By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
THE Buffalo Bisons split their six-game series with the Iowa Cubs and Chavez Young emerged as one of the club’s offensive leaders as he looks to gain ground in the International League (AAA) standings.
Young recorded a hit in each of the six games and finished with an average of .478 (11-23), five runs and three RBI.
The 24-year-old outfield prospect had his best games of the series in Buffalo wins and finished 2-5 with a run and an RBI in a 5-4 game three win and 2-5 with two runs in a 6-5 win in game five.
In his other games of the series he went 1-4 with a run, 1-2 with a run, 1-3 and 1-4 with two RBI in the series finale.
The Bisons are 46-44 in the International League East.
Young was recognised as the club’s Player of the Week in the final week of June. In six games he hit .368, scored six runs, with three stolen bases a .478 on base percentage and a 1.004 OPS.
His week included several highlights defensively in the field to coincide with his production at the plate.
In a June 21 8-7 win over the St Paul Saints, Young made a spectacular leaping catch over the centrefield wall to rob the Saints’ Jermaine Palacios of a grand slam. He finished 2-3 and scored a run in the Bison’s 2-1 win Sunday to conclude the six-game set against the Saints.
In 44 games with Buffalo this season, Young is hitting .255 with 16 stolen bases, five doubles, a triple, three home-runs, and 18 RBI.
Young was also a non-roster invitee to 2022 Spring Training for the second consecutive year and spent time with the major league roster in the Grapefruit League.
He initially intended to begin the season with the Bison when he was assigned to the club on April 5, but was placed on rehab assignment with the Dunedin BlueJays in Single A baseball on May 14.
In five games with Dunedin he hit .278 and slugged .444 with one stolen base.
Young spent last season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the AA Eastern League. He 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.
He spent time last offseason in the Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente (LBPRC), commonly known as the Puerto Rican Winter League and with the Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League.