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Former Cats headed to Arizona Fall League

Jared James, who was runner up in the 2015 Northwoods League batting race, and Jason Vosler, who played for the Cats in 2013, will seek to improve their skills in the developmental league.
Border Cats hitter Jared James notches his first of two hits in a Saturday evening Northwoods League contest against the Duluth Huskies. (James Mirabelli)

THUNDER BAY – A pair of former Thunder Bay Border Cats will take part in Arizona Fall League action in 2017.

Jason Vosler, who played for the Cats in 2013, and Jared James, who spent the summer of 2015 in Thunder Bay, have landed spots in the developmental circuit that allows Major League teams to send six players each to work on their baseball skills each fall.

Vosler, an infielder in the Chicago Cubs organization, hit .243 in 2017 player AA ball in Tennessee, cracking 21 home runs while driving in 81 in 129 games. He hit .275 with seven home runs for the Cats in 2013.

He spent the majority of his time at third base, seeing one game at second base.

James, the son of former big leaguer Dion James, played for the Atlanta Braves Mississippi affiliate in the AA Southern League in 2017, where he hit at an impressive .279 clip in his second year of professional ball.

In 2015, his lone season in Thunder Bay, James hit .364, finishing second in the Northwoods League batting race to La Crosse’s Mason McCoy.

He’ll be playing for the Peoria Javelinas, while Vosler will  suit up for the Mesa Solar Sox.

The Arizona Fall League alumni list includes the likes of Kris Bryant, Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter and Mike Trout.