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Mesa’s fall league ends in a loss

Though the Arizona Fall League is mostly about improving on an individual basis and competing against some of baseball’s elite, young talent, it’s also nice to win a few games. Unfortunately for Cubs prospects on the Mesa Solar Sox’s roster, wins came few and far between during the AFL season.

Mesa dropped its season finale 8-3 to Phoenix Thursday afternoon, giving the Solar Sox a league-worst 10-20 record.

Matt Szczur went 0-for-4 in the leadoff spot, with an RBI groundout in the third inning. Logan Watkins finished 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Nick Struck pitched the fourth and fifth innings, surrendering only one hit, a solo home run, and striking out a batter.

Despite missing the last two weeks of the season, Javier Baez finished in a tie for third in home runs (4) and finished sixth in RBI (16). Szczur finished tied for fourth with nine stolen bases, just one less than base-stealing phenom Billy Hamilton (Reds). He also drew 14 walks, good for a tie for seventh in the league. And despite playing in just nine games, Watkins’ on-base percentage was .375, thanks in part to his eight walks.

On the rubber, Tony Zych fared the best of any Cubs pitcher. His 3.86 ERA in 14.0 innings would have been even lower had he not surrendered two earned runs in his final outing. While he struck out only four batters during the season, he walked only two.

Kevin Rhoderick was also solid in the hitter-friendly league. He posted a 4.82 ERA in 9.1 innings and managed to strike out 14 batters—sixth on the team—despite pitching fewer innings than all but two Mesa pitchers.

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Tony Zych earns win in AFL Rising Stars Game

It was more a case of being at the right place at the right time, but Cubs farmhand Tony Zych earned the win in Saturday afternoon’s Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game, as the East team scored a 9-4 victory over the West.

Zych entered the game with one out and a man on first in the fifth inning. Reds speedster Billy Hamilton singled on a bunt and advanced to third on a throwing error by first baseman Jonathan Singleton (Astros). Pinch-runner Nick Ahmed (Braves) scored from first on the error. Former Cubs prospect Hak-Ju Lee (Rays) singled up the middle, scoring Hamilton and giving the West a 4-3 lead. Padres prospect Rymer Liriano doubled on a soft fly ball to right, putting runners on second and third. After that, Zych settled down, striking out Hunter Morris (Brewers) and getting Nick Franklin (Mariners) to pop out to shortstop.

But luck was on Zych’s side because in the bottom half of the fifth, the East offense scored six, putting the game away. Zych was the only Cubs prospect to play in the game. Javier Baez also earned an invite, but a thumb injury effectively ended his AFL season.

On Friday the Solar Sox lost 7-5 at the hands of Peoria.

Outfielder Matt Szczur went 0-for-4 with a walk and drove in a run on a fielder’s choice in the second inning. He also stole his seventh base of the season in the second inning. Kevin Rhoderick saw three batters, getting the first two to fly out to the outfield. The third batter, Cody Asche (Phillies), doubled and Rhoderick was removed. Asche would score later score on a Rymer Liriano single.

Mesa hosts Scottsdale Monday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 local time. Dae-Eun Rhee is scheduled to pitch for the Solar Sox.

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Solar Sox capture win vs. Phoenix

Mesa held off Phoenix for a 7-5 win Wednesday, though it was a quiet day for Cubs’ bats.

With Javier Baez likely out for the fall and Matt Szczur taking the last few days off, Rubi Silva was the lone Cub hitter in the order. He finished the day 0-for-4, drawing a walk in the ninth inning.

Tony Zych earned his first save of the fall, surrendering an earned run on two hits in the ninth. He struck out the final batter of the game. That earned run was just the second for Zych in eight appearances in the hitter-friendly league.

Kevin Rhoderick entered the game as a reliever in the fifth inning. The righty saw three hitters, striking out two and getting the third to pop out to second.

Mesa hosts Salt River on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 local time.

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Mesa splits weekend matchups

Mesa finally snapped its long losing streak Friday, taking down Scottsdale 8-4 in comeback fashion, but lost again Saturday to bring their record to 4-12.

Trailing 4-1 on Friday, Mesa scored seven runs after the fifth inning and cruised to the win.

Javier Baez started the comeback in the sixth with a two-run single, scoring Aaron Westlake and Jonathan Schoop. With the next batter—Cubs utilityman Rubi Silva—at the plate, Gorman Erickson stole home while Baez swiped second. Silva would later walk. Baez was 1-for-5. Silva finished 1-for-3 with a single and the aforementioned walk.

Matt Szczur entered the game in the bottom of the seventh and popped out to the shortstop in the eighth in his only at-bat of the day.

Cubs pitchers held down the fort late in the game. Kevin Rhoderick pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two, and Tony Zych allowed one hit and no runs in the ninth.

Though the Solar Sox dropped their Saturday game to Salt River 12-6—and were down 4-0 before they even got an at-bat—there were a few impressive Cubs performances.

In the bottom of the third, Matt Szczur ripped a triple to right. He was driven in two batters later on a Nick Castellanos sacrifice fly. In his next at-bat in the fifth, Szczur singled to right. Bobby Borchering hit a homer to score the pair a batter later. Szczur walked in the eighth but was caught stealing second to end the inning.

Baez was 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts before being replaced in the sixth inning by Silva, who went 0-for-3.

Nick Struck pitched the sixth inning for Mesa, allowing one run on one hit and two walks.

Mesa heads to Surprise Monday with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 local time. Cubs prospect Dae-Eun Rhee will start for the Solar Sox.

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Bullpen falters in Mesa loss

Mesa held a two-run lead heading into the ninth, but Cubs farmhand Kevin Rhoderick couldn’t close the door as the Solar Sox fell 4-3 Wednesday afternoon.

Rhoderick, a right-hander who had a 1.59 ERA in 5.2 fall innings prior to Wednesday’s game, surrendered a walk to the second batter he faced. A single put men on first and second before Chris Dominguez ripped a homer to left. Rhoderick retired the next two batters in order, but the damage was done.

Cubs righty and minor league pitcher of the year Nick Struck also got a chance to pitch, giving up no hits, no walks and striking out three over two scoreless innings.

Matt Szczur led off the fifth inning with a single and scored on a Rafael Ynoa triple to center. He finished the day 1-for-4 with a walk.

Rubi Silva also recorded a hit—a single in the sixth—in four at-bats.

Mesa hosts Peoria Thursday with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 local time.

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Late rally not enough for Solar Sox

Mesa scored three runs in the ninth to force extra innings, but Salt River’s Andy Wilkins hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th, prolonging the Solar Sox’s seven-game losing streak. Cubs prospects were heavily involved in the comeback, however.

Cubs shortstop Javier Baez kicked off the ninth with a single up the middle. He advanced to second on a passed ball, and then to third on a wild pitch. He would score two batters later on a two-RBI single by Brian Ward. Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur drove in pinch-hitter Joc Pederson from second on a single to left.

Szczur finished the day 2-for-5 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Baez went 1-for-5 and committed his seventh error of the fall league. Rubi Silva was also in the lineup. He went 0-for-4 with a walk.

Nick Struck lowered his ERA with a scoreless seventh inning, giving up just one hit. Kevin Rhoderick came in in the eighth and struck out two, allowing no runs, no hits and one walk.

Mesa heads to Phoenix Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 12:35. Cubs arm Dae-Eun Rhee is expected to start.

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Early deficits too much for Solar Sox to overcome

Mesa’s struggles continued this weekend, though it wasn’t for a lack of offense. On Friday the Solar Sox were on the losing end of a 10-6 decision to Phoenix and followed that up Saturday with a 16-10 loss to Surprise.

In Friday’s contest, Rubi Silva entered the game in the sixth, and tripled to center in the eighth, scoring Gorman Erickson from second. He was ejected from the game in the ninth inning.

Matt Szczur went 0-for-5 while Baez was 0-for-4.

Nick Struck pitched 2/3 an inning, surrendering three earned runs on two hits and three walks. Kevin Rhoderick pitched a scoreless eighth inning, allowing one hit.

The Mesa bats came alive on Saturday, and despite Baez’s big day offensively, it wasn’t enough. Baez would reach on an error in the third and later score on a Rafael Ynoa single. In the top of the eighth, he hit his third home run of the season, a three-run shot to center field, scoring L.J. Hoes and Jonathan Singleton. Baez did commit two errors defensively however.

Szczur was solid at the plate Saturday also. He forced a bases-loaded walk in the second inning, and would later score on a Hoes ground out. He also drew another walk in the third. In the fifth he scored Jiovanni Mier on a single up the middle.

Tony Zych surrendered his first earned run of the season in the ninth, but also struck out a batter.

Mesa will take on Salt River Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 local time.

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Pitchers, Baez solid in Solar Sox loss

The Solar Sox were on the losing end of a 4-2 decision to Peoria Tuesday afternoon. But the Cubs organization can take solace in the pitching efforts of their farmhands, as well as Javier Baez’s work at the plate.

Baez was the lone Cub to record a hit for Mesa, finishing the day 2-for-4. He singled in the second inning, drove in a run on an RBI ground out in the sixth and singled to right field in the ninth. Matt Szczur and Rubi Silva both went 0-for-4. Silva struck out twice.

Kevin Rhoderick pitched a scoreless fifth inning, striking out two and allowing one hit. Nick Struck pitched a hitless ninth.

Mesa heads to Scottsdale Wednesday night to take on the Scorpions, a team comprised of prospects from the Angels, Giants, Indians, Pirates and Yankees. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 local time, and Cubs farmhand Dae-Eun Rhee is projected to start for the Solar Sox.

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For stats on the entire Mesa squad, check out’s Arizona Fall League page.

Cubs bats come alive in AFL victories

The weekend’s games were full of offense for the Mesa Solar Sox, who captured a 12-6 win over Surprise to kick off the weekend on Friday and an 8-3 decision on Saturday vs. Phoenix. And much of the teams’ offense came from the bats of the Cubs’ farmhands.

Matt Szczur and Rubi Silva saw action in the first game. Szczur went 2-for-5 with two hits and a pair of stolen bases. He also drove in an insurance run on a single in the seventh inning. Silva recorded a single in his first at-bat and stole second. He’d finish 1-for-5 with a run scored.

Kevin Rhoderick pitched the fourth inning for Mesa. He surrendered a home run to the leadoff hitter, and then fanned a pair of batters before recording a ground out.

Silva and Javier Baez were inserted into Saturday’s lineup. Silva led off for the Solar Sox and kick-started the game with a single to center. A Jonathan Singleton home run drove him in three batters later. In the fifth, he singled again, and was driven in on another home run, this time by Baez. He’d finish 2-for-5.

Baez only had one hit Saturday, but it was the aforementioned three-run shot that drove in the game-winning runs.

Nick Struck entered the game in the fourth inning. After striking out his first two batters, he surrendered a home run to right. The next hitter grounded out to short. Tony Zych closed out the game with a scoreless ninth, surrendering one hit.

After the first week of play, Baez leads the league in RBI with seven.

On Monday, the Solar Sox host Peoria, a squad comprised of prospects from the Mariners, Phillies, Padres, Reds and Twins. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 local time.

For stats on the entire Mesa squad, check out’s Arizona Fall League page.

Cubs kick off Arizona Fall League with a bang

Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI in his Arizona Fall League debut. (Photo by Rodger Wood)

Things couldn’t have started much better for the Cubs top prospects in the Arizona Fall League yesterday. Though the Solar Sox dropped the 6-5 opener to the Salt River Rafters Tuesday night, much of Mesa’s offense came from Cubs representatives.

Nobody had a better outing than shortstop Javier Baez, who got things going in the top of the second inning with a home run to center to make the game 1-0. Later in the game, Baez ripped a double into left, scoring two.

Leadoff man Matt Szczur was 0-for-2, but drew a pair of walks and dropped down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner to second in his second at-bat. Pinch-hitter Rubi Silva led off the eighth inning with a single that got by the shortstop. Three batters later he would score to give the Solar Sox the 5-4 lead.

Even in limited action, Cubs pitchers fared well. Right-handed reliever Kevin Rhoderick gave up one hit and struck out three in 1.2 innings while righty fireballer Tony Zych struck out the only batter he faced in the ninth.

The Solar Sox have their home opener Wednesday at 12:35 local time. Again they’ll face Salt River, a team comprised of prospects from the Diamondbacks, White Sox, Rockies, Blue Jays and Nationals.

Solar Sox Notes: According to, Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig will sit out the Solar Sox season with a staph infection in his right arm. He is rated the organization’s No. 2 prospect.