By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
CHAVEZ Young and the Dunedin Blue Jays were one of the top contenders for a Class-A Advanced title. However, Hurricane Dorian preempted those plans.
Florida State League President Ken Carson announced yesterday that the Florida State League final weekend series and postseason will be cancelled because of the threat of Hurricane Dorian’s potential impact.
“This was a tough decision to make,” said Carson. “The safety of our players, staff, umpires and fans are top priority to us. Team travel is also a great concern during hurricanes.”
The FSL Finals were last cancelled by a hurricane in 2017, leaving the Dunedin Blue Jays and Palm Beach Cardinals as league co-champions. Dunedin led the North Division with an overall record of 79-55. They clinched a playoff berth as the top team in the first half of the season at 41-24.
In 54 games in the first half of the season, Young hit .228 with 46 hits and 23 RBI. He also had a .645 OPS, slugged .356 with 10 stolen bases, 27 runs scored, nine doubles, and five home runs.
Dunedin won at least 40 games in the first half for the first time since 2014. They also topped the division in the second half at 38-31.
Young is currently listed as the Blue Jays’ No.22 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He ranked second on the team with 24 stolen bases, second with 99 hits, tied for the lead with four triples and was third with 142 total bases.
On the season in 110 games, Young hit .249 with 99 hits and 43 RBI. He also had a .672 OPS, slugged .357 with 24 stolen bases, 53 runs scored, 17 doubles, and six home runs.
Last season, Young led the Class A Lansing Lugnuts in batting average, runs scored and stolen bases. It was a season of milestones for the 21-year-old outfielder as he was named a Midwest League All-Star. In 125 games, Young hit .285 with 134 hits and 57 RBI.
He also had an .808 OPS, slugged .445 with 44 stolen bases, 88 runs scored, 209 total bases, 33 doubles, nine triples and eight home runs. He finished tied for second the Midwest league total bases, second in both doubles and triples, tied for third in stolen bases and his 134 hits ranked sixth.
Defensively, playing in centre and right field, he totalled 15 outfield assists along with 290 putouts and a .984 fielding percentage.