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).

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”