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Handicapping the Cubs' Instructional League

Lansford makes position switches (STAFF/PAM DAVIS)

Arizona is always a busy place for the Chicago Cubs in the fall months. It is where they hold annual organizational meetings, update scouting reports on some of their top prospects in the Arizona Fall League, and take better stock of their players in the Instructional League.

The Instructional League, which ended last month, provides Cubs coaches and instructors with an opportunity to get together with players on a one-on-one basis, an affordability that the regular minor league season does not always allow. A pitcher might work on such individual drills as holding base-runners, fielding their position, bunting, or trying out a new pitch. Conversely, a position...

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