Archive | November, 2013
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Cubs Prospects Succeed in Fall, Ready to Work in Winter

The Arizona Fall League had many ups and downs for every player there, but for the Cubs players there were a lot more of the former. The Cubs sent four position players and four pitchers to the fall league; the most highly regarded being pitcher Dallas Beeler, right fielder Jorge Soler, center fielder Albert Almora […]

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Gillispie Named Honorable Mention for Broadcaster of the Year

Ballpark Digest, the highly regarded everything baseball website recently announced their annual ‘Broadcast of the Year’ award. This year Mick Gillispie received honorable mention for the third time in as many years. When all levels of minor league baseball are taken into consideration, there are a host of broadcasters who can be potential candidates for the […]

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Kris Bryant Name Arizona Fall League MVP

Saturday Kris Bryant received the Joe Black MVP award for his excellence in the Arizona Fall League. Bryant had an amazing fall that was not closely contested by any other player in league. The 21-year-old Las Vegas native is the first Cubs prospect to be honored with the award since Sam Fuld in 2007. Bryant […]

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Surprise Saguaros Shutout Mesa Solar Sox in AFL Championship

The Surprise Saguaros defeated the Mesa Solar Sox 2-0 in the 22nd annual Arizona Fall League Championship Game, for the first shutout in the game’s history. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon for baseball in Scottsdale, Arizona, 3,645 fans made their way through the gates in the spring home of the San Francisco Giants, and winter […]

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Beeler, Bryant and Soler All Starting in AFL Championship Game

The Cubs are well represented in the 22nd annual Arizona Fall League Championship game today. Dallas Beeler is getting the call and will start on hill for the Mesa Solar Sox. Beeler came into the Arizona Fall League recovering from a finger injury and has shown steady improvement throughout. He enters the championship game sporting […]

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VIDEO: Albert Almora Arizona Fall League Interview

Albert Almora recently sat down with Jeff Platt of the Smokies Radio Network to discuss his improvement throughout the Arizona Fall League. The 19-year-old outfielder has swung the bat well all through the fall league, batting .307 with six doubles and 12 RBIs in 79 plate appearances. Almora said the Cubs, “could send me to […]

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Arguello: Gillispie Deserving of Chance in Chicago

On Monday, John Arguello – lead writer for the popular Chicago blog  Cubs Den  stated that Tennessee Smokies director of broadcasting Mick Gillispie was deserving of a shot with WGN Radio as a color analyst for the Chicago Cubs in the upcoming 2014 season. Arguello wrote: Replacing Ron Santo is never going to be easy.  I think […]

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VIDEO: Wes Darvill Arizona Fall League Interview

Wes Darvill recently took some time to sit down with the Smokies Radio Network and discuss his development in the Arizona Fall League. The 22 year-old third baseman spent last season with the Kansas City T-Bones and the Daytona Cubs and batted .267 over 94 games with 16 doubles, seven triples, three homeruns and 40 […]

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VIDEO: Brian Harper Arizona Fall League Interview

Former Tennessee Smokies Manager Brian Harper recently sat down with the Smokies Radio Network to discuss the progression of the Cubs players at the Arizona Fall League. Currently Harper serves as the hitting coach for the Mesa Solar Sox and has been working with Cubs prospects Almora, Soler, and Bryant while they’ve been in Arizona. […]

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VIDEO: Dallas Beeler Arizona Fall League Interview II

Tennessee Smokies starting pitcher Dallas Beeler recently took the time to speak with the Smokies Radio Network about his growth at the Arizona Fall League. The 24 year-old Tulsa native is sporting a winning record in the fall league sitting at 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA and 7 strikeouts over 16.2 innings pitched. Beeler said […]

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