October 17, 2017 - Arizona Fall League (AzFL)
Scottsdale, Arizona - Mesa Solar Sox second baseman David Bote (Cubs) has been named the Arizona Fall League Player of the Week. The Longmont, Colorado native emerged from the first week of play as the AFL leader in average (.500), hits (8), home runs (3), total bases (17), slugging percentage (1.063) and RBI (tie-6). He ranked second in runs scored (5) and on-base percentage (tie-.556).
The 5-11, 185-pound middle infielder registered eight hits in 16 at-bats last week. He started his season with three multi-hit games, including a three-RBI game on Opening Day, Tuesday, October 10, and he hit safely in all four of his week-one appearances. An 18th round (554th overall) selection of the Cubs in the June 2012 Draft out of Neosho (Kansas) Community College, Bote is a six-year professional.
In 543 career games, he owns a .262 batting average with 39 homers and 237 RBI in addition to 40 stolen bases. The 24-year-old has played at every level in the Cubs organization, including a 12-game stint at Triple-A Iowa in 2016 when he hit .364. Earlier that season at High-A Myrtle Beach, he batted .337 with six homers and 41 RBI in 72 games. Bote spent the 2017 campaign at Tennessee in the Double-A Southern League, hitting .272 with 14 homers and 59 RBI in 127 games.
Others - Two other nominees for the first weekly award were Mesa shortstop Sheldon Neuse (Athletics) and Peoria outfielder Eric Filia (Mariners). Arizona Fall League - Known throughout professional baseball as a finishing school for Major League Baseball's elite prospects, the Arizona Fall League, now in its 26th season, is a six-team league owned and operated by MLB.
It plays six days per week (Monday-Saturday) at six spring-training stadiums in the Phoenix metropolitan area - Camelback Ranch-Glendale (Glendale Desert Dogs), Sloan Park (Mesa Solar Sox), Salt River Fields (defending champion Salt River Rafters), Scottsdale Stadium (Scottsdale Scorpions) and Surprise Stadium (Surprise Rafters).