Semien, Johnson start strong in Arizona Fall League

Semien, Johnson start strong in Arizona Fall League
October 9, 2013, 9:45 am
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Micah Johnson and Marcus Semien got off to a quick start at the Arizona Fall League.

The two White Sox prospects helped pace the Glendale Desert Dogs, who scored eight runs in an 11-inning tie against the Mesa Solar Sox on Tuesday afternoon in the team’s AFL opener at Glendale, Ariz.

Johnson, who went 2-for-5 with a walk, scored three runs and stole three bases. He swiped 84 bases in the regular season.

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Semien, who hit .261 in 21 games for the White Sox, went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk.

The two infielders are part of eight White Sox players who are expected to participate in the AFL. Outfielders Jared Mitchell and Brandon Jacobs are also participants, though Jacobs is a taxi-squad player and will play on weekends only.

Jacobs, who was acquired in a July trade from Boston, had a .244/.320/.407 line along with 13 homers and 66 RBIs this season. The 22-year-old appeared in 43 games at Birmingham and then went to instructional camp in Arizona.

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“The key is keeping him going to the winter,” White Sox assistant general manager Buddy Bell said. “We’re trying to solidify his base. Also on the taxi squad, you can get more detailed work in. I personally like the game routine, but we just didn’t have enough spots.”

Charlie Leesman, Chris Bassitt, Stephen McCray and Kevin Vance round out the team’s Arizona Fall League contingent as all are expected to pitch for Glendale.

Cubs prospect Kris Bryant went 3-for-6 with a double, two RBIs and two runs for Mesa. The Cubs’ Jorge Soler also doubled in six at-bats with an RBI.