CHICAGO—The first pitch Jeimer Candelario saw in the big leagues was a 100 mph fastball from Noah Syndergaard. He struck out, but two at-bats later got his first big league hit against the same guy.
A few days later, Candelario was back at Triple-A Iowa, just another one of the Cubs' bright young hitters. As a third baseman blocked behind Kris Bryant in Chicago, the 23-year-old has no natural path to the big league roster as spring training opened.
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