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Examining the Rookies: Part I

Examining the Rookies: Part I

It's not every day that a professional baseball team is no-hit and still wins. Yet that's exactly what happened earlier this month to the Mesa Cubs, the Arizona Rookie League affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. While the event may have gone unnoticed on a national level, it certainly caught the eye of one of the men primarily responsible for overseeing the rookies' development.

The Cubs won the game, 1-0, against the Royals on July 19. In the fourth inning, second baseman Valerio Heredia reached on a throwing error with one out and then stole second and third base. A sacrifice fly to center from catcher Carlos Perez was deep enough to score the speedy Heredia, who has 15 stolen bases in 22 attempts with the club. The Mesa team struck five batters in the game and...

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