By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
CHAVEZ Young concluded his offseason in the final series of the Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente (LBPRC), commonly known as the Puerto Rican Winter League.
Young and his Mayaguez Indians advanced to the league final, but lost in five games (4-1) to the Caguas Criollos in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. The Criollos advanced to the Caribbean Series with the win.
The Toronto Blue Jays prospect finished the season hitting .296, with a .457 on base percentage, an .902 OPS and slugging .444 with a double, home run, five RBI and 13 total bases.
A 24-year-old outfielder, he spent his last offseason with the Canberra Cavalry in the Australian Baseball League. He hit .217 with a .467 OPS, five hits, two runs, one RBI, five total bases and two stolen bases.
He spent his last minor league season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the AA Eastern League. Over the course of the year, he had the most productive hitting stretch of his career in August. In that timespan, Young led the Fisher Cats to a 6-3 record and his 9-game hit streak included a .588 average with three home-runs, three doubles, 10 RBI, five runs scored, and three stolen bases. He had five multi-hit games including 3-5 with a home run, three runs, and four RBI in a 12-0 win over Hartford on August 17, 2-5 with a home run and one run and two RBI in a 3-2 win over Hartford, and 3-4 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored in a 5-3 loss to Hartford.
Young appeared in 78 games with the Fisher Cats and hit .265 with 74 hits and 52 RBI. He also had an .758 OPS, slugged .409 with 20 stolen bases, 41 runs scored, 15 doubles, two triples, and seven home runs.
Young was also called up to Spring Training prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and in his short time there, impressed the Blue Jays’ front office in the Grapefruit League both on the field and to move up the rankings and entered the top 30 on the prospect list.