Monday, September 11, 2017
By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
CHAVEZ Young was called up last week to shore up the roster for the Vancouver Canadians as the club looked to make a championship run.
The Canadians are in the midst of the Northwest League Championship Series in the Class A Short Season and Young has delivered at the plate in his brief stint with the club thus far.
In game one of the championship series on Saturday, he finished 2-4 at the plate including a solo home run and two runs scored.
His home run gave the Canadians a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Trailing 4-2 headed into the fifth inning, Vancouver rallied for four runs in the top half to take the lead for good. They would tack on an additional run in the seventh inning for the game’s final margin.
With the win, Vancouver took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series and extended their win streak to seven games. Game two took place last night and game three will be hosted in Vancouver as will games four and five (if necessary) on September 11, 12 and 13.
Young was thrust into action immediately following his call up and went 1-3 in game one of the semi-finals against Spokane. They went on to advance with the sweep.
He joined the Canadians on September 6 for his second stint with the club after he completed play in the Appalachian League with the Bluefield Blue Jays.
Young and the Blue Jays were eliminated in the final game of the semi-final series in the Appalachian League last week prior to his call up.
Young hit .444 for the series, but the Blue Jays lost 2-1 to the Pulaski Yankees who claimed the Appalachian’s Eastern Division title.
In game one, Young, the team’s leadoff hitter, went 2-for-3, including his solo home run off Pulaski starting pitcher Deivi Garcia. In game two he went 2-2 and scored another run before he finished 0-4 as the entire team struggled through two hits and a shutout loss in game three.
Young led the Appalachian League with eight triples, was second in runs scored with 55, and seventh in total bases with 118.
In 67 games this season, Young hit .283 with, four stolen bases, slugging .445, an on-base percentage of .336, an OPS of .781 and four home runs.
Out of Faith Baptist Academy in Ludowici, Georgia, the Grand Bahama native was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays organisation in July 2016 and was assigned to the GCL Blue Jays as a rookie just days later.
This past June, Young began the summer with the Canadians but appeared in just five gamesbefore he was reassigned to Bluefield.