Cubs name minor league player and pitcher of the year

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The Cubs farm system, while not loaded with Kris Bryants, Kyle Schwarbers, and Javier Baez' anymore, still has plenty of talent. And among that talent, the Cubs recognized two players as people who stood out the most in their minor league system this season in Jared Young and Matt Swarmer. 

Jared Young, a 23-year-old infielder, won the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month back in June with Single-A South Bend, batting .313/.368/.525 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI. He was promoted on July 7th to Single-A Myrtle Beach where he continued to mash, slashing .282/.341/.431 with 6 home runs and 23 RBI in 51 games, as Young took massive steps of improvement from his first season of professional baseball.

The former 2017 15th round pick struggled some in his first season in the Cubs system, only mustering a single home run and a .257 batting average that left something to be desired. But after his strong 2018 season, Young is on his way to making a big league impact in the near future, finishing the year batting .300 with 16 combined home runs between South Bend and Myrtle Beach.

The Cubs minor pitcher of the year, Matt Swarmer had an encouraging 2018 season that saw him successfully make the jump to Double-A Tennessee. The 24-year-old Swarmer started the season in Myrtle Beach where he posted a 2.28 ERA, with a 10.3 K/9,  and an incredible 1.2 BB/9 in 9 starts for the Pelicans - which earned him a mid-season All-Star spot. Swarmer was called up to Tennessee on June 5th where he would finish the season with a 3.84 ERA, 808 K/9, and another impressively low walk rate at 1.6 BB/9. 

Swarmer struck out an impressive 135 batters while only walking 21 combined between Myrtle Beach and Tennessee this season. He also won the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month award in April, when he posted a 1.74 ERA with 21 strikeouts and only 3 three walks in his 4 starts that month. 

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.

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