CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today named former Iowa Cubs catcher Victor Caratini the organization’s minor league player of the month for June. It is the second-consecutive organizational player of the month honor for the catcher.
Caratini hit .345 (30-for-87) with 17 runs scored, nine doubles, four home runs and 21 RBI in the month for Iowa, leading to his first big league call-up on June 28. At the time of his promotion, he ranked fifth in the Pacific Coast League with a .341 season average and his 54 RBI paced the Cubs’ farm system. Caratini added 20 doubles, two triples and eight homers to his dominant Triple-A campaign.
The 23-year-old debuted for Chicago as a pinch-hitter against Washington on June 28. He grounded out to second in his only at-bat. Through six games with the Cubs, Caratini is 0-for-9 with one run, one walk and one strikeout.
The Braves selected the Puerto Rican native in the second round of the 2013 draft out of Miami Dade Junior College. He was traded to the Cubs at the deadline in 2014 for IF Emilio Bonifacio, LHP James Russell and cash. Caratini enjoyed a breakout season for Double-A Tennessee in 2016, finishing second in the Southern League in on-base percentage (.375) while ranking fifth in batting (.291).