Miami, FL- Former MDC baseball player Victor Caratini was called up to the big leagues by the Chicago Cubs last night Wednesday, June 29, 2017. The Cubs called up the 2013 second round pick after the organization cut former starting catcher Miguel Montero for calling out their pitcher Jake Arrieta.
According to ESPN, Caratini will serve as the Cubs' backup catcher to Willson Contreras. Although Caratini's role is primarily a catcher, he has played first and third base in the minors. With his experience at different positions, ESPN believes he "fits in nicely with the Cubs' versatile roster of position talent."
Before the Cubs called up Caratini, he was hitting .343/.384/.539 at the Triple-A level. In addition, Caratini "put up an OPS better than .900 from sides of the plate this season."
For people who kept abreast of Caratini's success in the minors, getting called up was not a surprise. ESPN's Senior Writer Keith Law ranked Caratini as the Cubs' 12th- best prospect before the season and Baseball America ranked him as the 17th best.
During his lone season at MDC, Caratini hit .377/.467/.549 and received All-Southern Conference First Team, FCSAA All-State Baseball First Team, and NJCAA All-Gulf District Team honors. In addition, Caratini was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year.
In addition, on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 former Shark Jharel Cotton started as a pitcher for the Oakland A's against the Miami Marlins. According to MDC's Pitching Coach Kevin Long, "Cotton has the challenging and important role of being in their (the Athletics') starting rotation."