A total of 13 former Tennessee Smokies played in the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians.
The Cubs beat the Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series on Wednesday night.
Twelve former Smokies played for the Cubs in the Series. Indians’ outfielder Brandon Guyer also played for the Smokies.
The Smokies has been the AA affiliate for the Cubs since 2007.
Here’s how the former Smokies players fared in the World Series (not the entire postseason unless otherwise noted):
Editor’s Note: Players are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Albert Almora Jr.: The Cubs outfielder appeared in three World Series games. He went 0-for-1 as a batter, but scored Chicago’s go-ahead run in Game 7 as a pinch runner.
Almora played for the Smokies in 2014 and 2015.
Chicago!!!!!! This was for you!!! The best fans in baseball deserve nothing less!!! World champs baby!!!!! #FlyTheW— Albert Almora Jr. (@albertalmora) November 3, 2016
Jake Arrieta: The Cubs won both games Arrieta started - Game 2 and Game 6. Arrieta threw 5 2/3 innings in both wins for Chicago.
Arrieta pitched four games for the Smokies in 2014.
Javier Baez: The Cubs second baseman went 1 for 5 with a solo home run in Game 7.
Baez committed two errors in Game 7, and fouled off a two-strike bunt attempt with Jason Heyward on third and the score tied at 6-6.
The NLCS co-MVP went 5-for-26 in the World Series.
Baez played for the Smokies in 2013.
Kris Bryant: The Cubs third base went 1-for-4 and scored two runs in Game 7.
Bryant made the throw to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the final out of Game 7.
During the World Series, Bryant was 7-of-25 with two home runs, two RBI and six runs scored. His home run during Game 5 helped tie the game at 1-1.
Bryant is a favorite to win the National League MVP trophy.
Chris Coghlan: Coghlan: Coghlan went 0-for-3 at the plate in the World Series.
He started Game 1 of the World Series in place of Heyward.
Coghhlan appeared in five games for the Smokies in 2016.
Wilson Contreras: The Cubs catcher and left fielder played in the minor leagues this season until June 20.
Contreras went 2-for-19 in the World Series, but had an RBI double in Game 7.
Contreras played for the Smokies in 2015.
Carl Edwards Jr.: Edwards made three appearances in the World Series. He allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched.
In the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 7, Edwards recorded the first two outs before turning things over to left-hander Mike Montgomery.
Edwards pitched for the Smokies in 2014 and 2015.
Brandon Guyer: The Indians outfielder 3-for-10 with three RBI and four runs scored.
In Game 7, Guyer went 2-for-two with a double, an RBI, two runs scored and a walk.
Guyer played for the Smokies in 2009 and 2010.
Kyle Hendricks: The starter for Game 7 gave up two runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched.
The Cubs were 3-2 in games Hendricks pitched in this postseason.
Hendricks pitched for the Smokies in 2013.
Miguel Montero: Montero went 1-for-4 in the World Series, but had an RBI single in the top of the 10th inning in Game 7.
The RBI single wound up becoming the winning run for the Cubs.
Montero played for the Smokies in 2005 and 2006.
Addison Russell: The Cubs shortstop went 6-for-27 with one home run, nine RBI and one run scored.
In Game 7, Russell hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Bryant to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning.
Russell hit a grand slam and tied a series record with six RBI in Game 6.
He played for the Smokies in 2014.
Addison Russell now has 9 RBI this series, the most by a player age 22 or under in a World Series.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 3, 2016
Kyle Schwarber: Schwarber was 7-for-17 (.412 average) with a .500 on-base percentage.
Schwarber returned to play as a designated and pinch hitter for the Cubs in the World Series after tearing two ligaments in his left knee in the third game of the regular season on April 7.
Schwarber did not record a base hit in the regular season.
As a designated hitter in Game 7, Schwarber hit a single to open the top of the 10th inning against Indians relief pitcher Bryan Shaw. Almora pinch-ran or Schwarber and scored the go-ahead run three batters later.
Schwarber played for the Smokies in 2015.
Game on. Schwarber leads off 10th with single and is lifted for Almora Jr. #Cubs— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) November 3, 2016
Jorge Soler: The Cubs outfielder went 2-for-5 from the plate.
Soler started Game 2 in right field instead of Heyward.
He played in 22 for the Smokies in 2014, and nine games in 2016.
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