Rockies speedster Eric Young Jr. was sent to the Venezuelan Winter League this month to work on his play at second base, the hope being that he might enter 2012 with a bit more defensive versatility.
But that plan has now been derailed.
According to Rafael Rojas of Viva Colorado, an affiliate of the Denver Post, Young has been fired from his winter league team, Bravos de Margarita, for twice showing up to the ballpark late for games.
Young was also a disappointment at the plate during his short time in Venezuela, batting just .240 with a .333 OBP and three RBI in 50 at-bats for the Bravos.
It’s not yet known whether the 26-year-old infielder-outfielder will attempt to sign on with another club.
Cavan Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has been called up by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Biggio, 24, was a fifth round selection in the 2016 draft. So far this year he has put up a .307/.445/.504 batting line with six home runs and five steals Triple-A Buffalo. He’s a utility guy of sorts, having spent time at first, second, third and all three outfield positions so far this year. He, perhaps ironically, has not caught yet in his pro career, nor does he play short. Still, that kind of flexibility in a young player can be pretty useful in this age of big bullpens. Especially if he continues to rake like he has. He’ll likely mostly play second base for the Jays starting out.
With Vlad Guerrero Jr. playing third base every day, Toronto now has two sons of Hall of Famers on their roster. That’s pretty neat.