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20 17 SP RIN G TR A I N I N G M AG AZIN E Spring 2017

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CONTENTS 2017 Spring Training Magazine |


on the cover

From Fall League to Fall Classic

44 Schedule

stadium information 28 Camelback Ranch 30 Goodyear Ballpark 32 Sloan Park 34 Maryvale Baseball Park 36 Peoria Sports Complex

38 Hohokam Stadium 40 Salt River Fields 42 Scottsdale Stadium 48 Surprise Stadium 50 Tempe Diablo

things to do

team previews

51 AZ Diamondbacks 52 Chicago Cubs 54 Chicago White Sox 56 Cincinnati Reds 58 Cleveland Indians 60 Colorado Rockies 62 Kansas City Royals

64 Los Angeles Angels 65 Los Angeles Dodgers 68 Milwaukee Brewers 70 Oakland Athletics 72 San Diego Padres 74 San Francisco Giants 76 Seattle Mariners 77 Texas Rangers 78 You Be The Scout

maps SNAPSHOTS 22 Phoenix & Scottsdale 63 Grand Canyon & N. AZ 66 Sedona & N. Central AZ


TOP TENS 24 Phoenix & Scottsdale 71 Sedona

46 Metro Phoenix 57 State of Arizona 55 Downtown Phoenix 61 Driving Distances 55 Glendale & W. Valley 69 Sedona

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On behalf of everyone at Arizona KEY Travel Magazine, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Arizona, the Grand Canyon state. Spring Training offers baseball fans a unique opportunity. The venues are state of the art, providing intimate, up close and personal viewing. The players are more accessible, all of the teams are tied for first place, and hope springs eternal. It all starts here at Spring Training, where practice and game play will help the “boys of summer” endure the season and hopefully earn a spot in the “fall classic”. Helping you navigate the Cactus League is hall of fame sport’s writer Charlie Vascellaro. Through his cover story and team previews, you’ll be guided thru the Spring Training season with substantive information delivered with Charlie’s brilliant flair. Be sure to bring this magazine to the games with you - turn to page 78 to become a baseball scout, take notes, and get signatures of this year’s top prospects. Arizona KEY Travel Magazine’s Ultimate Fan Guide to Cactus League Baseball marks the 15th Anniversary of this extremely popular publication. The first issue of KEY in the Valley of the Sun debuted in 1969. For almost 50 years, Arizona KEY Travel Magazine has been an integral part of the Grand Canyon State. Of course a few things have changed since the sixties - we now have the web, streaming videos, tablets, smartphones, virtual reality headsets, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, all of which can be found online at But one thing remains the same. Whether you are “old- school” or “newschool”, we still provide pertinent and timely travel information to visitors and residents alike. Thanks to our advertisers for supporting the book, and thank you to the concierge and other travel professionals who use the publication as a resource for their guests. Lastly, thank you to all of the Spring Training fans - it warms my heart when I see the Spring Training Guide sticking out of a purse or back pocket - we do it for you. See you at the ballpark, 
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ARIZONA KEY MAGAZINE Publisher Thomas J. Ruberto Editor/Distribution Susan Malthaner

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hicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber wasn’t supposed to return until next year (this year) after tearing both his ACL and LCL ligaments and spraining his left ankle in a violent collision with center fielder Dexter Fowler against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Phoenix in just the third game of the 2016 season.



Schwarber, a promising young prospect who had clubbed 16 home runs in just 69 games in his previous rookie campaign, was not expected to play for the rest of the season while the Cubs marched on towards the team’s first World Series appearance in 108 years. But there he was back in action and back in Arizona rehabbing with the organization’s top prospects in the Arizona Fall League, three weeks into the Major League Baseball post season. Major League Baseball’s premier developmental league each of the Arizona Fall League’s six teams is composed of a limited number of single-A, AA and AAA players from five major league organizations’. Most players asR E RB WA signed to the Arizona Fall League SCH E L KY ND have not yet reached the majors but earned RA ME M I Z their assignments to the league by virtue of their RAD B CT SPE superior skills and performance to pit them against players PRO S IAN IND of a similar caliber. Occasionally a player will be assigned to the Fall League to work on a particular skill set or for rehabilitation purposes.

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Schwarber worked hard all year to get himself back in playing condition and joined the Mesa Solar Sox on October 22nd two weeks into the AFL season and six months after undergoing double ligament surgery on his left knee. “It’s a testament to how hard Kyle has worked to be in this position to how it’s a possibility. It’s a credit to him and all the members of our staff who have worked with him,” said Cubs general manager Theo Epstein to the Chicago Tribune at the time. “It’s awesome,” said Cubs manager Joe Maddon, “I didn’t see it coming.” While Schwarber’s name was written into the Solar Sox starting lineup as the designated hitter in Mesa that night about 1,500 miles away the Cubs were hosting the sixth game of the National League Championships Series with a three-games-to-two lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Looking a bit rusty but not terribly worse for the wear Schwarber went 0-3 with a walk hitting B A EH ER R UE two soft ground outs and one hard hit line ARZ L LEAG W H SC T FAL A drive to right-center. Schwarber looked impressive enough during batting practice to win a spot on the World Series roster and watched from the dugout in Mesa as the Cubs defeated the Dodgers to advance to the World Series. He ever received the requisite champagne shower in the clubhouse before embarking on his journey back to Chicago. Sure enough, in the same story-book fashion consistent with the way the Cubs season and World Series unfolded, Schwarber proved to be a tremendous factor as the team’s DH in all four road games at Cleveland leading all World Series hitters with a .417 batting average and going 3-5 in the decisive seventh game.

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The 2016 World Series proved to be one for the ages with the Cubs coming back from a three-games-to-one deficit winning the team’s first championship since 1908 and prolonging Cleveland’s Series-winning drought, currently the longest in the majors, dating back to 1948. While Schwarber’s Fall League to the Fall Classic journey is unique a combined total of 25 members of both the Cubs and Indians World Series rosters are Arizona Fall League alumni. A testament to the Cubs home-grown farm system and General Manager Theo Epstein’s five-year rebuilding plan, 15players on the Cubs 25-man Series roster have Fall League experience including 2016 World Series MVP second baseman Ben Zobrist whose fall league experience dates back to 2006 when he was still with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and played for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. Center fielder Dexter Folwer, who has since left the team signing as a free-agent with division rival St. Louis and backup outfielder Chris Coghlan, who has also since departed via free-agency, were with the Rockies and Marlins respectively ROBERTO PEREZ when both played for the Peoria AND YAN GOMES Javelinas in 2007. Cubs’ ace pitcher and 2015 Cy Young award Jake Arrieta was also in the Fall League in 2007 as a member of the Baltimore Orioles when he played for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. Outfielder Jason Heyward was a Braves top prospect when he played for the Peoria Saguaros in 2009. Pitcher Mike Montgomery served two fall league stints; one with the Royals in Surprise in 2010 and later with the Rays for the Salt River Rafters in 2013.

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Fire-balling reliever Aroldis Chapman fastball was being clocked over 100 MPH when he was assigned to the PHX Desert Dogs by the Cincinnati Reds a short while after he defected from Cuba. The Cubs first round draft pick of 2011, second baseman Javier Baez was with the Mesa Solar Sox in 2012. Albert Amora, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jorge Soler all played for the 2013 Solar Sox. Bryant was named the 2013 AFL MVP hitting .364 with six home runs, eight doubles, 17 RBI and a 1.184 OPS. Almora hit .307 with 12 RBI with six doubles and two triples in 21 games, Russell hit .282 with five stolen bases and Soler hit .271 with 14 RBI. This Solar Sox 19-11 record was the best in the Fall League providing an early collective winning experience for this core group of Cubs prospects. “String Bean Slinger,� relief pitcher Carl Edwards and catcher Wilson Contreras was also assigned to Mesa in 2015. Schwarber became the first Fall Leaguer to go directly to the Fall Classic in 2016. The American League champions Cleveland Indians had 10 AFL Alumni on its World Series roster including: Slugger Mike Napoli who was with the Los Angeles Angels in 2004 and played for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. Starting pitcher Josh Tomlin and reliever Jeff Manship were with Surprise and Phoenix respectively in 2008. Super set-up man Andrew Miller was with the Florida Marlins when he pitched for Mesa in 2009.

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Jason Kipnis and catcher Roberto Perez both played for Peoria in 2010. Pitcher Brian Shaw appeared in an AL high 75 games last year and he and catcher Yan Gomes, the first Brazilian born major leaguer, both played for Phoenix in 2011. Centerfielder Tyler Naquin finished third in 2016 Rookie of the Year voting and hit .339 with 18 RBI for the Surprise Saguaros in 2013. First round draft pick of 2011 shortstop Francisco Lindor played for Peoria in 2014 and finished second in Rookie of Year in 2015. He was named to his first All-Star team in 2016. Even after the World Series the post season kept rolling right along for the Cubs and Indians as members of both organizations played for the 2016 Fall League champions Mesa Solar Sox. Cubs’ left fielder Ian Happ was named the MVP of the 2016 AFL championship game going 4-4 with two home runs, a double and a single and is in line behind Cubs current second baseman Ben Zobrist who is signed through the 2019 season. Cubs outfielder Eloy Jiminez led the Midwest League with 40 doubles and a .532 slugging percentage and finished third with a .329 batting average at single-A South Bend, and hit three home runs with 10 RBI in the Fall League. A couple of Cubs right-handed pitchers enjoyed spotless seasons with the Solar Sox James Farris was nearly perfect pitching 10 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts and Ryan McNeil and Steve Perakslis was also unscored upon in 6 innings IAN HAPP FLIPPING AN AUTOGRAPHED BALL BACK TO A FAN with six strikeouts.

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Cleveland Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer hit a combined 15 home runs with 62 RBI at AA Akron and AAA Colorado and knocked for home runs with 16 RBI in 22 Fall League games with Mesa. Indians shortstop Yu Cheng Chang knocked 13 home runs with 70 RBI at single-A Lynchburg and led the Solar Sox with a .304 batting average. Outfielder Greg Allen hit a combined .295 with 7 HRS and 44 RBI at single-A Lynchburg and AA Akron and hit three home runs with eight RBI in Mesa. It’s hard to figure out whether the Arizona Fall League represents the end or the beginning of the Organized Baseball season; arriving as it does in October of the calendar year, chronologically at it would seem to come at the end, but in the way that players on Fall League rosters seem to flow so seamlessly into spring training it also feels like a precursor of the upcoming season. While last year’s World Series connection to the Fall League manifest itself in the form of Kyle Schwarber’s historic transition and the Indians and Cubs organizations playing for the same Fall League championship team, no matter which teams play in the World Series this year the flow of players from the Fall League to the Fall Classic will continue to grow. AZ

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Chicago White Sox & Los Angeles Dodgers STADIUM ADDRESS: 10710 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85037 • 623-302-5000

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Chicago Cubs STADIUM ADDRESS: 2330 W. Rio Salado Pky, Mesa, AZ 85201 • 480-668-0500

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DIRECTIONS: From the 202: Exit 10 (Dobson Road) Take exit 10 left as it becomes Dobson Road Entrance to parking lots is 0.4 miles on the right-hand side

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Maryvale Baseball Park

Milwaukee Brewers STADIUM ADDRESS: 3600 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85031 • 623-245-5500 TICKETS: 1-800-933-7890 DIRECTIONS: From I-10: Exit 51st Ave. North approximately 2 miles. Park located just South of Indian School on the west side of 51st Ave.


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Peoria Sports Complex

San Diego Padres & Seattle Mariners STADIUM ADDRESS: 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382 • 623-773-8700

Infield Box


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DIRECTIONS: From 101 loop: Exit Bell Road, East to 83rd Ave., South 1/4 mile.



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Hohokam Stadium

Oakland Athletics STADIUM ADDRESS: 1235 N. Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85201 • 480-644-4451

Infield Box


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DIRECTIONS: Located between Brown Road and McKellips Road in north central Mesa. Center Street is midway between Country Club and Mesa Drive, each of which are accessible from the Superstition Freeway (US-60) on the south, and in close proximity to the Red Mountain Freeway (202) on the north (exit at Country Club Drive).

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Salt River Fields - Talking Stick

Arizona Diamondbacks & Colorado Rockies STADIUM ADDRESS: 7555 N. Pima Road • Scottsdale, AZ 85258 • 480-270-5000

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Baseline Reserve

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$11 | $15*


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TICKETS: 877-473-4849

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DIRECTIONS: From the 101 loop: Exit on Indian School, Go WEST on Indian School (toward Downtown Scottsdale). SOUTH on Drinkwater Blvd. Stadium is on the corner of Osborn & Drinkwater Blvd.

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STADIUM ADDRESS: 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 • 480-312-2586


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Surprise Stadium

Kansas City Royals & Texas Rangers STADIUM ADDRESS: 15960 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise, AZ 85374 • 623-222-2000 TICKETS: 888-755-2583 or 623-222-2222 DIRECTIONS: West on I-10 to Loop 101. North on Loop 101 to Grand Ave. West on Grand Ave. to Bell Rd. West on Bell Rd. to Bullard Ave. South on Bullard Ave. or... Loop 101 to Bell Rd.- West on Loop 101 to Bell Rd West on Bell Rd to Bullard Ave. South on Bullard Ave



$8 | $12*

Plaza (sections 121-124)

$19 | $24*

Infield (sections 113-120)

$25 | $30*

Upper Dugout (sections 201-206)

$26 | $31*

Lower Dugout (sections 107-112)

$29 | $34*

Lower Premium (sections 101-106)

$30 | $35*

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STADIUM ADDRESS: 2200 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282 • 480-350-5205

Field MVP


Field Box


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DIRECTIONS: From 1-10 (coming from either direction): Take Broadway Street exit, head west to 48th St.; Turn left; Stadium is 1/2 mile on the left. Enter by turning left on Alameda.


Upper Pavilion (all inclusive)


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team previews

arizona diamondbacks

Expectations ran high for the Arizona Diamondbacks entering the 2016 season after making the biggest splash in the free-agent pool with the signing of pitcher Zack Greinke to the highest per annum contract in baseball history. Willing to mortgage the future for an immediate run at contention, the Diamondbacks dealt shortstop Dansby Swanson, the team’s top prospect and number one overall pick in Major League Baseball’s 2015 amateur draft, to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Shelby Miller, who led the league in losses the previous season but was still considered a front line starter. It didn’t not pan out well for Greinke, Miller, or the Diamondbacks; Greinke was shelled in his first two starts and sputtered to 3-3 mark before finding his groove, rattling off seven straight victories from mid-May to late-June but soon suffered a strained oblique that sidelined him for next two months and never really got back on track. In one horrendous outing he was rocked by the Boston Red Sox for nine runs in 1.2 innings. Greinke finished the season at 13-7 with a 4.37 ERA, not bad for a middle of the rotation starter but not what you’d expect for $34 million from a guy who went 19-3 with a 1.67 ERA the previous season. Miller’s season was far worse going 3-12 with a 6.15 ERA in 20 starts. He was optioned to AAA Reno for six weeks from July 14 to August 31 and went 1-3 upon his return, finishing strong with 11 shutout innings in his final two starts. A good candidate for the comeback player of the year Miller is signed through the 2017 season. Meanwhile Dansby Swanson hit a composite .275 at A Carolina and AA Mississippi and made his big league debut with the Braves on August 28 hitting .302 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 38 games. One of few bright spots, second baseman Jean Segura enjoyed a breakout season hitting a career-high .319 and leading the National League with 203 hits while knocking 20 home runs with 64 RBI from the leadoff spot, stealing 33 bases and scoring 102 runs. In a move resembling the Dansby Swanson for Shelby Miller trade the Diamondbacks chose to parlay Segura’s success by trading him to the Seattle Mariners for 23 year old Taijuan Walker. The Diamondbacks 69-93 record represented a 10-game drop off from the previous season and would have been the worst record in the National League if not for the lowly San Diego Padres and the Cincinnati Reds. Both general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale were fired at the end of the season replaced respectively by former Boston Red Sox GM Mike Hazen and former Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo. Prospects to watch: Middle infielder Dawel Lugo hit a combined .311 with 17 home runs and 62 RBI at single-A Visalia and AA Mobile and was named AZ Fall League Player of the Week for Oct. 31 – Nov. 5.

ARRIVALS: C Chris Iannetta, RHP Taijuan Walker DEPARTURES: 2B Jean Segura, C Wellington Castro

40-man roster # Pitchers 70 Anthony Banda 33 Jake Barrett 61 Silvino Bracho 25 Archie Bradley 36 Enrique Burgos 40 Andrew Chafin 46 Patrick Corbin 48 Randall Delgado 52 Zack Godley 21 Zack Greinke 32 Steve Hathaway 53 Tyler Jones 55 Matt Koch 50 Evan Marshall 26 Shelby Miller 38 Robbie Ray 56 Fernando Rodney 68 Jimmie Sherfy 34 Braden Shipley 99 Taijuan Walker

B/T Ht Wt DOB L/L 6’2” 190 8/10/93 R/R 6’2” 240 7/22/91 R/R 5’10” 190 7/17/92 R/R 6’4” 225 8/10/92 R/R 6’4” 250 11/23/90 R/L 6’2” 225 6/17/90 L/L 6’3” 210 7/19/89 R/R 6’4” 220 2/9/90 R/R 6’3” 240 4/21/90 R/R 6’2” 200 10/21/83 L/L 6’1” 185 9/13/90 R/R 6’4” 240 9/5/89 L/R 6’3” 215 11/2/90 R/R 6’2” 225 4/18/90 R/R 6’3” 225 10/10/90 L/L 6’2” 195 10/1/91 R/R 5’11” 230 3/18/77 R/R 6’0” 175 12/27/91 R/R 6’1” 190 2/22/92 R/R 6’4” 235 8/13/92

# Catchers 28 Oscar Hernandez 10 Chris Herrmann 8 Chris Iannetta 2 Jeff Mathis

B/T Ht R/R 6’1” L/R 6’0” R/R 6’0” R/R 6’0”

# Infielders 13 Nick Ahmed 44 Paul Goldschmidt 15 Phil Gosselin 22 Jake Lamb 74 Domingo Leyba 71 Dawel Lugo 4 Ketel Marte 16 Chris Owings 76 Jack Reinheimer 73 Ildemaro Vargas

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 6’2” 195 3/15/90 R/R 6’3” 225 9/10/87 R/R 6’1” 200 10/3/88 L/R 6’3” 215 10/9/90 S/R 5’11” 160 9/11/95 R/R 6’0” 190 12/31/94 S/R 6’1” 165 10/12/93 R/R 5’10” 185 8/12/91 R/R 6’1” 185 7/19/92 S/R 6’0” 170 7/16/91

# Outfielders 19 Socrates Brito 27 Brandon Drury 41 Jeremy Hazelbaker 6 David Peralta 11 A.J. Pollock 24 Yasmany Tomas

B/T Ht L/L 6’2” R/R 6’2” L/R 6’3” L/L 6’1” R/R 6’1” R/R 6’2”

Wt DOB 230 7/9/93 200 11/24/87 230 4/8/83 205 3/31/83

Wt DOB 205 9/6/92 210 8/21/92 190 8/14/87 210 8/14/87 195 12/5/87 250 11/14/90



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chicago cubs

“Do they still play the blues in Chicago when baseball season rolls around? When the snow melts away do the Cubbies still play in their Ivy covered burial ground?” –chorus from “A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request” by Steve Goodman What are Cubs fans to do with themselves now? Rooting for a team that hasn’t won a World Series in any living Cubs’ fan’s life has always been an essential element of a Cub’s fan’s identity, as much a part of the team’s romantic allure as the ivy clinging to the outfield wall at Wrigley Field or the die-hard Cubs fan’s “wait ‘til next year” cry. For a few moments after Cleveland Indians center fielder Rajai Davis hit a two-run homer to tie the score at 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth of Game Seven it looked like the Cub’s losing legacy would continue. When it started to rain with the score still tied after nine innings the game took on a supernatural feel similar to W.P. Kinsella’s “The Iowa Baseball Confederacy,” a novel about a 2,000-inning game between a local nine and the 1908 Cubs in the mythical town of Big Inning Iowa played during a torrential downpour. Woven into the fabric of Cubs fandom generation after generation, so many of the team’s players and fans lived and died without ever seeing the Cubs win or in some cases even play in a World Series. And so when the 2016 Cubs made the team’s first World Series appearance since 1945 and won the Series for the first time since 1908 the resurrected spirits of beloved Cubs players, broadcasters and fans somehow seemed as if they were along for the ride. Old video clips of Harry Cary interviewing Bill Murray before the Cubs first night game at Wrigley Field and Ernie Banks signing “Some Day We’ll Go all the Way,” with Eddie Vedder, and audio clips of Ron Santo or Jack Brickhouse in the broadcast booth and multiple versions of Steve Goodman’s “Go Cubs Go” anthem and “A Dying Cubs Fan’s last Request,” resurfaced throughout the team’s pennant race and post season run. Cubs’ first baseman Anthony Rizzo summed up the collective experience on the stage following the victory parade: “For every single person that has worn this jersey I feel like they won this World Series with us,” said Rizzo. With the exception of center fielder Dexter Fowler, almost the entire 2016 World Series champion roster remains intact. The Cubs stand a good chance of returning to the Series just like they did for three years in a row from 1906 – 1908, but this last one is for Ernie and Ronnie and Harry and Jack and Steve Goodman and everyone else who never saw it happen. Prospect to watch: Second Baseman Ian Happ hit a combined .279 with 15 home runs and 73 RBI in 134 games at single-A Myrtle Beach and AA Tennessee in 2016.

ARRIVALS: RHP Wade Davis, RHP Koji Uehara DEPARTURES: OF Jorge Soler, LHP Aroldis Chapman, C David Ross 52

40-man roster

# Pitchers B/T Ht — Brett Anderson L/L 6’3” 49 Jake Arrieta R/R 6’4” 13 Aaron Brooks R/R 6’4” 43 Jake Buchanan R/R 6’0” — Wade Davis R/R 6’5” — Brian Duensing L/L 6’0” 6 Carl Edwards Jr. R/R 6’3” — Dylan Floro L/R 6’2” 52 Justin Grimm R/R 6’3” 28 Kyle Hendricks R/R 6’3” 80 Pierce Johnson R/R 6’3” 41 John Lackey R/R 6’6” — Jack Leathersich R/L 6’0” 34 Jon Lester L/L 6’4” 38 Mike Montgomery L/L 6’5” 60 Felix Pena R/R 6’2” — David Rollins L/L 6’1” 56 Hector Rondon R/R 6’3” — Jose Rosario R/R 6’1” — Caleb Smith R/L 6’2” 46 Pedro Strop R/R 6’1” — Koji Uehara R/R 6’2” — Duane Underwood Jr. R/R 6’2” 29 Rob Zastryzny R/L 6’3”

Wt DOB 230 2/1/88 225 3/6/86 225 4/27/90 235 9/24/89 225 9/7/85 200 2/22/83 170 9/3/91 175 12/27/90 210 8/16/88 190 12/7/89 200 5/10/91 235 10/23/78 205 7/14/90 240 1/7/84 215 7/1/89 185 2/25/90 210 12/21/89 230 2/26/88 170 8/29/90 205 7/28/91 220 6/13/85 195 4/3/75 210 7/20/94 205 3/26/92

# Catchers — Victor Caratini 40 Willson Contreras 47 Miguel Montero

B/T Ht Wt DOB S/R 6’1” 215 8/17/93 R/R 6’1” 210 5/13/92 L/R 5’11” 210 7/9/83

# Infielders 9 Javier Baez 17 Kris Bryant 7 Jeimer Candelario 2 Tommy La Stella 44 Anthony Rizzo 27 Addison Russell 18 Ben Zobrist

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 6’0” 190l 12/1/92 R/R 6’5” 230 1/4/92 S/R 6’1” 210 11/24/93 L/R 5’11” 180 1/31/89 L/L 6’3” 240 8/8/89 R/R 6’0” 200 1/23/94 S/R 6’3” 210 5/26/81

# Outfielders 5 Albert Almora Jr. — Jacob Hannemann 22 Jason Heyward — Jon Jay 12 Kyle Schwarber 20 Matt Szczur

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 6’2” 190 4/16/94 L/L 6’1” 200 4/29/91 L/L 6’5” 240 8/9/89 L/L 5’11” 195 3/15/85 L/R 6’0” 235 3/5/93 R/R 6’0” 200 7/20/89

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chicago white sox

Sunk in the funk the Chicago White Sox have averaged 78 wins per season over the last 10 years, reaching the post season only once in that time with the team’s last AL Central division title in 2008. New manager Rick Renteria slides over into his position after serving as bench coach next to outgoing manager Robin Ventura who resigned at the end of the 2016 season. Renteria most recently managed on the other side of town with the Cubs for the 2014 season before he was replaced by Joe Maddon Fast becoming a corner stone of the franchise, Jose Abreu hasn’t missed a beat in his three seasons on the South Side posting nearly identical numbers each season averaging 30 home runs and 102 RBI with a .299 batting average and .875 Ops since he’s been in town. In his first year with the Sox third baseman Todd Frazier reached career-highs with of 40 home runs and 98 RBI. Frazier was acquired in a three-way trade with the L.A. Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds and re-signed a one-year $12 million contract with the White Sox. Rookie shortstop Tim Anderson made his big league debut on June 10th and lived up to advance billing knocking nine home runs with 30 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 99 games. Staff ace Chris Sale tied his career-high with 17 wins and led the American League with six complete games striking out 233 batters in 226 innings. With one year at $12 million and two option years at $12.5 and $13.5 million remaining on his contract, Sale was dealt to the Boston Red Sox for 21-year-old, top prospect Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada and three other minor leaguers. The latest in a long lineage of Cuban White Sox running from Minnie Minoso to Jose Abreu, Moncada hit a combined .294 with 15 home runs and 64 RBI at single A Salem and AA Portland before making his big league debut with the Red Sox. Southpaw Jose Quintana reached a career-high 13 wins making every one of his 32 starts with a 3.20 ERA in 208 innings. Quintana is signed through the 2018 season for a total of $15.5 million with the club holding $10.5 and $11.5 million options for 2019-2020. Closer David Robertson has turned in a consistent performance the past three seasons saving 39, 34 and 37 games respectively with ERA’s of 3.48, 3.41 and 3.47 in 64, 63 and 62 innings. Prospect to watch:’s No. 1 player second baseman Yoan Moncada is considered the top five-tool prospect in baseball. A switch-hitting second baseman possessing power and speed, Moncada stole 94 bases in 109 attempts (86%) during his two minor league seasons.

ARRIVALS: 2B Yoan Moncada, LHP Derek Holland DEPARTURES: LHP Chris Sale, OF Adam Eaton 54

40-man roster # Pitchers 54 Chris Beck — Dylan Covey 60 Tyler Danish 51 Carson Fulmer — Lucas Giolito — Brad Goldberg 58 Miguel Gonzalez — Derek Holland 43 Dan Jennings 65 Nate Jones 48 Tommy Kahnle — Reynaldo Lopez 67 Juan Minaya 52 Jake Petricka 57 Zach Putnam 62 Jose Quintana 30 David Robertson 55 Carlos Rodon 25 James Shields — Giovanni Soto 66 Michael Ynoa

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 6’3” 225 9/4/90 R/R 6’2” 195 8/14/91 R/R 6’0” 200 9/12/94 R/R 6’0” 195 12/13/93 R/R 6’6” 255 7/14/94 R/R 6’4” 220 2/21/90 R/R 6’1” 170 5/27/84 S/L 6’2” 215 10/9/86 L/L 6’3” 210 4/17/87 R/R 6’5” 220 1/28/86 R/R 6’1” 235 8/7/89 R/R 6’0” 185 1/4/94 R/R 6’4” 210 9/18/90 R/R 6’5” 220 6/5/88 R/R 6’2” 220 7/3/87 R/L 6’1” 220 1/24/89 R/R 5’11” 195 4/9/85 L/L 6’3” 235 12/10/92 R/R 6’3” 215 12/20/81 L/L 6’2” 210 5/18/91 R/R 6’7” 210 9/24/91

# Catchers — Alfredo Gonzalez 38 Omar Narvaez 61 Kevan Smith

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 6’1” 225 7/13/92 L/R 5’11” 215 2/10/92 R/R 6’4” 230 6/28/88

# Infielders 79 Jose Abreu 12 Tim Anderson 21 Todd Frazier 15 Brett Lawrie — Yoan Moncada 18 Tyler Saladino 5 Carlos Sanchez

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 6’3” 255 1/29/87 R/R 6’1” 185 6/23/93 R/R 6’3” 220 2/12/86 R/R 6’0” 210 1/18/90 S/R 6’2” 205 5/27/95 R/R 6’0” 200 7/20/89 S/R 5’11” 195 6/29/92

# Outfielders 53 Melky Cabrera — Adam Engel 28 Leury Garcia — Willy Garcia — Rymer Liriano — Jacob May 24 Charlie Tilson

B/T Ht Wt DOB S/L 5’10” 210 8/11/84 R/R 6’2” 210 12/9/91 S/R 5’8” 170 3/18/91 R/R 6’2” 215 9/4/92 R/R 6’0” 230 6/20/91 S/R 5’10” 180 1/23/92 L/L 5’11” 195 12/2/92

# Designated Hitter B/T Ht Wt DOB 22 Matt Davidson R/R 6’3” 230 3/26/91 Magazine Arizona KEY 26 Avisail Garcia R/R 6’4” 240 6/12/91

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cincinnati reds

Don’t blame Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto for the team’s equally disappointing last place finishes these last two years. While the Reds have posted consecutive seasons of 98 and 94 losses in 2015 and 2106 respectively Votto has continued to play like a future Hall of Famer, knocking 29 home runs with 97 RBI and .326 batting average last year and leading the National League in on-base percentage (.434) for the fifth time in the last seven years. His 10-year career OBP of .425 is nearly 25 percent higher than Mike Trout’s .401, the next highest active player. Votto’s career .961 OPS (on base + slugging percentage) ranks fourth among active players. All of this has not kept Votto and his 10-year $225 million contract from drawing the ire of Cincinnati Reds long time broadcaster Marty Brennaman who unleashed a verbal tirade on a caller to the Reds Hot Stove radio program this past January. Brennan expressed his opinion that Votto’s contract, which the Reds still owe $172 million on for the next seven years, has prevented the team from making any impactful deals during the offseason. “I’m going to tell you this: If I were an owner of a baseball team I would say to him if I could trade him, I’d trade him yesterday. And I would say, hell I can lose 94 games without you just as easily as I could lose 94 games with you. I don’t care about the OPS. I don’t care about none of that. This team made a bad deal when they signed Joey Votto to a 10-year contract. And he’s gonna make $22M and either next year or the following year he’s going to make $25M. There’s no sanity on God’s Earth that justifies this being a good contract,” said Brennaman. A four time All-Star and 2010 NL MVP, Votto has been the Reds most consistent hitter during his 10 years with the team. Of current Reds players only second baseman Brandon Phillips, who is in the final year of his contract, has been with the team longer than Votto. With nowhere to go but up the Reds have continued a dismantling and rebuilding process that began last year with the departures of pitchers Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Champan and third baseman Todd Frazier prior to the beginning of last season and continued with the trade of outfielder Jay Bruce to the New York Mets at the trading deadline last year. Right handed pitcher Dan Strailey, who was selected off waivers by the Reds just prior to Opening Day last year and led the staff with 14 wins, was traded to the Miami M arlins for pitching prospects Luis Castillo and Austin Brice and outfielder Isiah White. Prospect to watch: Third baseman Nick Senzel hit .329 with seven home runs with 36 RBI in 58 games at single-A Dayton in 2016.

ARRIVALS: RHP Drew Storen, RHP Luis Castillo DEPARTURES: RHP Dan Strailey, RHP Alfredo Simon 56

40-man roster # Pitchers 46 Tim Adleman 48 Barrett Astin 34 Homer Bailey — Austin Brice — Luis Castillo 52 Tony Cingrani

B/T Ht R/R 6’5” R/R 6’1” R/R 6’4” R/R 6’4” R/R 6’2” L/L 6’4”

54 28 70 — 29 50 69 26 21 73 53 25 47 62 55 31 60 36


Rookie Davis Anthony DeSclafani Jumbo Diaz Scott Feldman Brandon Finnegan Amir Garrett Ariel Hernandez Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen Keury Mella Wandy Peralta Cody Reed Sal Romano Jackson Stephens Robert Stephenson Drew Storen Nick Travieso Blake Wood

Wt DOB 225 11/13/87 225 10/22/91 223 5/3/86 235 6/19/92 190 12/12/92 214 7/5/89

6’5” 255 6’1” 195 6’4” 278 6’7” 210 5’11” 212 6’5” 228 6’4” 230 6’2” 188 6’3” 217 6’2” 200 6’0” 220 6’5” 228 6’5” 270 6’2” 220 6’2” 200 6’1” 195 6’3” 235 6’5” 233

4/29/93 4/18/90 2/27/84 2/7/83 4/14/93 5/3/92 3/2/92 1/4/90 1/4/92 8/2/93 7/27/91 4/15/93 10/12/93 5/11/94 2/24/93 8/11/87 1/31/94 8/8/85

# Catchers 16 Tucker Barnhart 39 Devin Mesoraco 74 Stuart Turner

B/T Ht Wt DOB S/R 5’11” 192 1/7/91 R/R 6’1” 229 6/19/88 R/R 6’2” 220 12/27/91

# Infielders 2 Zack Cozart 15 Dilson Herrera 9 Jose Peraza 4 Brandon Phillips 7 Eugenio Suarez 19 Joey Votto

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 6’0” 204 8/12/85 R/R 5’10” 210 3/3/94 R/R 6’0” 196 4/30/94 R/R 6’0” 211 6/28/81 R/R 5’11” 213 7/18/91 L/R 6’2” 220 9/10/83

# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt DOB 30 Arismendy Alcantara S/R 5’10” 170 10/29/91 66 Aristides Aquino R/R 6’4” 220 4/22/94 23 Adam Duvall R/R 6’1” 215 9/4/88 71 Phillip Ervin R/R 5’10” 207 7/15/92 6 Billy Hamilton S/R 6’0” 160 9/9/90 43 Scott Schebler L/R 6’0” 228 10/6/90 Magazine Arizona KEY 33 Jesse Winker L/L 6’3” 215 8/17/93

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cleveland indians

For a fleeting moment it felt as if the Cleveland Indians had won the World Series when journey man Rajai Davis two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth brought the Indians back from the brink of elimination. Of course Davis’ blast had merely tied the game at 6-6 and bought the team and its fans some time. The game was still tied when it started to rain after the bottom of the ninth and for a while it felt like the two longest World Series championship droughts would go on infinitely. Perhaps the rain was a gift from the baseball gods, a stay of execution for both teams extending a wonderful World Series that seemingly didn’t want to end. When play resumed in the top of 10th the Cubs rallied for two runs to take to the lead and the Indians came up one run short in the bottom of the 10th. It was a remarkable run for the Indians, who cruised through the playoffs without the services of two of the team’s best pitchers and came within a run from winning the Series. Like the 2014 and 2015 Royals, you have to like Cleveland’s chances to repeat as AL champions. With the exception of a couple of veteran departures including Game Seven hero Davis and first baseman/DH Mike Napoli, who seems to win everywhere he goes, the young core nucleus of the Indians remains intact. The addition of slugger Edwin Encarnacion, and the return of outfielder Michael Brantley should make the losses easier to absorb. In his first full season shortstop Francisco Lindor emerged as one of the game’s brightest young stars, hitting .301 with 15 home runs and 78 RBI. He was named to the first of what should be many All-Star teams and won the Gold Glove Award at shortstop. Lindor was flanked in infield by two-time All-Star Jason Kipnis at second base and surprising Jose Ramirez who replaced Juan Uribe at third base and hit .312 with 11 home runs and 76 RBI. Corey Kluber led a Cleveland pitching staff that gave up the second fewest runs in the American League, going 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA. Carlos Carasco (3.32) and Danny Salazar (3.87) both won 11 games in 25 starts before suffering season ending injuries. Salazar left the rotation with a forearm injury on September 9th and Carasco suffered a fractured right hand after being hit with a line drive against the Tigers on September 17th. Both are ready to resume their spots in the rotation. The late season addition of reliever Andrew Miller, proved invaluable going 4-0 with a 1.55 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 29 innings down the stretch and 11.2 shutout innings in the ALDS and Championship Series. Prospect to watch: Outfielder Bradley Zimmer hit 14 home runs with 53 RBI in 93 games at AA El Paso before a late-season call up to AAA Columbus and should make his big league debut this year.

ARRIVALS: OF Edwin Encarncacion, OF Michael Brantley DEPARTURES: 1B Mike Napoli, OF Rajai Davis 58

40-man roster # Pitchers 49 Austin Adams 37 Cody Allen 56 Cody Anderson 51 Shawn Armstrong 71 Dylan Baker 47 Trevor Bauer 59 Carlos Carrasco 73 Mike Clevinger 65 Joseph Colon — Tim Cooney 57 Kyle Crockett 66 Perci Garner — Nick Goody 28 Corey Kluber 34 Zach McAllister 69 Ryan Merritt 24 Andrew Miller — Hoby Milner 74 Shawn Morimando 61 Dan Otero 62 Adam Plutko 31 Danny Salazar 27 Bryan Shaw 43 Josh Tomlin

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 5’11” 200 8/19/86 R/R 6’1” 210 11/20/88 R/R 6’4” 240 9/14/90 R/R 6’2” 225 9/11/90 R/R 6’2” 205 4/6/92 R/R 6’1” 200 1/17/91 R/R 6’4” 210 3/21/87 R/R 6’4” 210 12/21/90 R/R 6’0” 180 2/18/90 L/L 6’3” 195 12/19/90 L/L 6’2” 175 12/15/91 R/R 6’3” 225 12/13/88 R/R 5’11” 195 7/6/91 R/R 6’4” 215 4/10/86 R/R 6’6” 240 12/8/87 L/L 6’0” 180 2/21/92 L/L 6’7” 205 5/21/85 L/L 6’2” 165l 1/13/91 L/L 6’0” 200 11/20/92 R/R 6’3” 205 2/19/85 R/R 6’3” 200 10/3/91 R/R 6’0” 195 1/11/90 S/R 6’1” 220 11/8/87 R/R 6’1” 190 10/19/84

# Catchers 7 Yan Gomes — Francisco Mejia 55 Roberto Perez

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 6’2” 215 7/19/87 S/R 5’10” 175 10/27/95 R/R 5’11” 220 12/23/88

# Infielders 78 Erik Gonzalez 22 Jason Kipnis 12 Francisco Lindor 11 Jose Ramirez — Richie Shaffer 39 Giovanny Urshela

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 6’3” 195 8/31/91 L/R 5’11” 195 4/3/87 S/R 5’11” 190 11/14/93 S/R 5’9” 180 9/17/92 R/R 6’3” 230 3/15/91 R/R 6’0” 215 10/11/91

# Outfielders 35 Abraham Almonte 23 Michael Brantley 8 Lonnie Chisenhall 6 Brandon Guyer 72 Tyler Naquin

B/T Ht S/R 5’9” L/L 6’2” L/R 6’2” R/R 6’2” L/R 6’2”

Wt DOB 210 6/27/89 200 5/15/87 190 10/4/88 200 1/28/86 195 4/24/91

# Designated Hitters B/T Ht Wt DOB 10 Edwin Encarnacion R/R 6’1” 230 1/7/83 Magazine Arizona KEY 41 Carlos Santana S/R 5’11” 210 4/8/86



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colorado rockies 40-man roster

In the first year of the Colorado Rockies post Troy Tulowitzki era the face-of the-franchise torch has been firmly passed to third baseman Nolan Arenado who in the past two seasons has established himself as the National League’s leading slugger and premier third baseman. Arenado led the NL in RBI (130) and total bases (354) for the second year in a row and has finished tied for home runs (41) in each of the last two seasons. He finished fifth in the league’s MVP voting and is the first third baseman to win the Gold Glove award in each of his first four seasons and was named to the last two NL All-Star teams. Arenado fronted a Rockies offensive juggernaut that led the NL with 845 runs scored and a composite .275 team batting average and a third best 204 home runs. Second baseman D.J. LeMahieu led the NL with a .348 batting average and center fielder Charlie Blackmon provided pop from the leadoff spot knocking 29 home runs with 82 RBI and a .933 OPS. Right fielder Carlos Gonzalez hit 25 home runs with 100 RBI at a .298 clip and was named to his third All-Star team. Rookie shortstop Trevor Story’s season began in story book fashion as he knocked a pair of home runs in his first big league game on Opening Day and went on to become the first player to hit home runs in his first four games, connecting for another pair in the fourth game. Story finished the season with 27 home runs, and 72 RBI with a .272 batting average in 97 games before an injury to his left thumb brought an abrupt end to his season on July 30th. He still managed to finish fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting. Although Colorado’s 860 runs allowed was the second most in the league, Chad Bettis (14-8, 4.79 ERA), Tyler Chatwood (12-9, 3.87) and John Gray (10-10, 4.61) led a vastly improved Rockies rotation. Chatwood posted an 8-1 record with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts on the road and Gray led all major league rookie pitchers with a Rockies rookie-record 185 strikeouts. Rookie Tyler Anderson recorded a 3.54 ERA in 19 starts. The 2016 Rockies improved by seven games in the win/loss column and jumped up two spots in the NL West division standings and have added eight-year veteran free-agent Ian Desmond slated to start at first base and set-up man reliever Mike Dunn. New manager Bud Black, a 15-year major league veteran hurler brings a pitcher’s perspective to a traditionally offensive minded team. Prospect to watch: Outfielder Raimel Tapia, 23, hit .323 at AA Hartford and .346 at AAA Albuquerque compiling 25, 10 triples, 8 home runs and 24 stolen bases before making his big league debut with the Rockies in September and figures to be in the big league mix again this year.

ARRIVALS: 1B Ian Desmond, LHP Mike Dunn DEPARTURES: LHP Jorge De La Rosa, 1B Mark Reynolds 60

# Pitchers — Yency Almonte 44 Tyler Anderson 35 Chad Bettis 31 Eddie Butler — Matt Carasiti — Shane Carle 46 Miguel Castro 32 Tyler Chatwood 47 Jairo Diaz — Mike Dunn 54 Carlos Estevez — Rayan Gonzalez 55 Jon Gray 34 Jeff Hoffman — Zach Jemiola 24 Jordan Lyles 67 German Marquez 51 Jake McGee — Sam Moll 30 Jason Motte 45 Scott Oberg 0 Adam Ottavino 50 Chad Qualls 52 Chris Rusin 71 Antonio Senzatela

B/T Ht Wt DOB S/R 6’3” 205 6/4/94 L/L 6’4” 210 12/30/89 R/R 6’1” 200 4/26/89 R/R 6’2” 180 3/13/91 R/R 6’3” 205 7/23/91 R/R 6’4” 185 8/30/91 R/R 6’5” 190 12/24/94 R/R 6’0” 185 12/16/89 R/R 6’0” 200 5/27/91 L/L 6’0” 215 5/23/85 R/R 6’4” 210 12/28/92 R/R 6’3” 175 10/18/90 R/R 6’4” 235 11/5/91 R/R 6’5” 225 1/8/93 L/R 6’3” 200 4/6/94 R/R 6’4” 230 10/19/90 R/R 6’1” 185 2/22/95 L/L 6’3” 230 8/6/86 L/L 5’10” 185 1/3/92 R/R 6’0” 205 6/22/82 R/R 6’2” 205 3/13/90 S/R 6’5” 220 11/22/85 R/R 6’4” 235 8/17/78 L/L 6’2” 195 10/22/86 R/R 6’1” 180 1/21/95

# Catchers 13 Dustin Garneau 23 Tom Murphy 14 Tony Wolters

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 6’0” 200 8/13/87 R/R 6’1” 220 4/3/91 L/R 5’10” 200 6/9/92

# Infielders 18 Cristhian Adames — Alexi Amarista 28 Nolan Arenado — Stephen Cardullo 20 Ian Desmond 9 DJ LeMahieu 27 Trevor Story 74 Pat Valaika

B/T Ht Wt DOB S/R 6’0” 185 7/26/91 L/R 5’6” 160 4/6/89 R/R 6’2” 205 4/16/91 R/R 6’0” 215 8/31/87 R/R 6’3” 215 9/20/85 R/R 6’4” 215 7/13/88 R/R 6’1” 180 11/15/92 R/R 5’11” 200 9/9/92

# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt DOB 19 Charlie Blackmon L/L 6’3” 210 7/1/86 26 David Dahl L/R 6’2” 195 4/1/94 5 Carlos Gonzalez L/L 6’1” 220 10/17/85 8 Gerardo Parra L/L 5’11” 210 5/6/87 72 Jordan Patterson L/L 6’4” 215 2/12/92 Arizona KEYMagazine 68 Raimel Tapia L/L 6’2” 160 2/4/94







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kansas city royals

The 2017 season began on a tragic note for the Kansas City Royals as the team’s promising young 25-year-old pitcher Yordano Ventura died as the result of a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on January 22, 2017. Signed as a free-agent at the age of 17 in 2008, Ventura was a top minor league prospect and in 2012 played in both the Carolina-California League and the All-Star Futures Game. He made his big league debut in September of 2013 and led the Royals with 14 victories in 2014 with a 3.20 ERA in 183 innings. He started the second game of the 2014 ALDS against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim giving up one run in seven innings as the Royals defeated the Angels 4-1. Ventura pitched 5.1 innings in Game Two of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants giving up two runs on eight hits in the team’s 7-2 victory and helped force Game Seven pitching seven shutout innings in Game Six with an “R.I.P O.T #18” inscription on his hat as a dedication to his friend and Dominican countrymen Oscar Tavares who has died in a car accident two nights before the game. Ventura signed a five-year $23 million contract at the beginning of the 2015 season and was named the team’s Opening Day starter. He tied for the staff lead with 13 wins and started games two and six of the ALDS versus Toronto and took the only Royals loss in the team’s World Series victory over the Mets. He suffered through an erratic 2016 season going 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA and was involved in a memorable ballyhoo with Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado after drilling him in the ribs with a 99 MPH fastball. Known as an emotional young player who was loved by his teammates poor Yordano didn’t live long enough to fully mature. After winning the 2015 World Series the Royals struggled through an injury riddled 81-81 campaign, losing All-Star third baseman Mike Moustakas to a torn ACL just 27 games into the season. All three starting outfielders Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon and Paolo Orlando spent time on the disabled list. Closer Wade Davis was traded to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Jorge Soler. Already a close knit club, the Royals will look to the loss of Ventura for inspiration. “You hate to say that tragedy brings us all together, but I think it does,” said pitcher Chris Young to “I think it will bring us closer. This group of guys is truly remarkable. We all truly care about each other. We have a unique bond. And I think we’re seeing that now as we mourn the loss of one of our brothers. Prospect to watch: Fire-balling Josh Staumont fastball has been clocked at 102 MPH and he struck out 167 batters in 123 combined innings at single-A Wilmington and AA North West Arkansas.

ARRIVALS: OF Jorge Soler, LHP Jonathan Sanchez DEPARTURES: RHP Yordano Ventura (died), RHP Wade Davis 62

40-man roster # Pitchers 54 Scott Alexander 50 Miguel Almonte 41 Danny Duffy — Andrew Edwards 33 Brian Flynn 40 Kelvin Herrera — Jake Junis — Nathan Karns 31 Ian Kennedy 61 Kevin McCarthy 63 Alec Mills 66 Mike Minor 48 Joakim Soria 64 Matt Strahm 51 Jason Vargas 32 Chris Young 45 Kyle Zimmer

B/T Ht Wt DOB L/L 6’2” 190 7/10/89 R/R 6’2” 210 4/4/93 L/L 6’3” 205 12/21/88 R/R 6’6” 265 10/7/91 L/L 6’7” 250 4/19/90 R/R 5’10” 200 12/31/89 R/R 6’2” 225 9/16/92 R/R 6’3” 225 11/25/87 R/R 6’0” 200 12/19/84 R/R 6’3” 200 2/22/92 R/R 6’4” 190 11/30/91 R/L 6’4” 210 12/26/87 R/R 6’3” 200 5/18/84 R/L 6’3” 185 11/12/91 L/L 6’0” 215 2/2/83 R/R 6’10” 255 5/25/79 R/R 6’3” 225 9/13/91

# Catchers 9 Drew Butera — Cam Gallagher 13 Salvador Perez

B/T Ht R/R 6’1” R/R 6’3” R/R 6’3”

# Infielders 24 Christian Colon 19 Cheslor Cuthbert 2 Alcides Escobar 35 Eric Hosmer 15 Whit Merrifield 27 Raul Mondesi 8 Mike Moustakas 62 Ramon Torres

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 5’10” 185 5/14/89 R/R 6’1” 190 11/16/92 R/R 6’1” 185 12/16/86 L/L 6’4” 225 10/24/89 R/R 6’0” 195 1/24/89 S/R 6’1” 185 7/27/95 L/R 6’0” 215 9/11/88 S/R 5’11” 170 1/22/93

# Outfielders 38 Jorge Bonifacio 14 Billy Burns 6 Lorenzo Cain 60 Hunter Dozier 4 Alex Gordon — Peter O’Brien 16 Paulo Orlando — Jorge Soler — Bubba Starling

B/T Ht R/R 6’1” S/R 5’9” R/R 6’2” R/R 6’4” L/R 6’1” R/R 6’4” R/R 6’2” R/R 6’4” R/R 6’4”

Wt DOB 200 8/9/83 230 12/6/92 240 5/10/90

Wt DOB 195 6/4/93 170 8/30/89 205 4/13/86 220 8/22/91 220 2/10/84 235 7/15/90 210 11/1/85 215 2/25/92 210 8/3/92

# Designated Hitters B/T Ht Wt DOB — Samir Duenez L/R 6’1” 195 6/11/96 0 Terrance Gore R/R 5’7” 165 6/8/91 Magazine Arizona KEY


Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona


ne of the natural wonders of the world. The mighty Colorado River. Painted deserts. What more could you ask for? Northern Arizona invites you to indulge your sense of adventure and wonder. Hike it, drive it, ski it, fly over it, float down it – just be sure to get here and immerse yourself in it. POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Grand Canyon – The canyon is a spectacular experience at any time of year. Whatever the season... spring, summer, fall, winter... each brings an intimate mood to the splendor of the Grand Canyon that will make your first visit very special. Savor the delicate fragrance of spring wildflowers as you stroll along the Canyon Rim. Enjoy a fresh summer breeze rich with the scent of pine following a brief afternoon thundershower. Discover color that only nature can create in the fall flowers and canyon oaks as they prepare for the coming winter season. See winter clouds hanging heavy over the Canyon after a fresh snow, lifting like a theatre curtain to reveal nature’s newest spectacle. In every season the Grand Canyon is a spectacular vision. 928-638-2901 Williams – While today’s visitors can experience the modern amenities seen in most tourist destinations, they are also invited to personally share in the history and nostalgia of this mountain community. Founded in the late 1800’s by ranchers, railroaders, and lumber men, remnants of those early days are still visible in the buildings, streets, and neighborhoods of modern-day Williams. Saloons, bordellos, and shops have been brought back to life and visitors can now stroll the brick sidewalks of the historic district, enjoying the sights and sounds of times now nearly gone. Flagstaff – Surrounded by natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff offers dozens of inns, a multitude of hotel and motel accommodations, conference and meeting venues, more than 200

restaurants, numerous night spots, and a variety of cultural, historic and scientific attractions. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to the clean mountain air, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, historic downtown charm and our Western legacy of pioneer ranchers, railroad builders and lumbermen. 800-956-6123 or AZ



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los angeles angels

Despite sporting one of the most potent one-two punches in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continued on a slide that has seen a 24-game drop off in the win column and three positions in the NL West division standings since finishing in first place two years ago. Still just 24 years old, five-year veteran centerfielder Mike Trout continues to make his case as the game’s best all-around player. Trout hit 29 home runs with 100 RBI and a .315 batting average leading the league with .443 on-base-percentage, 116 walks and 123 runs scored to capture his second AL MVP award. Finishing second in MVP voting in his three other seasons, he’s been named to five-straight All-Star teams. Approaching milestones that will most certainly assure a plaque in Cooperstown, Albert Pujols enters the 2017 season just nine home runs shy of becoming the 9th player in major league history to hit 600 home runs. Pujols collected 159 hits in 152 games last year with 31 home runs and 119 RBI and needs 175 hits to reach the coveted 3,000-hit plateau. His 1,817 RBI are the most by any active player and another 100 RBI season would catapult Pujols from 20th to 10th on the all-time list and make him the only player to have reached the mark 14 times. At 36, Pujols still has five years left on his 10-year $240 million contract rising incrementally from $26 million this year to $30 million in 2021 after which a 10-year $10 million personal services contract kicks in (and the transfer of ownership of the team…just kidding). It is feasible that if Pujols plays through the remaining five years of his contract he could surpass Barry Bonds all-time home run record (762). But Trout and Pujols can’t carry the Angels on their own. Threefifths of the team’s starting pitching rotation (Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano) was sidelined last year all from torn ulnar ligaments. Heaney and Tropeano will miss the entire season while Richards will attempt to recover without surgery. With the departure of 11-year veteran and staff ace Jered Weaver the Angels will have to revamp almost the entire rotation. Weaver led the Angels with 12 wins but also lost 12 games with a career-high 5.06 ERA. In his third full season Matt Shoemaker was 9-13 with a 3.88 ERA and is most likely assured of his spot in the rotation. Acquired at the trading deadline, Ricky Nolasco went 4-6 with a 3.21 ERA in 11 starts and will also fill one of the starting spots. The rest of the rotation will be filled out by free agent signees Jesse Chavez, John Lamb and Alex Meyer who was acquired with Nolasco from the Twins last season. Prospect to watch: The Angels first round pick from the 2016 draft Catcher Matt Thiass hit .338 in 15 games at Rookie League Orem and .276 with 4 home runs and 31 RBI at single-A Burlington and will most likely be converted to a third baseman in order to keep his bat in the lineup.

ARRIVALS: 2B Danny Espinosa, OF Cameron Maybin DEPARTURES: RHP Jered Weaver, RHP Jhoulys Chacin 64

40-man roster # Pitchers 48 Jose Alvarez 37 Andrew Bailey 32 Cam Bedrosian — Vicente Campos — Jesse Chavez 54 Deolis Guerra 28 Andrew Heaney 65 Greg Mahle 40 Alex Meyer — Keynan Middleton 64 Mike Morin 47 Ricky Nolasco — Eduardo Paredes — Brooks Pounders 66 JC Ramirez 43 Garrett Richards 52 Matt Shoemaker 45 Tyler Skaggs 85 Nate Smith 16 Huston Street 35 Nick Tropeano 62 Daniel Wright — Kirby Yates

B/T Ht Wt DOB L/L 5’11” 190 5/6/89 R/R 6’3” 240 5/31/84 R/R 6’0” 230 10/2/91 R/R 6’3” 230 7/27/92 R/R 6’2” 175 8/21/83 R/R 6’5” 245 4/17/89 L/L 6’2” 195 6/5/91 L/L 6’2” 230 4/17/93 R/R 6’9” 225 1/3/90 R/R 6’2” 185 9/12/93 R/R 6’4” 220 5/3/91 R/R 6’2” 235 12/13/82 R/R 6’1” 170 3/6/95 R/R 6’5” 265 9/26/90 R/R 6’4” 250 8/16/88 R/R 6’3” 210 5/27/88 R/R 6’2” 225 9/27/86 L/L 6’4” 215 7/13/91 L/L 6’3” 210 8/28/91 R/R 6’0” 205 8/2/83 R/R 6’4” 200 8/27/90 R/R 6’2” 205 4/3/91 L/R 5’10” 210 3/25/87

# Catchers B/T Ht Wt DOB — Martin Maldonado R/R 6’0” 230 8/16/86 58 Carlos Perez R/R 6’0” 210 10/27/90 # Infielders 22 Kaleb Cowart 24 C.J. Cron 0 Yunel Escobar — Danny Espinosa — Nolan Fontana 19 Jefry Marte 7 Cliff Pennington 2 Andrelton Simmons — Luis Valbuena

B/T Ht Wt DOB S/R 6’3” 225 6/2/92 R/R 6’4” 235 1/5/90 R/R 6’2” 215 11/2/82 S/R 6’0” 205 4/25/87 L/R 5’11” 195 6/6/91 R/R 6’1” 220 6/21/91 S/R 5’11” 195 6/15/84 R/R 6’2” 200 9/4/89 L/R 5’10” 215 11/30/85

# Outfielders 56 Kole Calhoun — Ryan LaMarre 17 Cameron Maybin — Ben Revere 27 Mike Trout

B/T Ht Wt DOB L/L 5’10” 205 10/14/87 R/L 6’1” 210 11/21/88 R/R 6’3” 215 4/4/87 L/R 5’9” 175 5/3/88 R/R 6’2” 235 8/7/91

# Designated Hitters B/T Ht Wt DOB Magazine Arizona KEY 5 Albert Pujols R/R 6’3” 240 1/16/80


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los angeles dodgers

Despite placing a record 28 players on the disabled list, including staff ace Clayton Kershaw for two months, the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers still captured a fourth consecutive NL West division title and rookie skipper Dave Roberts earned a well-deserved NL Manager of the Year Award. Roberts, who had never managed at any professional level before, is the 27th African American to manage in the major leagues and shared a place in the game’s history when he and Dusty Baker of the Washington Nationals became the first pair of black managers to face each other in the post season in the 2016 National League Division Series. The Dodgers came back from a two-games-to-one deficit to beat the Nats in the division series but lost the NLCS to the eventual World Series campion Chicago Cubs. Twenty-two-year old shortstop Corey Seager lived up to advance billing as Baseball America’s top minor league prospect in 2015 knocking 26 home runs with 72 RBI and a .308 batting average garnering all 30 first-place votes to unanimously capture the NL Rookie of the Year Award. He finished third in NL MVP voting and was named to his first All-Star team. Third baseman Justin Turner and catcher Yasmani Grandal shared the team lead with 27 home runs, while Turner and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez shared the lead with 90 RBI. Thirteen-year veteran Gonzalez has two years at $22 millionper remaining on the seven-year $154 million contract he originally signed with the Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers $250-million end of season payroll led the major leagues for the third consecutive season. It was the depth of the Dodgers pitching corps that ultimately led the team to the NL West division title. Despite missing a full third of his starts Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw recorded yet another remarkable season going 12-4 with a 1.69 ERA including a league-leading three shutouts and 172 strikeouts in 149 innings. Japanese rookie Kenta Maeda, 24, led the Dodgers with 16 wins and posted a .3.49 ERA in 32 starts and finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting. Teenage phenom Julio Urias lived up to the tremendous hype and advance billing as the team’s top pitching prospect, making his big league debut on May 28th posting a 5-2 record with a 3.39 ERA with 84 strikeouts spanning 77 innings in 15 starts. Closer Kenley Jansen finished second in the NL with 47 saves with a 1.83 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 64 innings, and was signed to a five-year $8 million contract extension. Prospect to watch: Power hitting first baseman Cody Bellinger hit .263 with 23 HRs and 65 RBI in 114 games at AA Tulsa and hit .314 with eight doubles and three home runs in 20 games for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League.

ARRIVALS: C Bobby Wilson, 2B Darnell Sweeney DEPARTURES: C Carlos Ruiz, 2B Chase Utley

40-man roster # Pitchers 43 Luis Avilan 52 Pedro Baez 75 Grant Dayton — Chase De Jong 46 Josh Fields 77 Carlos Frias 63 Yimi Garcia 41 Chris Hatcher 44 Rich Hill 74 Kenley Jansen 29 Scott Kazmir 22 Clayton Kershaw 36 Adam Liberatore 18 Kenta Maeda 38 Brandon McCarthy — Vidal Nuno 71 Josh Ravin — Jacob Rhame 99 Hyun-Jin Ryu 48 Brock Stewart 68 Ross Stripling 7 Julio Urias 57 Alex Wood

B/T Ht Wt DOB L/L 6’2” 225 7/19/89 R/R 6’0” 235 3/11/88 L/L 6’2” 195 11/25/87 L/R 6’4” 205 12/29/93 R/R 6’0” 195 8/19/85 R/R 6’4” 195 11/13/89 R/R 6’1” 220 8/18/90 R/R 6’1” 200 1/12/85 L/L 6’5” 220 3/11/80 S/R 6’5” 270 9/30/87 L/L 6’0” 195 1/24/84 L/L 6’4” 225 3/19/88 L/L 6’3” 240 5/12/87 R/R 6’1” 175 4/11/88 R/R 6’7” 235 7/7/83 L/L 5’11” 210 7/26/87 R/R 6’4” 215 1/21/88 R/R 6’1” 215 3/16/93 R/L 6’3” 250 3/25/87 L/R 6’3” 210 10/3/91 R/R 6’3” 210 11/23/89 L/L 6’0” 215 8/12/96 R/L 6’4” 215 1/12/91

# Catchers 15 Austin Barnes — Kyle Farmer 9 Yasmani Grandal — Bobby Wilson

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 5’10” 195 12/28/89 R/R 6’0” 205 8/17/90 S/R 6’1” 235 11/8/88 R/R 6’0” 230 4/8/83

# Infielders — Logan Forsythe 23 Adrian Gonzalez — Darin Ruf 5 Corey Seager 25 Rob Segedin 3 Chris Taylor — Justin Turner

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 6’1” 205 1/14/87 L/L 6’2” 215 5/8/82 R/R 6’3” 250 7/28/86 L/R 6’4” 215 4/27/94 R/R 6’2” 220 11/10/88 R/R 6’1” 195 8/29/90 R/R 5’11” 205 11/23/84

# Outfielders — Brett Eibner 16 Andre Ethier 14 Enrique Hernandez 31 Joc Pederson 66 Yasiel Puig 21 Trayce Thompson 60 Andrew Toles 33 Scott Van Slyke

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 6’4” 225 12/2/88 L/L 6’2” 210 4/10/82 R/R 5’11” 200 8/24/91 L/L 6’1” 220 4/21/92 R/R 6’2” 240 12/7/90 R/R 6’3” 225 3/15/91 L/R 5’10” 185 5/24/92 65 R/R 6’4” 215 7/24/86


Sedona and North Central Arizona


aried and vibrant aptly describe the north central region. The famous Red Rocks of Sedona. The bar where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday drank whiskey. The mining town carved on a hillside. With four seasons and something for everyone, this region begs to be seen and will not soon be forgotten.

POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Sedona – Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history and archaeology; arts and culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that even today, is wildly wonderful. 800-288-7336 Prescott – Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, “Everybody’s Hometown” is an ideal destination for golfers, outdoor adventure seekers, and western history buffs. From its majestic rock formations at Granite Dells to five area lakes to more than 450 miles of well-groomed hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, Prescott knows no boundaries for exploring the area’s stunning natural beauty. The downtown Courthouse Plaza is Prescott’s historic heart. The plaza is bordered by the famous Whiskey Row, known to have hosted the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday--and still hosts eclectic boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. 800-266-7534 Cottonwood & Verde Valley – Located in the “heart” of Arizona, the Verde Valley is ideally situated above the heat of the desert and below the cold of Arizona’s high country. With its state parks, historic sites and enticing attractions, the Verde Valley offers activities for all ages. There is an assortment of hotels, RV Parks, campgrounds and restaurants to choose from, all within close proximity to the parks,


attractions, wineries and Old Town Cottonwood. More than 100 species of birds reside at Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Native American history abounds at Tuzigoot National Monument. Scenic beauty and recreational opportunities will thrill the adventurer, and the many fine shops and galleries located in Old Town, Clarkdale, Camp Verde, Sedona, Cornville and Jerome will easily appeal to the shoppers. 928-634-7593 AZ

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milwaukee brewers

It’s not often that a reigning league home run leader is released with as little consideration as Chris Carter was by the Milwaukee Brewers this past off-season. Although not exactly a surprise Carter took the National League by storm last year blasting a league-leading 41 long balls in his fourth full season after averaging 30 per year with the Houston Astros during the three previous seasons. He also led his league in strikeouts (206) for the second time in the last four years with a .222 batting average, four points higher than his .218 career mark to date and a .321 on-base-percentage consistent with his .314 career line. Three days before granting Carter free-agency the Brewers signed former major leaguer Eric Thames, to a three-year $15 million contract. Thames had spent the previous three seasons as one of the premier sluggers in the Korean Baseball Organization knocking 126 home runs for the NC Dinos, leading the KBO with 40 home runs in 2016 and finishing third with 47 in 2015, batting .348 in his three seasons with the team. Thames should be one of the game’s most interesting stories this year. In recent years major league scouts have increased their efforts in the Korean Baseball Organization. Byung Ho Park who led the KBO with 53 home runs in 2015 was signed by the Minnesota Twins last year and hit 12 home runs in 62 games with a .191 batting average before being optioned to AAA Rochester for the remainder of the season. Six years removed from the team’s first-place finish in 2011, Milwaukee has been stuck in a state of stagnation eclipsing .500 only twice in the last six years. Last year’s 73-89 mark was a five game improvement over the previous season but the Brewers remain in rebuilding mode and attempted to trade 10-year veteran and all-time franchise home run leader Ryan Braun (285) to the Los Angeles Dodgers last year before the deal fell through. Braun hit 30 home runs with 91 RBI and a .305 batting average and has four years and $76 million remaining on his contract. At the time of this writing Braun remained on the trading block and his right to refuse a trade to any team is scheduled to go into effect in May. In his first full season 23-year-old Zach Davies led all Brewers pitchers with 11 wins against seven losses with a 3.97 ERA while 31-year-old rookie Junior Guerra was 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts. Prospect to watch: Left-handed pitcher Josh Hader compiled a 3-8 record with a 3.29 ERA with 161 strikeouts in 126 innings at AA Biloxi and AAA Colorado Springs in 2016.

ARRIVALS: RHP Neftali Feliz, 1B Eric Thames DEPARTURES: 1B Chris Carter, LHP Chris Capuano 68

40-man roster # Pitchers 57 Chase Anderson 50 Jacob Barnes 54 Michael Blazek 45 Tyler Cravy 27 Zach Davies — Neftali Feliz 22 Matt Garza 41 Junior Guerra — Josh Hader 47 Adrian Houser 26 Taylor Jungmann 46 Corey Knebel 28 Jorge Lopez 51 Damien Magnifico 53 Jhan Marinez — Tommy Milone 52 Jimmy Nelson 38 Wily Peralta 58 Rob Scahill 35 Brent Suter 59 Carlos Torres — Taylor Williams

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 6’1” 200 11/30/87 R/R 6’2” 220 4/14/90 R/R 6’0” 205 3/16/89 R/R 6’2” 220 7/13/89 R/R 6’0” 155 2/7/93 R/R 6’3” 235 5/2/88 R/R 6’4” 220 11/26/83 R/R 6’0” 205 1/16/85 L/L 6’3” 185 4/7/94 R/R 6’4” 235 2/2/93 R/R 6’6” 210 12/18/89 R/R 6’4” 220 11/26/91 R/R 6’3” 195 2/10/93 R/R 6’1” 195 5/24/91 R/R 6’1” 200 8/12/88 L/L 6’0” 220 2/16/87 R/R 6’6” 250 6/5/89 R/R 6’1” 255 5/8/89 L/R 6’2” 220 2/15/87 L/L 6’5” 195 8/29/89 R/R 6’1” 180 10/22/82 S/R 5’11” 195 7/21/91

# Catchers — Jett Bandy 9 Manny Pina 13 Andrew Susac

B/T Ht R/R 6’4” R/R 6’0” R/R 6’1”

# Infielders 3 Orlando Arcia 2 Scooter Gennett 14 Hernan Perez 29 Yadiel Rivera — Travis Shaw 7 Eric Thames 5 Jonathan Villar

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 6’0” 165 8/4/94 L/R 5’10” 185 5/1/90 R/R 6’1” 215 3/26/91 R/R 6’3” 185 5/2/92 L/R 6’4” 230 4/16/90 L/R 6’0” 210 11/10/86 S/R 6’1” 215 5/2/91

# Outfielders 8 Ryan Braun — Lewis Brinson 23 Keon Broxton — Ryan Cordell 10 Kirk Nieuwenhuis — Brett Phillips 25 Michael Reed 16 Domingo Santana

B/T Ht R/R 6’2” R/R 6’3” R/R 6’3” R/R 6’4” L/R 6’3” L/R 6’0” R/R 6’0” R/R 6’5”

Wt DOB 235 3/26/90 215 6/5/87 215 3/22/90

Wt DOB 205 11/17/83 195 5/8/94 195 5/7/90 195 3/31/92 225 8/7/87 185 5/30/94 215 11/18/92 220 8/5/92

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Why Are Sedona’s Rocks


The answer to one of the most asked questions by Sedona visitors is iron! The incredible array of colors displayed by Sedona’s famous Red Rocks is a direct result of iron oxide in water seeping into sandstone rock formations. Water carrying dissolved iron oxide drains through the porous sandstone and literally paints quartz grains – you guessed it – red! The Red Rocks vary in origin, color and age. Some were originally sea sediment while others came from blowing sand. You’ll see bright orange, red and tan rocks. The brightest orange rocks are more than 250 million

years old. White and grey rocks are limestone that formed at the bottom of the sea or sandstone that had its red color washed out by water. You may also stumble across basalt extruded by volcanoes in the past. Sedona and its famous Red Rocks have been in the making for hundreds of millions of years. There are many ways to enjoy the scenery, just be sure to get out and experience Sedona’s world renowned Red Rocks! And remember, take only memories, leave only footprints. AZ



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oakland athletics

Three years removed from back-to-back division titles in 2012 and 2013 the Oakland A’s have now spent the previous two seasons in last place with nearly identical seasons of 94 and 93 losses but if there’s one thing the A’s are familiar with its rebuilding. Scrolling through the A’s roster you’ll find a few familiar names and faces; four year veteran No. 1 starter Sonny Gray is still around after missing his Opening Day start because of food poisoning, he also spent most of August and September on the disabled list with an upper back strain and a strained right forearm. After earning distinction as the ace of the A’s staff with back-to-back 14 win seasons in 2014 and 2015 and a 2.88 composite ERA, Gray struggled to a 5-11 record with a 5.69 ERA in 22 starts in 2016. Veteran reliever Ryan Madson posted a 6-7 record with a 3.62 ERA and 30 saves and was signed to a three-year $22 million prior to the season making him the highest paid player on the team. Journey man reliever and former bartender John Axford was signed to a two-year $10 million contract and went 6-4 with a 3.97 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 65 innings as the bullpens set-up man. Rookie left-hander Sean “Baby Giraffe” Manaea was impressive going 7-9 with a 3.86 ERA in 144 innings spanning 24 starts. Kendall Graveman was the only A’s starter to earn wins in double figures going 10-11 with a 4.11 ERA pitching a team-high 186 innings in 31 starts. Left fielder Khris Davis led a mostly anemic A’s offense knocking 42 home runs with 102 RBI and was a steal at $524,000 after being acquired in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for a pair of minor leaguers. At the time of this writing the amount of Davis’ contract had not yet been determined as he is in the first year of eligibility for arbitration scheduled to receive between $4.6 and $5 million. Shortstop Marcus Semien hit 27 home runs with 75 RBI in his second full season and is still playing for the major league minimum at $512,000 but will become eligible for arbitration next year. Rookie third baseman Ryon Healy made his big league debut on July 15, and hit 13 home runs and 37 RBI with a .305 batting average in 72 games. Free agent World Series hero Rajai Davis, whose two-run homer for the Cleveland Indians in the bottom of the eighth inning turned Game Seven of the 2016 Series into an epic “instant classic,” was signed to a one-year $6 million contract. Prospect to watch: Shortstop Franklin Barreto hit .281 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI in 119 games at AA Midland. ARRIVALS: CF Rajai Davis, 3B Trevor Plouffe DEPARTURES: 3B Danny Valencia, OF Sam Fuld 70

40-man roster # Pitchers 50 Raul Alcantara 61 John Axford 40 Chris Bassitt 58 Paul Blackburn 46 Santiago Casilla 45 Jharel Cotton 35 Daniel Coulombe 62 Sean Doolittle 66 Ryan Dull 49 Kendall Graveman 54 Sonny Gray 32 Jesse Hahn 31 Liam Hendriks 44 Ryan Madson 55 Sean Manaea 33 Daniel Mengden 72 Frankie Montas 60 Andrew Triggs 63 Bobby Wahl

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 6’4” 220 12/4/92 R/R 6’5” 220 4/1/83 R/R 6’5” 220 2/22/89 R/R 6’1” 195 12/4/93 R/R 6’0” 210 7/25/80 R/R 5’11” 195 1/19/92 L/L 5’10” 190 10/26/89 L/L 6’2” 210 9/26/86 R/R 5’9” 175 10/2/89 R/R 6’2” 200 12/21/90 R/R 5’10” 190 11/7/89 R/R 6’4” 215 7/30/89 R/R 6’0” 200 2/10/89 L/R 6’6” 225 8/28/80 R/L 6’5” 245 2/1/92 R/R 6’2” 190 2/19/93 R/R 6’2” 255 3/21/93 R/R 6’4” 220 3/16/89 R/R 6’2” 210 3/21/92

# Catchers 13 Bruce Maxwell 19 Josh Phegley 21 Stephen Vogt

B/T Ht Wt DOB L/R 6’1” 250 12/20/90 R/R 5’10” 230 2/12/88 L/R 6’0” 225 11/1/84

# Infielders 17 Yonder Alonso 1 Franklin Barreto 20 Mark Canha 25 Ryon Healy 8 Jed Lowrie 57 Yairo Munoz 18 Chad Pinder 3 Trevor Plouffe — Adam Rosales 10 Marcus Semien 52 Joey Wendle

B/T Ht Wt DOB L/R 6’1” 230 4/8/87 R/R 5’10” 190 2/27/96 R/R 6’2” 210 2/15/89 R/R 6’5” 225 1/10/92 S/R 6’0” 180 4/17/84 R/R 6’1” 165 1/23/95 R/R 6’2” 195 3/29/92 R/R 6’2” 215 6/15/86 R/R 6’2” 200 5/20/83 R/R 6’0” 195 9/17/90 L/R 6’1” 190 4/26/90

# Outfielders 46 Jaycob Brugman 2 Khris Davis 11 Rajai Davis 23 Matt Joyce 28 Matt Olson 5 Jake Smolinski

B/T Ht Wt DOB L/L 6’0” 195 1/18/92 R/R 5’10” 195 12/21/87 R/R 5’10” 195 10/19/80 L/R 6’2” 205 8/3/84 L/R 6’5” 230 3/29/94 R/R 5’11” 205 2/9/89

# Designated Hitter B/T Ht Wt DOB Magazine Arizona KEY 22 Renato Nunez R/R 6’1” 220 4/4/94

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san diego padres

After falling all the way to last place in the NL west with a sixthconsecutive losing season a house cleaning was in order for the San Diego Padres. The 2016 Padres, 68-94 record represented a six-game drop-off from the previous season and tied the Cincinnati Reds for the worst mark in the National League. The Padres are entering the 2017 season in a full rebuilding mode fielding one of the major league’s youngest and most inexperienced teams. The Padres’ rebuilding process actually began last year with the ouster of high-paid veteran outfielders Matt Kemp and Melvin Upton who were both dealt at the trading deadline in salary dumping deals for unproven minor leaguers. The departure of Kemp and Upton created opportunities for top prospects like Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe, (ranked No.’s 2 and 3 respectively in the Padres system by Baseball America) both made their big league debuts in 2016 and are on track to crack the starting lineup this year. Margot, 21, was named the starting center fielder for the World team in the 2016 All-Star futures game before being called up by the Padres in September. Renfroe, 24, bashed 30 home runs with 105 RBI and a .306 batting average is 133 games at AAA El Paso and sparkled in his big league debut knocking four home runs with 14 RBI at a .371 clip in 35 at-bats spanning 11 games flashing a rifle-armed gun in right field. Margot and Renfro will compete and share time in the outfield with Travis Jankowski, 25, and Alex Dickerson, 26, both of whom finished the season as regular starters last year. In his first full season without injury, first baseman Wil Meyers played up to the potential of his 2013 AL Rookie of the Year campaign, reaching career highs with 28 home runs and 84 RBI. Fast becoming the face of the franchise Myers signed a six-year, $83 million extension with the team through the 2023 season. Rookie right-hander Luis Pedrome led a lackluster Padres’ pitching staff with nine wins. James Shields, Drew Pomeranz, Andrew Cashner and reliever Fernando Rodney were all dealt before season’s end in return for a batch of prospect-laden talent including; shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., first baseman Josh Naylor, right-handed pitcher Chris Paddack and the team’s No. 1 pitching prospect teenager Anderson Espinosa. The acquisition of eight-year veteran righty Jhoulys Chacin and the return of lefty Clayton Richard will shore up a young rotation. While the youthful infusion will not necessarily lead to immediate contention in a top heavy NL West division the team’s commitment to the rebuilding process does provide some hope on the horizon. Prospect to watch: Manuel Margot, hit .304 with 21 doubles, 12 triples and 30 stolen bases in 124 games at AAA El Paso.

ARRIVALS: RHP Jhoulys Chacin, LHP Clayton Richard DEPARTURES: C Derek Norris, RHP Edwin Jackson 72

40-man roster # Pitchers 77 Buddy Baumann 40 Ryan Buchter — Trevor Cahill 56 Carter Capps — Jhoulys Chacin 47 Paul Clemens 55 Jarred Cosart — Miguel Diaz — Jon Edwards 41 Robbie Erlin 53 Christian Friedrich 52 Brad Hand 54 Keith Hessler — Tyrell Jenkins — Zach Lee — Walker Lockett 37 Brandon Maurer 61 Luis Perdomo 59 Kevin Quackenbush 29 Colin Rea — Clayton Richard — Jose Ruiz 76 Jose Torres 49 Cesar Vargas

B/T Ht Wt DOB L/L 5’11” 195 12/9/87 L/L 6’4” 250 2/13/87 R/R 6’4” 240 3/1/88 R/R 6’5” 220 8/7/90 R/R 6’3” 215 1/7/88 R/R 6’3” 215 2/14/88 R/R 6’3” 205 5/25/90 R/R 6’1” 175 11/28/94 R/R 6’5” 235 1/8/88 R/L 6’0” 190 10/8/90 R/L 6’4” 215 7/8/87 L/L 6’3” 220 3/20/90 L/L 6’4” 240 3/15/89 R/R 6’4” 210 7/20/92 R/R 6’4” 227 9/13/91 R/R 6’5” 225 5/3/94 R/R 6’5” 230 7/3/90 R/R 6’2” 185 5/9/93 R/R 6’4” 235 11/28/88 R/R 6’5” 225 7/1/90 L/L 6’5” 240 9/12/83 R/R 6’1” 190 10/21/94 L/L 6’2” 175 9/24/93 R/R 6’2” 220 12/30/91

# Catchers B/T Ht 12 Christian Bethancourt R/R 6’2” 18 Austin Hedges R/R 6’1” — Luis Torrens R/R 6’0” # Infielders 63 Carlos Asuaje — Allen Cordoba — Javier Guerra 4 Wil Myers 13 Jose Rondon 2 Luis Sardinas 11 Ryan Schimpf 26 Yangervis Solarte 15 Cory Spangenberg

Wt DOB 210 9/2/91 210 8/18/92 175 5/2/96

B/T Ht Wt DOB L/R 5’9” 160 11/2/91 R/R 6’1” 175 12/6/95 L/R 5’11” 155 9/25/95 R/R 6’3” 205 12/10/90 R/R 6’1” 195 3/3/94 S/R 6’1” 180 5/16/93 L/R 5’9” 180 4/11/88 S/R 5’11” 205 7/7/87 L/R 6’0” 195 3/16/91

# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt DOB — Franchy Cordero L/R 6’3” 175 9/2/94 24 Alex Dickerson L/L 6’3” 235 5/26/90 16 Travis Jankowski L/R 6’2” 185 6/15/91 7 Manuel Margot R/R 5’11” 180 9/28/94 Magazine Arizona KEY 10 Hunter Renfroe R/R 6’1” 220 1/28/92



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san francisco giants 40-man roster

For a while there it looked like the stars were aligned for the Giants to make another every-other-year run at the World Series; clinching a wild card playoff berth on the last day of the season and having postseason ace Madison Bumgarner lined up to pitch the Wild Card game on four-day’s rest. Bumgarner did his part throwing a complete-game, four-hit shutout against the New York Mets but the Giants quest came up short when they were defeated by the Cubs in the NLDS. San Francisco’s 87-75 record was a three-game improvement from the previous season but the Giants still finished second behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West for the third year in a row. The acquisition of nine-year-veteran Johnny Cueto, paired with Bumgarner, provided the Giants with perhaps the best one-two starting pitching punch in baseball. Cueto posted an 18-5 record with a 2.79 ERA in 32 starts spanning 219 innings and a league-leading five complete games. Bumgarner went 15-9 with a 2.74 ERA and 251 strikeouts in 226 innings in 34 starts and was named to his fourth straight All-Star team. The pair should remain together as Cueto is signed through 2021 and Bumgarner through 2017 with the Giants holding options for 20182019. Free-agent signee Jeff Samardzija won a career-high 12 games against 11 losses with a 3.81 ERA in 32 starts. The Giants 593 runs allowed was the fourth fewest in the league and while the starting pitching was more than adequate the bullpen proved to be the team’s Achilles heel committing a major-league-high and franchise-record 32 blown saves. If the Giants bullpen had converted just half of those save opportunities they would have most likely won the division and would have avoided playing the Cubs in the NLDS. The Giants addressed the team’s bullpen issue signing free-agent closer Mark Melancon to a four-year $62 million deal. Melancon split time between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals last year, finishing a league-high 67 games with 47 saves and a 1.64 ERA in 71 innings. The Giants offense also sputtered last year finishing 9th in the league with 715 runs scored. Catcher Buster Posey hit 14 home runs with 80 RBI and his .288 batting average was the lowest in the last five years but he was named to his fourth All-Star squad and won his first Gold Glove Award. First baseman Brandon Belt hit .275 and led the team with just 17 home runs while his 82 RBI were two behind Brandon Crawford’s 84. Crawford played in a career-high 155 games, hitting .275 with 12 home runs and led the NL with 11 triples and won his second consecutive Gold Glove. Prospect to watch: Infielder Christian Arroyo is the Giants No. 2 ranked prospect by Baseball America. Arroyo hit .274 with 36 doubles at AA Richmond last year and has compiled a .294 batting average over four minor league seasons.

ARRIVALS: RHP Mark Melancon, RHP Josh Johnson DEPARTURES: RHP Jake Peavy, RHP Sergio Romo 74

# Pitchers B/T Ht Wt DOB 50 Ty Blach R/L 6’2” 200 10/20/90 65 Ray Black R/R 6’5” 225 6/26/90 52 Clayton Blackburn L/R 6’3” 230 1/6/93 40 Madison Bumgarner R/L 6’5” 250 8/1/89 18 Matt Cain R/R 6’3” 230 10/1/84 73 Kyle Crick L/R 6’4” 220 11/30/92 47 Johnny Cueto R/R 5’11” 220 2/15/86 — Ian Gardeck R/R 6’2” 220 11/21/90 62 Cory Gearrin R/R 6’3” 200 4/14/86 67 Joan Gregorio R/R 6’7” 180 1/12/92 — Chase Johnson R/R 6’3” 190 1/9/92 70 George Kontos R/R 6’3” 215 6/12/85 64 Derek Law R/R 6’2” 210 9/14/90 41 Mark Melancon R/R 6’2” 210 3/28/85 45 Matt Moore L/L 6’3” 210 6/18/89 — Reyes Moronta R/R 6’0” 175 1/6/93 48 Steven Okert L/L 6’3” 210 7/9/91 61 Josh Osich L/L 6’2” 230 9/3/88 29 Jeff Samardzija R/R 6’5” 225 1/23/85 — Dan Slania R/R 6’5” 275 5/24/92 R/L 6’5” 265 7/10/89 13 Will Smith 68 Chris Stratton R/R 6’3” 190 8/22/90 60 Hunter Strickland R/R 6’4” 220 9/24/88 56 Albert Suarez R/R 6’3” 235 10/8/89 # Catchers 14 Trevor Brown — Nick Hundley 28 Buster Posey

B/T Ht R/R 6’2” R/R 6’1” R/R 6’1”

Wt DOB 195 11/15/91 205 9/8/83 215 3/27/87

# Infielders 1 Ehire Adrianza 9 Brandon Belt — Orlando Calixte 35 Brandon Crawford 21 Conor Gillaspie — Miguel Gomez 10 Eduardo Nunez 12 Joe Panik 37 Kelby Tomlinson

B/T Ht Wt DOB S/R 6’1” 170 8/21/89 L/L 6’5” 220 4/20/88 R/R 5’11” 180 2/3/92 L/R 6’2” 215 1/21/87 L/R 6’1” 195 7/18/87 S/R 5’10” 185 12/17/92 R/R 6’0” 195 6/15/87 L/R 6’1” 190 10/30/90 R/R 6’3” 180 6/16/90

# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt DOB 66 Gorkys Hernandez R/R 6’1” 190 9/7/87 6 Jarrett Parker L/L 6’4” 210 1/1/89 8 Hunter Pence R/R 6’4” 220 4/13/83 — Justin Ruggiano R/R 6’1” 210 4/12/82 2 Denard Span L/L 6’0” 210 2/27/84 Magazine Arizona KEY 51 Mac Williamson R/R 6’4” 240 7/15/90







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seattle mariners

With the addition of multi-dimensional shortstop Jean Segura at the top of the order, the Seattle Mariners have the potential to become a modern day murderers’ row and serious contender in the AL West. Segura looked like a combination of Rickey Henderson and newly elected Hall of Famer Tim Raines in his breakout season with the Arizona Diamondbacks last year after flying under the radar for three seasons in Milwaukee. He led the National League with 203 hits and 637 at-bats, scoring 102 runs while knocking 20 home runs and driving in 64 from the leadoff spot with a .319 batting average and an impressive .867 OPS. He also hit 41 doubles, 7 triples and stole 33 bases. He’ll be setting the table for Sluggers Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager. After a couple of subpar seasons only by his own lofty standards, Cano had his best year since joining the Mariners in 2014 reaching career-highs with 39 home runs and 107 runs scored, with 103 RBI at a .298 clip, and was named to his seventh All-Star team. At 33 with seven years remaining, his 10-year $240 million contract isn’t looking so bad. Nelson Cruz knocked a second-best in the AL 43 home runs was and reached 40 for the third consecutive season. He also drove in 105 runs, scored 96 and hit .287 with a .915 OPS and at 36, has two years remaining on his three-year $45 million contract. Third baseman Kyle Sager keeps getting better posting career-highs across the board with 30 home runs, 99 RBI, a .278 average and at 28, he’s barely missed a game in the last five seasons and is signed with the Mariners through 2022. Staff ace “King Felix,” Hernandez, missed six weeks with a calf injury sustained during a teammate’s home run celebration at home plate and had the only abbreviated season of his 12-year career going 11-8 with a 3.82 ERA in 12 starts. Hisashi Iwakuma led the Mariners with 199 innings pitched and a career-high 16 wins with a 4.12 ERA. In his second full season, top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker was 8-11 with a 4.22 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 134 innings and was the center piece in the trade for Segura along with shortstop Ketel Marte. The Mariners shored up their rotation with the addition of Yovani Gallardo in a trade for outfielder Seth Smith and Chris Heston, of the SF Giants for a player to be named later. Heston missed most of last season with an oblique injury but compiled a 12-11 record with a 3.95 ERA in 2015 including a memorable no-hitter against the New York Mets. Youngsters, Ben Gamel, Mitch Haniger and Guillermo Heredia and newly acquired Jarrod Dyson will share time in left and right field next to starting center fielder Leonys Martin. Prospect to watch: Outfielder Tyler O’Neill hit .293 with 24 home runs and 102 RBI in 130 games at AA Jackson and followed up by hitting .292 with 3 home runs and 14 RBI for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.

ARRIVALS: RHP Yovani Gallardo, OF Jarrod Dyson DEPARTURES: RF Seth Smith, 1B Adam Lind 76

40-man roster # Pitchers 53 Dan Altavilla 31 Steve Cishek — Zac Curtis 39 Edwin Diaz — Casey Fien — Paul Fry — Yovani Gallardo 34 Felix Hernandez — Chris Heston 18 Hisashi Iwakuma 37 Ariel Miranda — Dillon Overton 65 James Paxton — James Pazos — Marc Rzepczynski 58 Evan Scribner — Shae Simmons — Drew Smyly — Thyago Vieira 50 Nick Vincent — Rob Whalen 55 Tony Zych

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 5’11” 200 9/8/92 R/R 6’6” 215 6/18/86 L/L 5’9” 190 7/4/92 R/R 6’3” 165 3/22/94 R/R 6’2” 210 10/21/83 L/L 6’0” 190 7/26/92 R/R 6’2” 205 2/27/86 R/R 6’3” 225 4/8/86 R/R 6’3” 195 4/10/88 R/R 6’3” 210 4/12/81 L/L 6’2” 190 1/10/89 L/L 6’2” 175 8/17/91 L/L 6’4” 235 11/6/88 R/L 6’2” 235 5/5/91 L/L 6’2” 220 8/29/85 R/R 6’3” 190 7/19/85 R/R 5’11” 190 9/3/90 L/L 6’3” 190 6/13/89 R/R 6’2” 210 7/1/93 R/R 6’0” 185 7/12/86 R/R 6’2” 220 1/31/94 R/R 6’3” 190 8/7/90

# Catchers — Tuffy Gosewisch — Carlos Ruiz 3 Mike Zunino

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 5’11” 200 8/17/83 R/R 5’10” 215 1/22/79 R/R 6’2” 220 3/25/91

# Infielders 22 Robinson Cano 6 Mike Freeman — Taylor Motter 36 Shawn O’Malley — D.J. Peterson 15 Kyle Seager — Jean Segura — Danny Valencia 20 Daniel Vogelbach

B/T Ht Wt DOB L/R 6’0” 210 10/22/82 L/R 6’0” 190 8/4/87 R/R 6’1” 195 9/18/89 S/R 5’11” 175 12/28/87 R/R 6’1” 210 12/31/91 L/R 6’0” 210 11/3/87 R/R 5’10” 205 3/17/90 R/R 6’2” 210 9/19/84 L/R 6’0” 250 12/17/92

# Outfielders — Jarrod Dyson 16 Ben Gamel — Mitch Haniger 5 Guillermo Heredia 12 Leonys Martin

B/T Ht Wt DOB L/R 5’10” 165 8/15/84 KEY 5/17/92 L/L 5’11” 185 R/R 6’2” 215 12/23/90 R/L 5’10” 180 1/31/91 L/R 6’2” 200 3/6/88

# Designated Hitters B/T Ht Wt DOB Magazine Arizona KEY 23 Nelson Cruz R/R 6’2” 230 7/1/80


texas rangers

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Bursting from the blocks the Texas Rangers appeared to have ran away with the AL West division by the end June but a July swoon saw the Houston Astros close within 2.5 games before the Rangers got hot again eventually winning the division for the second straight year and fourth in the last seven seasons. Making his case for Cooperstown, 19-year big league veteran Adrian Beltre needs just 58 hits to reach 3,000 and 55 home runs shy of 500. A seemingly ageless wonder at 37 who plays the game with a joyful exuberance, Beltre blasted 32 home runs with 104 RBI and a .300 batting average and .879 OPS finishing seventh in AL MVP voting and winning a 5th Gold Glove award at third base. Beltre signed a two-year $36 million contract extension with the Rangers through 2018 which should get him to the coveted 500 home run plateau. After being named “Comeback Player of the Year” for 2015 a second spinal fusion surgery on a herniated disc in his neck forced the retirement of six-time All-Star Prince Fielder 89 games into the 2016 season. Once considered one of the most dominant sluggers in the game Fielder led the National League with 50 home runs for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007 making him and Cecile Fielder the only father and son duo to each hit 50 home runs in a season. Fielder drove in a league-leading 141 runs in 2009 and played in all 162 games of the season in four out of five seasons from 2009 to 2013 sitting out one game of a doubleheader in 2010. A tearful Fielder addressed the media on August 10th: “So I want to just thank my teammates and the coaching staff. I’m going to really miss those guys. They’re a lot a fun. I’ve been in a big league clubhouse since I was their age,” he said, motioning toward his sons. “To not be able to play is going to be tough.” Fielder leaves the game having hit 319 home runs with 1.28 RBI and a .283 batting average in 12 big league seasons. Second baseman Roughned (ROOG-ned) “Stinky” Odor had a breakout season knocking 33 home runs with 88 RBI and a .271 average and threw the punch heard ‘round the league exacting a measure of revenge on Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista for his bat flipping gesture during the previous season’s ALDS, landing a hard right-cross on Bautista’s jaw after a he slid hard into second base in the middle of a double play. Southpaw Cole Hamels led the Rangers pitching staff going 15-5 with a 3.32 ERA and 200 strikeouts in 200 innings. Hamels has two years remaining on his contract at $23.5 million per-year with a $20 million team option for 2019. Prospect to watch: First baseman Ronald Guzman hit 15 runs with 56 RBI in 102 games at AA Frisco and received a late-season call up to AAA Round Rock. ARRIVALS: OF Josh Hamilton, RHP Andrew Cashner DEPARTURES: 1B Mitch Moreland, DH Carlos Beltran

40-man roster # Pitchers 39 Dario Alvarez 43 Tony Barnette 51 Matt Bush — Andrew Cashner 58 Alex Claudio 11 Yu Darvish 41 Jake Diekman 47 Sam Dyson 56 Andrew Faulkner 21 Chi Chi Gonzalez 64 A.J. Griffin 35 Cole Hamels — Mike Hauschild 21 Jeremy Jeffress 50 Keone Kela 62 Jose Leclerc 22 Nick Martinez 65 Yohander Mendez 33 Martin Perez — Tyson Ross 59 Connor Sadzeck 52 Tanner Scheppers — Tyler Wagner

B/T Ht L/L 6’1” R/R 6’1” R/R 5’9” R/R 6’6” L/L 6’3” R/R 6’5” L/L 6’4” R/R 6’1” R/L 6’3” R/R 6’3” R/R 6’5” L/L 6’4” R/R 6’3” R/R 6’0” R/R 6’1” R/R 6’0” L/R 6’1” L/L 6’5” L/L 6’0” R/R 6’6” R/R 6’7” R/R 6’4” R/R 6’3”

# Catchers B/T Ht 61 Robinson Chirinos R/R 6’1” 25 Jonathan Lucroy R/R 6’0” 63 Brett Nicholas L/R 6’2”

Wt DOB 170 1/17/89 190 11/9/83 180 2/8/86 235 9/11/86 180 1/31/92 220 8/16/86 200 1/21/87 205 5/7/88 205 9/12/92 215 1/15/92 230 1/28/88 205 12/27/83 210 1/22/90 205 9/21/87 215 4/16/93 190 12/19/93 200 8/5/90 200 1/17/95 200 4/4/91 245 4/22/87 240 10/1/91 200 1/17/87 205 1/24/91 Wt DOB 210 6/5/84 200 6/13/86 220 7/18/88

# Infielders 68 Hanser Alberto 1 Elvis Andrus 29 Adrian Beltre 13 Joey Gallo — Ronald Guzman 12 Rougned Odor 19 Jurickson Profar

B/T Ht Wt DOB R/R 5’11” 215 10/17/92 R/R 6’0” 200 8/26/88 R/R 5’11” 220 4/7/79 L/R 6’5” 235 11/19/93 L/L 6’5” 205 10/20/94 L/R 5’11” 195 2/3/94 S/R 6’0” 190 2/20/93

# Outfielders 17 Shin-Soo Choo 3 Delino DeShields 14 Carlos Gomez 30 Nomar Mazara — Drew Robinson 16 Ryan Rua

B/T Ht Wt DOB L/L 5’11” 210 7/13/82 R/R 5’9” 200 8/16/92 R/R 6’3” 220 12/4/85 L/L 6’4” 215 4/26/95 L/R 6’1” 200 4/20/92 R/R 6’2” 205 3/11/90

# Designated Hitters B/T Ht Wt DOB 77 17 Shin-Soo Choo L/L 5’11” 210 7/13/82


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TO SCOUT THE TOP PROSPECTS OF 2017 Baseball Fans... here’s your chance to test your scouting skills. Below you will find the Top Prospects for each Cactus League Team. Watch the player, make your notes, and then see if you can get an autograph. Take a picture of your “Scouting Report” and post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #KeyScout. Play Ball!

Diamondbacks Top Prospect: Dawel Lugo Middle infielder Dawel Lugo hit a combined .311 with 17 home runs and 62 RBI at single-A Visalia and AA Mobile and was named Arizona Fall League Player of the Week for Oct. 31 – Nov. 5. Date:



Autograph: Cubs Top Prospect: Ian Happ Second Baseman Ian Happ hit a combined .279 with 15 home runs and 73 RBI in 134 games at single-A Myrtle Beach and AA Tennessee in 2016. Date:



Autograph: White Sox Top Prospect: Yoan Moncada Second baseman Yoan Moncada is considered the top five-tool prospect in baseball. A switch-hitting second baseman possessing power and speed, Moncada stole 94 bases in 109 attempts (86%) during his two minor league seasons. Date:



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Reds Top Prospect: Nick Senzel Third baseman Nick Senzel hit .329 with seven home runs with 36 RBI in 58 games at single-A Dayton in 2016 Date:



Autograph: Indians Top Prospect: Bradley Zimmer Outfielder Bradley Zimmer hit 14 home runs with 53 RBI in 93 games at AA El Paso before a late-season call up to AAA Columbus and should make his big league debut this year. Date:



Autograph: Rockies Top Prospect: Ramiel Tapia Outfielder Raimel Tapia, 23, hit .323 at AA Hartford and .346 at AAA Albuquerque compiling 25, 10 triples, 8 home runs and 24 stolen bases before making his big league debut and figures to be in the big league mix again this year. Date:



Autograph: Royals Top Prospect: Josh Staumont Fire-balling Josh Staumont fastball has been clocked at 102 MPH and he struck out 167 batters in 123 combined innings at single-A Wilmington and AA North West Arkansas. Date:





Angels Top Prospect: Matt Thiass A first round pick from the 2016 draft, Catcher Matt Thiass hit .338 in 15 games at Rookie League Orem and .276 with 4 home runs and 31 RBI at single-A Burlington and will be converted to a third baseman to keep his bat in the lineup. Date:



Autograph: Dodgers Top Prospect: Cody Bellinger Power hitting first baseman Cody Bellinger hit .263 with 23 HRs and 65 RBI in 114 games at AA Tulsa and hit .314 with eight doubles and three home runs in 20 games for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League. Date:



Autograph: Brewers Top Prospect: Josh Hader Left-handed pitcher Josh Hader compiled a 3-8 record with a 3.29 ERA with 161 strikeouts in 126 innings at AA Biloxi and AAA Colorado Springs in 2016. Date:



Autograph: Athletics Top Prospect: Franklin Barreto Shortstop Franklin Barreto hit .281 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI in 119 games at AA Midland. Date:



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Padres Top Prospect: Manuel Margot Manuel Margot, hit .304 with 21 doubles, 12 triples and 30 stolen bases in 124 games at AAA El Paso. Date:



Autograph: Giants Top Prospect: Christian Arroyo Infielder Christian Arroyo is the Giants No. 2 ranked prospect by Baseball America. Arroyo hit .274 with 36 doubles at AA Richmond last year and has compiled a .294 batting average over four minor league seasons. Date:



Autograph: Mariners Top Prospect: Tyler O’Neill Outfielder Tyler O’Neill hit .293 with 24 home runs and 102 RBI in 130 games at AA Jackson and followed up by hitting .292 with 3 home runs and 14 RBI for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. Date:



Autograph: Rangers Top Prospect: Ronald Guzman First baseman Ronald Guzman hit 15 runs with 56 RBI in 102 games at AA Frisco and received a late-season call up to AAA Round Rock. Date:






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