CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today named former South Bend Cubs infielder Jared Young and right-handed pitcher Matt Swarmer the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the year, respectively.
Young and Swarmer will be honored during an on-field ceremony prior to the Cubs 7:05 p.m. CT game Thursday, September 27, against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.
Young, 23, batted .300 (134-for-447) with 19 doubles, eight triples, 16 homers and 76 RBI in 120 games this season between South Bend and Advanced-A Myrtle Beach. He began the year with South Bend, hitting .313 (81-for-259) with 13 doubles, six triples, 10 homers and 53 RBI in 69 games as he earned Midwest League mid-season All-Star honors. Named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for June, he batted .340 (34-for-100) with four doubles, two triples, five homers and 27 RBI on the month before being promoted to Myrtle Beach, July 7.
Since making his pro debut in 2017 with Single-A Eugene, Young has batted .290 (170-for-587) with 25 doubles, nine triples, 17 homers and 91 RBI in 159 career contests. He has appeared in 82 games at first base, 33 games at second base, 21 games in left field and one game at shortstop.
A 15th round draft pick in the 2017 Draft, Young attended Old Dominion University where he was named First-Team All-C-USA and a Third-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and ABCA/Rawlings.
Swarmer, 24, went 9-8 with a 3.22 ERA (46 ER/128.2 IP) in 24 starts between Single-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Tennessee. He struck out 135 batters while walking just 21, good for a 6.43 strikeout to walk ratio. While splitting the 2017 campaign between four different affiliates, Swarmer spent the majority of last year with South Bend. Going 3-3 with a 5.33 ERA in 14 appearances, Swarmer picked up 52 strikeouts in just 49 innings while walking just nine batters.
Swarmer has a career 16-14 record with a 3.84 ERA (106 ER/248.2 IP) in 56 appearances, 41 as a starter. He went 7-5 with a 4.71 ERA (53 ER/101.1 IP) in 24 appearances across four teams in the Cubs organization in 2017, and posted a 3.38 ERA (7 ER/18.2 IP) in eight games with Mesa in his pro debut in 2016.
Selected by the Cubs in the 19th round of the 2016 Draft out of Kutztown University (Penn.), Swarmer was named All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference First Team in 2016.
About the South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs are the Class A minor league affiliate of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Over the past 31 seasons, the team has won five Midwest League titles, most recently in 2005, and has captured 12 division titles. In 2019, the South Bend Cubs will host the Midwest League All-Star Game. In June 2017, Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs, was voted Best Class A ballpark in the country by Ballpark Digest. In 2015 the team was named Ballpark Digest's Team of the Year and received the John H. Johnson President's Award, the highest award in minor league baseball. The team is owned and operated by Swing-Batter-Swing, LLC whose principal shareholder is Andrew T. Berlin of Chicago, Ill. More information is available at www.SouthBendCubs.com.
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