Adam Engel wins Arizona Fall League MVP Award

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White Sox prospect outfielder Adam Engel was announced Saturday as the winner of the Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award in the Arizona Fall League.

Engel, who was playing for the Glendale Desert Dogs, led the AFL in batting average (.403), on-base percentage (.523), and slugging percentage (.642) while amassing one home run, nine doubles, two triples, nine RBI, and 16 stolen bases over 19 games. The 23-year-old also had more walks (16) than strikeouts (11).

Speed is Engel’s biggest asset, as he swiped 65 bases with High-A Winston Salem this past season while batting .251/.335/.369 over 136 games. He wasn’t a top prospect coming into 2015 and a small sample of games in the hitter-friendly AFL is unlikely to change that, but more people know him now than a month ago and that’s not such a bad thing.

Recent Arizona Fall League MVP Award winners include Greg Bird (2014), Kris Bryant (2013), Chris McGuiness (2012), Nolan Arenado (2011), and Dustin Ackley (2010).

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).