Bahamians tearing it up in Minor League BaseballYoung finishes 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored
A number of Bahamian professional players are having strong seasons in the minor leagues, in hopes of being called up at some point during the regular season in the majors.
Batting lead-off for the Lansing Lugnuts yesterday, center fielder Chavez Young batted 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. He was pulled in the top of the seventh as a late defensive replacement for the Lugnuts, and it almost cost them as the Dayton Dragons rallied from a six-run deficit to tie the game. The Lugnuts eventually prevailed, winning 10-9, on a walk-off single by Yeltsin Gudino in the bottom of the 10th. Young had two doubles and a single, and had his ninth stolen base of the season.
Young is batting .313 on the season with two home-runs, 20 RBIs and 27 runs scored. He is averaging more than a hit per game with 42 hits in 33 games played. Young is third on the team in hitting, second in runs scored and third in hits. He is in the top five in a number of other offensive categories as well.
In the game against the Dragons yesterday, Young doubled in the first but was left stranded. In his second at-bat, Young singled on a line drive to left field to score two, giving the Lugnuts a 3-0 lead. The Lugnuts scored three more times that inning, and took a 9-3 lead into the eighth before the Dragons battled all the way back. The Dragons scored six times in the top of the eighth, and the Lugnuts finally put the game away with Gudino’s game-winning hit in the 10th.
Young’s final hit of the day was a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth, giving the Lugnuts an 8-3 lead. Still, they had to go extra innings to put away the Dragons.
The Lugnuts, a Class-A minor league affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, currently lead the Midwest League standings with a 25-13 win/loss record. They will play the Dragons in the third game of a four-game set this evening at 7:05 p.m. at home, Cooley Law School Stadium, in Lansing, Michigan, USA.
Lucius Fox and the Charlotte Stone Crabs, a Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, played Lakeland last night but the result of that game was unavailable up to press time. Fox is hitting .328 with one home-run, 11 RBIs and 19 runs scored in 32 games this season.
Jasrado Chisholm and the Kane County Cougars, a Class-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, played the Burlington Bees last night but the result of that game was unavailable up to press time. Chisholm is hitting .277 with four home-runs, 11 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 23 games this season.
Todd Isaacs and the Lake County Captains, a Class-A minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, played the South Bend Cubs last night, but the result of that game was unavailable up to press time. Isaacs is hitting .206 with one home-run, 11 RBIs and 13 runs scored in 28 games this season.
Anfernee Seymour and the Jupiter Hammerheads, a Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Miami Marlins, played the Fort Myers Miracle last night, but the result of that game was unavailable up to press time. Now with the Hammerheads after starting the season with the Florida Fire Frogs, Seymour is hitting .202 with one home-run, seven RBIs and 10 runs scored in 26 games this season.