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CHICACO — When Cole Hamels joined the Cubs last month after a trade from the Rangers, the first teammate he saw in the clubhouse upon his arrival was someone unfamiliar. He didn’t even recognize his name when he heard it.
It was David Bote.
An unheralded prospect, drafted in 2012 out of a small community college in Kansas, Bote was at there before everyone else — working. His career thus far has been built on preparing for and seizing...