PEORIA, Ill. — Chiefs first baseman Juan Yepez has played a big role in the Chiefs success the past few seasons. Yepez started this season at State College, but was called up to Peoria on June 3rd. And hit two home runs for the Chiefs in his first game back in Peoria.
“Oh it’s nice to be here,” said Yepez. “This is a town that when I was 19 years old, welcomed me and made this place home.”
Now 21 years old, the Venezuela native is still very much a student. The Cardinals have been working on his ability to become a versatile player by playing many positions.
“Work on the outfield too, so I can play the corners in the outfield, corners in the infield, too,” Yepez said. “It’s great to be able to play all of those positions.”
Yepez is still growing off the field as well. He is currently a college student at Brescia University in Kentucky. He’s just 20 credit hours away from an associates degree in business: with a 3.9 GPA.
“My dream is to be able to get to the big leagues, and then after that, still working in the (front) office of baseball, something like that,” said Yepez.
“The things like, God gave me the ability to play baseball. My parents want me to play baseball, but the real plan was to go to school. It’s just nice, it keeps me busy, you know.”