Candelario Pegged No. 5 3B Prospect in MLB

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By Iowa Cubs | January 24, 2017 4:43 PM ET

MLB Pipeline rated Jeimer Candelario, a 2016 Iowa Cub, the fifth-best third base prospect in all of baseball.

Candelario, 23, made his Triple-A debut with Iowa last season and posted a .333/.417/.542 slash line. In 76 games as an I-Cub, He reached base in 68 and added a 31 consecutive game on-base streak from July 24-Aug. 26 - the fourth longest streak of the season in the PCL. He led the league with a .404 (42-for-104) average from Aug. 8 through the end of the year.

Despite playing just over half of Iowa's schedule, Candelario finished fourth on the team in RBI (54) and walks (38). Among I-Cubs with 100-plus at-bats, he ranked second in slugging (.542), batting average (.333) and OPS (.959), while placing third in on-base percentage (.417).

In addition to his success with the Cubs' top affiliate, he also got his first taste of the big leagues in July. Candelario appeared in three games for Chicago and went 1-for-11 with two walks.

Candelario is slated to begin 2017 with Iowa.

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