Former Kane County Cougars third baseman Jeimer Candelario made his major-league debut for the Chicago Cubs on Sunday — and he did it against New York Mets fireballer (and former Lansing Lugnuts pitcher) Noah Syndergaard.
Candelario struck out in both of his first two at-bats before collecting his first major-league hit — a single to right field in the top of the 7th inning — in his third at-bat against Syndergaard. He struck out a third time in his fourth at-bat, versus Mets reliever Logan Verrett.
Candelario played 193 games for the 2013-14 Cougars, cumulatively batting .254 with 17 HR and 94 RBI. He was on the team when the Cougars won the 2014 Midwest League Championship Series.
Syndergaard went 8-5 with a 2.60 ERA, 122 strikeouts and 31 walks in 103.2 IP for the 2012 Lugnuts. He also made two regular-season starts for Lansing in late 2011, striking out nine batters in nine innings.