In today’s Daily Progress, Andrew Ramspacher talks about the close bond that has formed between #UVAFB linebacker Malcolm Cook and head coach Bronco Mendenhall as a result of spending the 2016 season on the sidelines as well as Cook’s excitement to be in the starting lineup for Saturday’s 2017 season-opener against William & Mary.

Arizona Fall League

Congratulations to former #UVABASE standouts Matt Thaiss and Brandon Waddell, who have both earned invitations to compete in MLB’s Arizona Fall League. All 30 organizations sent some of the best players in their respective systems to fill the rosters of the six AFL teams, which serves as an elite prospect finishing school. In that group, there are 11 players on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospect List, including four in the Top 20. Approximately 60 percent of players who compete in the AFL will reach the Major Leagues. Hundreds of future Major League All-Stars have come through the Fall League since its inception, including Mike Piazza, the first AFL alum to get enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. There have been 27 Rookie of the Year Award winners and 16 MVP Award winners who put the finishing touches on their Minor League development in Arizona over the two and a half decades of the league’s existence.