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Arizona Fall League recap: 10/21/13

Mesa got back to its winning ways, taking down Surprise 9-6 Monday afternoon. Cubs prospect Kris Bryant fared well at the bat, though Armando Rivero didn’t have the same level of success. Here are the highlights from yesterday’s action.

Kris Bryant, 3B – Batting fourth in the order and leading off the second inning, Bryant drew a four-pitch walk to head the frame. A single put him on second and a groundout moved Bryant to third before Devon Travis (Tigers) drove him in on a single to the left side of the infield. Again in the fifth, the 21-year-old drew a four-pitch walk. He got to second when Tyler Collins (Tigers) reached on an error and got to third on a walk before being driven in by Travis on a sacrifice fly. With one out in the sixth, Bryant recorded his third double of the season, this one to left field, moving Taylor Lindsey (Angels) from first to third. He finished 1-for-2 with two walks.

Armando Rivero, RHP – Rivero came into the game in the seventh and surrendered back-to-back singled to start off the inning. He got Joe Wendle (Indians) to strike out before inducing another walk to load the bases. A Garin Cecchini (Red Sox) single scored two and another single subsequently loaded the bases. But Rivero forced Henry Urrutia (Orioles) into an unassisted double play to end the inning. His final line read: IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, K.

Tommy Collier (Tigers) takes the ball for the Solar Sox Tuesday, as they take on southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez (Orioles, No. 84 prospect in baseball, according to and Surprise. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 CST.

Arizona Fall League recap: 10/18/13-10/19/13

As a team, Mesa struggled this weekend, falling 11-9 on Friday and 8-2 on Saturday. Despite not getting the best results, a few Cubs had some stellar games. Albert Almora and Kris Bryant are at or near the top of nearly every offensive category. Here are the highlights from this weekend’s action.

Friday, Oct. 18

Albert Almora, CF – In the bottom of the seventh inning, Mesa’s leadoff hitter ripped his fourth double of the fall, though Adrian Nieto (Nationals) was thrown out at home on the play. Almora went 1-for-6 Friday night.

Dallas Beeler, RHSP – Beeler had a rough second AFL start, going three innings and giving up three earned runs. His only strikeout was against Tyler Naquin (Indians), who led off the game. He faced four batters in the second inning, and got Garin Cecchini (Red Sox) to ground into a double play to end the frame. But Beeler just couldn’t stay out of trouble in the first and the third. His final line read: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. He owns a 6.00 ERA through two starts.

Kris Bryant, 3B – With men on first and second and one out in bottom of the third, Bryant ripped a ground-rule double to left-center field, scoring Taylor Lindsey (Angels). Jorge Soler drove him in two batters later. With Lindsey on second in his next at-bat, Bryant ripped a homer to left field. But the 2013 first-round pick wasn’t done there. In the fifth inning, he hit a solo shot to right-center field for his fourth homer of the fall. Bryant was 3-for-5.

Armando Rivero, RHP – Rivero came on in the ninth and gave up one earned run on two hits and a walk. He was credited for the loss.

Jorge Soler, RF – Soler singled in the bottom of the third to left field, scoring Bryant and moving Matt Skole (Nationals) to second. He singled again in the fourth, finishing the night 2-for-5.

Saturday, Oct. 19

Lendy Castillo, RHP – Castillo surrendered one hit in a scoreless sixth inning.

Wes Darvill, 3B – Darvill went hitless in four at-bats.

Matt Loosen RHP – Loosen fanned James Ramsey (Cardinals) and Mike Freeman (Diamondbacks), pitching a 1-2-3 fifth inning for Mesa.

Jorge Soler, RF – Soler recorded one of Mesa’s three hits in Saturday’s loss. He led off the seventh with a single, advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on a Jett Bandy (Angels) double. He was 1-for-4 at the plate.

Mesa hosts Surprise Monday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1:35 CST. Sammy Solis (Nationals) takes the mound for the Sox, opposite Miguel Pena (Red Sox). Bryant is expected to hit fourth and play third base for Mesa.

Arizona Fall League recap: 10/17/13

The Mesa Solar Sox ran their record to 7-0 in the Arizona Fall League Thursday behind four scoreless innings from Nationals prospect Matt Purke. The only Cub to see action was outfielder Albert Almora, who continues to impress after an injury-plagued 2013 season with Kane County. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Albert Almora, CF – Almora is hitting a cool .500 thus far in the prestigious fall league. The Cubs No. 2 prospect, according to, led off the third inning with a single to left field but was caught stealing by catcher Austin Hedges (Padres) one batter later. Almora finished the day 1-for-4.

The Sox are on the road to face Surprise in a Friday afternoon tilt. Cubs prospect Dallas Beeler will take the mound for Mesa opposite Will Lamb (Rangers). Almora, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler are all in the starting lineup.

Arizona Fall League recap: 10/16/13

The Cubs’ bats were relatively quiet, but the Solar Sox still racked up another victory Wednesday afternoon. Kris Bryant went hitless for the first time in the AFL (he did draw a walk), while reliever Lendy Castillo picked up the slack on the mound. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Lendy Castillo, RHP – Entering the game with a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth, Castillo surrendered a leadoff double and then a bloop single to put runners on first and second with nobody out. That’s when the reliever went to work. He forced Aaron Altherr (Phillies) into a double-play and then struck out Jonathan Mayer (Astros) to end the game. Castillo recorded his first save of the fall. His final line read: IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 K.

Wes Darvill, 2B – Darvill hit ninth Wednesday and lead off the third inning with a single to right. He finished 1-for-4.

The Sox host Peoria Thursday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:35 CST. Matt Purke (Nationals) will take the ball for Mesa, opposite Johnny Barbato (Padres). Albert Almora is expected to lead off and play center field.

Arizona Fall League recap: 10/15/13

Mesa is still unbeaten, after taking down Scottsdale 7-4 Tuesday. Albert Almora continued his successful fall season, while Jorge Soler and Armando Rivero got into the action as well. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s game.

Albert Almora, CF – After a few days of rest, Almora led off for the Solar Sox. The 2012 first-round pick drew a walk to start the bottom of the third and scored two batters later on a C.J. Cron (Angels) homer. The team batted around in the third. With men on second and third and two outs, Almora hit a ground-rule double to left-center field, scoring David Freitas (Athletics) and Dixon Machado (Tigers). Then in the bottom of the fifth with nobody on base, he recorded another double to right to finish the game 2-for-4 with a walk.

Armando Rivero, RHP – Rivero entered the game in the eighth inning and gave up a bloop double and a single to the first two batters he faced. Jarrett Parker (Giants) followed with a sacrifice fly. That was all the damage Scottsdale could do, however. RIvero’s final line read: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER.

Jorge Soler, DH – Soler singled in the bottom of the fourth and finished the day 1-for-5.

Mesa heads out to Peoria Wednesday, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:35 CST. Tommy Collier (Tigers) will take the mound for the Solar Sox while right-hander Matt Heidenreich (Astros) goes for the Javelinas. Kris Bryant will be batting fourth and playing third, and Wes Darvill will bat ninth and play second base for Mesa.

Arizona Fall League recap: 10/14/13

The Solar Sox continued their winning ways, edging out Scottsdale 7-6 Monday. A trio of Cubs prospects got into the game for Mesa, with some mixed results. Here are the highlights from yesterday’s action.

Kris Bryant, 3B – Bryant, who is hitting .444 on the fall, batted fourth for Mesa and reached on fielding errors in the first, third and fourth innings. He was stranded in the first, but Taylor Lindsey (Angels) hit a home run to score him in the third. In the fourth inning, he reached second on a stolen base, but that’s as far as he’d get. In the top of the sixth with a man on third, Bryant hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Devon Travis (Tigers). He singled in the eighth to finish the night 1-for-4.

Matt Loosen, RHP – Loosen entered the game in the third with two outs and a man on second and struck out Cory Vaughn (Mets) to get out of the inning. He got himself into a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the bottom of the fourth, but a shallow fly out, a force out and a caught stealing kept the damage to one run. He gave up a leadoff triple in the fifth, but again allowed only one run. His final line read: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 K.

Jorge Soler, RF – Soler hit sixth for the Solar Sox and recorded his third double of the fall with a sixth inning two-out drive to center. He finished the night 1-for-5.

Mesa hosts Scottsdale this afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1:35 CST. Sammy Solis (Nationals) will take the mound for the Solar Sox, opposite Aaron Northcraft (Braves).

Arizona Fall League recap: 10/11/13

Cubs prospects made an impact on both sides of the ball for Mesa in a win over Surprise Friday night. All three offensive players in the lineup contributed, while a duo of right-handers got in the game as well. Here are the Cubs highlights from Friday’s Solar Sox game.

Kris Bryant, DH: Batting fifth for the Sox, Bryant drove in the first run of the game on a two-out single in the first inning with men on first and second, scoring fellow Cubs prospect Jorge Soler. Then with one out in the seventh, Bryant blasted his second homer of the AFL season, a solo shot to center. Bryant was 2-for-5 on the night.

Dallas Beeler, RHP: Beeler got his first AFL action of the season, starting Friday’s game. He struck out Garin Cecchini (Red Sox, No. 82 prospect according to in the first inning and went 1-2-3 in the second. With a runner on first and third in the third inning, Beeler surrendered a RBI groundout, but worked his way out of any further damage, fanning Mookie Betts (Red Sox) and getting Cecchini to ground out to second. His final line read: 3.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 K, BB. He also recorded a pair of pickoffs.

Lendy Castillo, RHP: Castillo pitched the fifth inning and struggled a bit, giving up a hit, two walks and an earned run before getting out of the inning.

Wes Darvill, 3B: Making his first start of the season, Darvill recorded an RBI single on a ground ball back to the pitcher in the third inning, scoring Steven Souza Jr. (Nationals). He also drew walks in the fifth and seventh to finish the night 1-for-3.

Jorge Soler, RF: Soler reached on a fielding error in the first, advanced to second on a C.J. Cron (Angels) single and scored on Bryant’s single. In the top of the third, the Cuban singled on a soft liner to center and scored three batters later on a Souza double. He finished 1-for-5.

Arizona Fall League recap: 10/10/13

Mesa continued its offensive onslaught Thursday night, topping Salt River 8-1. Only outfielder Albert Almora and reliever Armando Rivero entered the game for the Cubs, but both made the most of their playing time. Here are the Cubs highlights from yesterday’s action:

Albert Almora, RF:  Almora slid over to right field to make room for Washington’s Brian Goodwin (No. 65 prospect overall, according to and batted first for the Sox. He began the night with a groundout and a flyout before leading off the fifth inning with a single to left. An error on a pickoff attempt got the 19-year-old to third, where he’d later score on a Goodwin fielder’s choice. With the bases loaded in the ninth, Almora tripled to center, scoring Matt Skole (Nationals), Max Muncy (Athletics) and David Freitas (Athletics). Goodwin drove him in later that inning. In all, Almora finished 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs.

Armando Rivero, RHP: Rivero entered the game in the ninth inning and gave up a leadoff double before recording a popout and a double-play to end the game. In two innings pitched this season, the right-hander has a 0.00 ERA with three strikeouts.

Arizona Fall League recap: 10/9/13

It took exactly two games for Cubs farmhands—a group that was already the talk of the Arizona Fall League—to get Arizona and North Side fans buzzing. All four Cubs position players saw action in the Solar Sox’s 13-3 win over Glendale, and all four made an impact. Their combined final line read: 8-for-14, 3 HR, 3 2B, 2 BB, 11 RBI, 8 R. Here’s what each player did yesterday.

Albert Almora, CF — Almora saw his first AFL action Wednesday, and got right to it, leading off the bottom of the first with a home run to left on the first pitch he saw. In the bottom of the second with runners on first and third, the 2012 first-round pick ripped a double to right, scoring Adrian Nieto (Nationals) and Dixon Machado (Tigers). He then led off the fourth with a sharp single to left field and would score three batters later on a Jorge Soler double. Almora again led off the fifth inning with a single to left, but would be stranded. He finished the day 4-for-5 with one home run and three RBI.

Kris Bryant, 3B — Batting fifth in the lineup, Bryant smashed a three-run homer in the bottom of the first, scoring Devon Travis (Tigers) and Zach Borenstein (Angels). Bryant singled to center in the bottom of the third and drew a walk in the fourth. The 2013 first-round pick did commit a fielding error in the top of the third, but no runs scored as a result. He finished the day 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI.

Wes Darvill, 3B — Darvill entered the game as a defensive substitute in the seventh and recorded a two-run home run in the eighth, scoring Soler, who reached on a fielder’s choice. It was his only at-bat of the day.

Jorge Soler, DH — Shifting from the outfield on Tuesday to designated hitter on Wednesday, the Cuba native’s big at-bat came in the fourth inning when he hit a three-run double that scored Almora, Travis and Borenstein. Soler finished 1-for-5 with a walk and three RBI.

Mesa heads to Salt River Thursday night, where they will see the Blue Jays’ top prospect in right-hander Aaron Sanchez (No. 20 prospect in baseball, according to Washington’s Matt Purke will take the mound for Mesa, with first pitch scheduled for 7:35 central time. Lineups have not yet been posted.

Arizona Fall League Recap: 10/8/13


Top prospect Kris Bryant got off to a fast start in the AFL. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Mesa Solar Sox—a team comprised of prospects from the Cubs, Angles, A’s, Nationals and Tigers—opened up the Arizona Fall League season with an 11-inning, 8-8 tie Tuesday afternoon against Glendale. Trailing 7-3 in the top of the eighth inning, the Solar Sox rallied for five runs, behind RBI doubles from Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler. The Desert Dogs would get a run back in the bottom of the ninth to force extras. Here’s what the Cubs prospects did yesterday afternoon:

  • 3B Kris Bryant went 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. With Angels prospects C.J. Cron on second and Taylor Lindsey on first with nobody out in the second inning, Bryant ripped a single up the middle, scoring Cron. Bryant drove in Cron again with an eighth-inning double, cutting the deficit to three.
  • RF Jorge Soler finished 1-for-6 with an RBI. The Solar Sox regained the lead in the eighth thanks to a Soler double to left field that scored Oakland catcher David Freitas from second.
  • RHP Matt Loosen entered the game in the third and went two innings, surrendering two unearned runs, striking out one and walking one. He was credited with a blown save.
  • RHP Lendy Castillo surrendered three unearned runs in the sixth inning, striking out one.
  • RHP Armando Rivero pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out the side, including the game’s top prospect, Twins outfielder Byron Buxton. Rivero was credited for a hold.

The Sox will host Glendale this afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1:35 CST. Cubs prospect Albert Almora will lead off and play center field, Soler will DH and bat fourth, and Bryant will play third base and bat fifth.


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