Thanksgiving dinner is likely to seem especially tasty for onetime American Association hurler Bo Schultz since news arrived Wednesday that he had been added to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 40-man roster after a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. The 28-year-old righty and Northwestern journalism grad, who was mostly a bullpen contributor (4-3, 4.13 in 37 appearances) while helping Grand Prairie, TX win the Association title in 2011, went 3-0 with a 3.09 earned run average in seven starts in the AFL after both starting and relieving for the D-Backs’ top two farm clubs this summer.
Even during the frost of Winter, getting significant Cubs’ news past their fans is like trying to sneak a fastball by the quick hands of Cubs’ legend Ernie Banks. Despite the frost, most Cubs’ fans are dancing in the snow over 3B Kris Bryant, the team’s 2013 first round selection, being crowned MVP of the Arizona Fall League. Bryant, 21, and seven other Cubs’ prospects helped comprise the Mesa Solar Sox, who won the AFL’s East division with a 19-11 record before losing the championship game.
Kris Bryant’s MVP credentials included a .364 batting average in 77 at-bats, the league’s fifth highest average; 22 runs (tied-first); 28 hits (tied-fourth); eight doubles (tied-second); six homers (first); seventeen RBI (seventh); fourteen walks (tied-eight); .457 on-base-percentage (OBP)(fourth); and .727 slugging percentage (first).
Kane County Cougar and current Detroit Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera has won the 2013 American League Most Valuable Player award. Miguel Cabrera, who played at Kane County as part of the 2001 Midwest League Championship team, has won back-to-back MVP awards, becoming the first American Leaguer to be named MVP in consecutive years since Frank Thomas in 1993 and 1994.
Yesterday we featured the most celebrated members of the Chicago Cubs’ 2011 draft class, first round selection Javier Baez and second round pick Dan Vogelbach. Today we briefly profile six of the other twelve members of the final draft overseen by former Cubs’ general Jim Hendry who, we believe, have been productive enough since joining the organization to conjure hope. While the 2011 draft appears to be nowhere near as deep as the first two under the Theo Epstein regime, there are some potential diamonds in the ruff whose progress Cubs’ fans should follow.