Former Cougars infielder makes MLB debut

Jeimer Candelario played for the Kane County Cougars in 2013 and 2014. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Jeimer Candelario played for the Kane County Cougars in 2013 and 2014. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

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.

Noah Syndergaard pitched for the Lansing Lugnuts in 2011 and 2012. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Noah Syndergaard pitched for the Lansing Lugnuts in 2011 and 2012. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

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