Hillcats Impressing In Arizona

October 19, 2011 10:41 AM

The Arizona Fall League is made up of six teams. Each team is comprised of players from five organizations. An invitation to the Arizona Fall League is not something to be taken lightly. Highly thought of prospects are given the chance to showcase their abilities against the top talent in the minor leagues in what is commonly known as just The Fall League. Three members of the 2011 Hillcats, Joey Terdoslavich, Christian Bethancourt, and Todd Cunningham, are currently tearing up the prestigious Arizona Fall League as members of the Surprise Saguaros.

Terdoslavich, the Hillcats 2011 co-MVP and Atlanta Braves Organizational Player of the Year, is currently pacing the Fall League with a .464 batting average. He is yet to hit a home run in his seven games, but has three doubles and a triple so far. Terdoslavich has played six games at first base and one at third base.

Bethancourt, a mid-season All-Star in the South Atlantic League and second half call-up for the Hillcats, has caught six games for the Saguaros. Base stealers have been successful in five of six attempts with him behind the plate, but he too is impressing in the batter's box. He has hit his way on safely in each game he's played, and is tied for the fourth-best average in the league at .400.

Cunningham, a mid-season Carolina League All-Star, led the Hillcats outfield as the everyday center fielder when he was healthy in 2011. As a member of the Saguaros in Arizona he has played one game in center and five more contests in left field. The shift in the outfield has not slowed him down at the plate any, currently boasting a .348 clip.

Two weeks into the fall season, the Saguaros are 10-2 sitting atop the West Division, 4.5 games ahead of the Peoria Javelinas and 6.5 games in front of the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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