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Pignatiello Preparing for AFL

Carmen Pignatiello

For some Cubs minor leaguers, the 2006 season is over. For many others, it's only about to pick back up. Carmen Pignatiello is one of the seven annual Cub prospects to represent the organization in this year's Arizona Fall League, which begins less than a month from now on Oct. 10.

Pignatiello, who turns 24 on Tuesday, spent the majority of 2006 at Double-A West Tennessee with two stops at Triple-A Iowa. He appeared in 38 games for the Diamond Jaxx, going 3-1 with a 2.69 ERA in 60 1/3 innings. The left-hander will join fellow Cub pitching prospects Lincoln Holdzkom, Grant Johnson, and Clay Rapada in the AFL beginning next month. Jake Fox (catcher), Scott Moore (third base...

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