The Arizona Fall League will be commemorating its 20th anniversary thoughout this fall's campaign, and once again, the elite finishing school for prospects has assembled an impressive collection of Minor League talent to celebrate in style.The Mesa Solar Sox roster includes Mizzou alum RHP Tyler Clark, currently pitching in the Detroit Tigers organization. Interesting note: one of Clark's teammates on the Solar Sox will be Jarred Cossart, who was once a signee for Mizzou but was drafted and signed by the Phillies.
The Peoria Javelinas roster includes Kyle Gibson, who has been rehabbing in the Twins' minor leagues this season, after Tommy John surgery a year ago.
Matt Stites is also on the Javelinas roster. Stites is currently working his way through the Padres farm system.
♦ Recovered from concussion issues, Grizzlies infielder Bond is seeing success (Fresno Bee)
Count Giants minor-league hitting coordinator Steve Decker as another Bond fan.
"I use him as an example constantly with a lot of our younger hitters about how to get on base," said Decker, who has managed Bond at multiple stops in the Giants farm system.
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It may not happen for him this September -- Bond is not on the Giants' 40-man roster -- but both Decker and Mariano believe opportunity eventually will knock.
"When you hit .330 in the upper minors and have a career on-base percentage over .400, those skills don't just come along every day," Decker said. "Someone is going to give him a chance."
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