for $500,000, which is already looking like a potential bargain. After crushing the ball in the Dominican Summer League last year, Candelario, 18, has skipped the Rookie-level Arizona League and jumped to short-season Boise, where he hit his first home run of the year yesterday in a 2-for-4 evening, bringing him to .292/.320/.458 through his first six games.
Candelario is a switch-hitter with a mature approach to hitting and power from both sides of the plate. He has work to do to remain at third base, but the Cubs have a potential breakout prospect on their hands here.
Since this was written, he's already added 3 HR, with a season line of .350/.395/.675/1.070. His OBP, a rarity in the PCL isn't what is was last season, and is what originally caught peopl's eyes. His DSL line for 2011 was .337/.443/.478 with 5 HR in 249 AB/305 PA.
If you're not yet on the bandwagon, hop on.