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Prospects on Deck: OF Chavez Young – Blue Jays

Baseball in The Bahamas has become somewhat of a fascination of ours here at Legends On Deck. A few of the young and talented players that have come to join the professional ranks in the States have been the subject of articles and interviews here at the site. You have heard interviews between us and the likes of Todd Isaacs Jr. and Lucius Fox, Anfernee Seymour has been the subject of a Prospects on Deck article, and today we add another talented player who is helping pave the way for his fellow countrymen to that list.

Chavez Young is an outfielder in the very deep Toronto Blue Jays system who was born in Freeport, Bahamas and attended high school in the States. The Jays selected Young in the 39th round of the 2016 draft out of Faith Baptist Christian Academy in Ludowici, Georgia where he moved to after spending two years at Faith in Brandon, Florida.

Being a late round pick hasn’t phased Young one bit as the recently turned 21 year old has raked at the plate and played a solid outfield in all three seasons of his pro career. After being drafted, he spent 21 games in the Gulf Coast League before starting the 2017 season in Short Season. He only spent five games there before being assigned back to Rookie ball, but this time with Bluefield in the Appalachian League. During his time in the APPY League, he slashed .282/.332/.440 over 62 games.

Fast forward to 2018 and Young has burst onto the scene. The Blue Jays liked the potential they saw in the then 20 year old and decided to throw him into Single-A to start the campaign with the Lansing Lugnuts. Young only got better as he was named a 2018 Midwest League All-Star in his first full season assignment. So far for Lansing, the speedy outfielder has slashed .285/.353/.440 while splitting time almost evenly between right and center on defense.

Not known for his power when he was drafted, Young is proving he has the ability to barrel the ball to the gaps and, perhaps just as importantly, take the extra base when he does. 41 of his 110 hits have gone for extra bases, six of which were homers, and he has done that while striking out less than 20% of the time and walking nearly 10%. Not to mention he’s swiped 27 bags which is the third most in the Midwest League among hitters batting at least .280.

He’s young and there is still a lot of ladder left to climb, but Young is proving the tools are there. Couple that with the athleticism he showcases both in the field and on the bases, and we have a young man with a good shot of playing at a very high level in the Blue Jays system. He certainly has the potential to make a lot of teams feel very silly about letting him hang around until the 39th round.

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