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Simokaitis is a Sleeper

Joe Simokaitis

Joe Simokaitis grew up in Missouri, so naturally he started out as a St. Louis Cardinals fan. He has a brother that began as a batboy for the Cardinals and now works in their front office. But the Cubs' farmhand and the rest of his family have switched allegiances and now root for Chicago.

Simokaitis got one step closer to the parent club when he was promoted last week from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa. A shortstop picked in the 10th round of the MLB draft in 2005, Simokaitis has an overall approach to the game that should appeal to the denizens of Wrigley Field if he makes it to Chicago: tremendous work ethic, respectful of the sport, maker of the routine play, runs out...

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