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Nico Hoerner, Justin Steele are among the Cubs prospects headed to the Arizona Fall League

David Bote used the Arizona Fall League as a springboard for his ascent to becoming a key member of the 2018 Cubs.

It might be a reach for the team’s current prospects to follow the same path, but Nico Hoerner and Justin Steele will be among the players who receive a close look when the AFL season starts Tuesday.

Hoerner, the Cubs’ first pick in the 2018 draft, and Steele, who missed most of 2018 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, will play for Mesa.

Hoerner, 21, an infielder, batted .327 with two home runs, six RBIs and six stolen bases in 14 games at three low minor-league levels before suffering a left elbow injury on July 15 while playing for Class A South Bend.

Steele, 23, a fifth-round pick in 2014, resumed pitching in July and posted a 2-2 record and 2.31 ERA in 11 starts at three levels.

In his last start for Double-A Tennessee on Aug. 31, Steele limited Pensacola to three hits and one run while striking out five in six innings.

Hoerner and Steele will be joined on the Mesa roster by the following Cubs’ prospects: pitchers Bailey Clark, Erick Leal and Manuel Rondon; catchers P.J. Higgins and Jhonny Pereda; infielder Trent Giambrone and outfielder D.J. Wilson.

The AFL operates a 30-game schedule that runs through Nov. 15 at six Catcus League parks. The season culminates with the league championship on Nov. 17.

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