BRISTOL, Tenn. – Former King University baseball player Mitch Stophel was called up this week to the Chicago Cubs' Class A affiliate in South Bend. Stophel is the first player in program history to be called to the Class A level or higher.
He started the season with the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League. The Emeralds are the Cubs' Short Season Class A affiliate. While there, Stophel made three appearances, tossing three innings this season.
Stophel now joins the South Bend Cubs who are 4-2 on the season and play in the Midwest League.
Last year Stophel was selected in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft and helped with the Arizona Cubs to the Arizona League championship.