Cubs partner with Peoria Chiefs; AFL Roster Update

The Peoria Chiefs were the Chicago Cubs' Class Mid A affiliate during much of the 80's and early 90's. On Wednesday, the two sides made it official: Cubs minor league baseball was on its way back to the Land of Lincoln.<BR><BR> Meanwhile the Arizona Fall League kicks off in less than a month, and OF Adam Greenberg is one of many who will spotlight the circuit from the Cubs' farm system.

The partnership was made official Wednesday, as the Cubs ended their six-year affiliation with the Lansing Lugnuts, also of the Midwest League. Peoria had served as a Class A affiliate to the hated St. Louis Cardinals since 1994-'95.

The following are quotes from the Chiefs official website in regards to the transition:

"For nearly 20 years, we've been fortunate in our ability to bring great baseball to central Illinois and we are thankful to the fans who support both Peoria and the Chiefs, no matter the team affiliation." --Chiefs President and General Manager Rocky Vonachen.

"The St. Louis Cardinals are a first-class organization, and we thank them for their past support. However, like most organizations, change is always occurring and when our community was recently presented with this opportunity, we made a business decision to change back to the Cubs." --Majority stockholder David Biefeldt.

Several faces expected to occupy spots on the 2005 Chiefs roster include 2003 First Round Draft Pick Ryan Harvey and 2004 draft pick Jerry Blevins (LHP). The rest of the Chiefs roster will consist primarily of 2004 Boise Hawk players, coupled with those from the Arizona League Mesa Cubs and last year's Lansing roster.

In 2004, the Chiefs finished 75-64 but failed to reach the post-season. The team also went without a flagship station to broadcast its games over the radio.

The Lugnuts meanwhile will partner with the Toronto Blue Jays and serve as Class A affiliate of the American League East doormats.

The Lugnuts were originally the Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

Arizona Fall League Rosters Announced

The following Cubs prospects will join the 2004 Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League: LHP Sean Marshall, RHP Jae-Kuk Ryu, LHP Russ Rohlicek, catcher Geovany Soto, INFs Brian Dopirak, Ronny Cedeno and OF Adam Greenberg.

The Solar Sox will be managed by Charlie Montoyo, skipper of the AA-Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League. The Solar Sox season kicks off October 5 against the Phoenix Desert Dogs. Cubs OF Jason Dubois was the AFL's MVP in 2003 with the Sox.

Former Cub Glenallen Hill will serve as a bench coach.

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