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Arizona Fall League/Caribbean Leagues recap: 11/13/13

Mesa inched one game closer to wrapping up the division title with a 3-2 win Wednesday. Cubs prospect Matt Loosen started and picked up the win for the Solar Sox, and top prospects Albert Almora and Jorge Soler both recorded hits. Elsewhere, Junior Lake had a three-hit game in the Dominican. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Arizona Fall League

Albert Almora, CF – Almora led off the fourth inning with a single, but was thrown out stealing second. He went 1-for-4.

Wes Darvill, LF – Darvill went 0-for-3 at the plate Wednesday.

Matt Loosen, RHSP – It wasn’t the most efficient two innings, as Loosen gave up two hits and walked three. But he didn’t allow a runner to score and struck out one batter to earn his second win of the season (2-1). Loosen’s ERA is currently at 3.29.

Armando Rivero, RHP – Rivero entered in the sixth and gave up no hits and one walk in a scoreless inning, lowering his ERA to 4.91.

Jorge Soler, DH – Soler drew a walk in his second at-bat and added a double, finishing 1-for-3 on the afternoon.

Caribbean Leagues

Dominican Republic

Junior Lake, CF – Lake had a big day, going 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a pair of singles as Oriente picked up a 3-2 win.

Puerto Rico

Edwin Maysonet, SS – Maysonet was hitless in five at-bats, while batting second for Santurce Wednesday.

Jonathan Mota, 3B/1B – Mota went 0-for-3, but drew a pair of walks for Ponce.

Venezuela

Hector Rondon, RHP – Rondon gave up two earned runs on three hits in the ninth inning, but still recorded the win for Caracas.

Arizona Fall League/Caribbean Winter Leagues recap: 11/7/13

Mesa scored four runs in the eighth to tie the game, but a lack of offense cost the Solar Sox in a 5-4, 11-inning loss to Glendale Thursday. Albert Almora recorded two of the club’s five hits, and Matt Loosen pitched well despite earning the loss. Elsewhere, Junior Lake tore it up at the plate in the Dominican, and Eduardo Figueroa picked up a win in Venezuelan league play. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Arizona Fall League

Albert Almora, CF – Almora recorded his first hit of the game in the eighth inning, when he ripped a single to right, scoring Max Muncy (Athletics) from third. He scored two batters later on a Devon Travis (Tigers) single to tie the game at four. He singled again in the 10th on a line drive to right.

Matt Loosen, RHP – Loosen got the side out in order in the bottom of the 10th, including a Jared Mitchell (White Sox) strikeout. He gave up a leadoff double in the 11th, and after fanning Marcus Semien (White Sox), Travis Mattair (Reds) singled down the right-field line, scoring Colin Moran (Marlins) from second to end the game. His final line read: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 0 BB.

Mesa will host Surprise Friday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1:35 CST. Sammy Solis (Nationals) will pitch for the Solar Sox, while Eduardo Rodriguez (Orioles) will take the mound for the Saguaros.

Caribbean Leagues

Dominican Republic

Junior Lake, LF – Lake had a huge day, going 3-for-4 with a home run and a double in an 8-4 Estrellas loss.

Venezuela

Eduardo Figueroa, RHSP – Starting for the Tiburones, Figueroa earned the win going five scoreless innings, fanning seven and walking one while giving up six hits. He is 2-1 on the season.

Lioger Padron, RHP – Padron pitched one inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk as Caracas lost 13-1.

Arizona Fall League/Caribbean Leagues recap: 11/5/13

Mesa came back to defeat Salt River 5-4 Monday night in a rain-shortened, eight-inning affair. Jorge Soler stepped up in a big way for the Sox, while right-hander Matt Loosen picked up the win despite a shaky inning of relief. Here are the highlights from yesterday’s fall/winter league action.

Arizona Fall League

Kris Bryant, 3B – Batting fourth, Bryant finished 0-for-2 with a walk.

Matt Loosen, RHP – Loosen entered the game in the fifth inning, walked the first two batters and surrendered a single to load the bases with no outs. But then he got Stephen Piscotty (Cardinals) to pop out, and after giving up an RBI single, fanned Tim Wheeler (Rockies) and induced a line out from Richie Shaffer (Rays) to end the inning. Loosen was credited with the win. His final line read: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER 2 BB, 1 K.

Jorge Soler, RF – With men on second and third in the bottom of the fifth, Soler hit a sharp grounder to left, scoring David Freitas (Athletics) and Addison Russell (Athletics). The two-RBI double scored the game-tying and game-winning runs. He finished 1-for-4.

Mesa heads to Salt River Tuesday to take on the Rafters, with first pitch scheduled for 8:08 CST. The game will be broadcast on MLB Network. Tommy Collier (Tigers) will throw for the Sox opposite Sam Gaviglio (Cardinals).

Caribbean League

Dominican Republic

Arismendy Alcantara, 2B – Alcantara went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in a 2-1 win for Licey.

Arizona Fall League recap: 10/29/13

Despite a three-run eighth inning, Mesa put itself into too deep a hole Tuesday, falling to Salt River 7-3. Cubs prospect Kris Bryant registered his sixth home run of the fall, and Matt Loosen pitched two solid innings in relief to headline the North Siders’ efforts. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Albert Almora, CF – Almora led off the game with a single to center. He also drew a walk in the fifth inning to finish the game 1-for-4.

Kris Bryant, 3B – Bryant recorded the Sox’s first run on a leadoff homer in the eighth inning. The third baseman was 1-for-5 on the afternoon. He leads the AFL with six home runs.

Lendy Castillo, RHP – Castillo came on in the sixth, and struck out the first batter he faced, Jacob Wilson (Cardinals, No. 20 organizational prospect, according to MLB.com). But he followed that with three walks and a double. His final line read: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 K, 3 BB.

Matt Loosen, RHP – Loosen replaced starter Matt Purke (Nationals) in the fourth and made an immediate impact, striking out his first two hitters faced, Dustin Garneau (Rockies) and James Ramsey (Cardinals, No. 10 organizational prospect). He then induced a ground out to end the inning. After giving up a one-out base hit in the fifth, Loosen forced Kyle Parker (Rockies, No. 9 organizational prospect) to fly out and fanned Richie Shaffer (Rays, No. 9 organizational prospect) to end the inning. His final line read: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 0 BB.

Jorge Soler, RF – Soler went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Mesa heads to Scottsdale to take on the Scorpions Wednesday afternoon. Cubs prospect Dallas Beeler is scheduled to pitch. He has a 2-0 record with a 5.40 ERA this fall. Opposite the right-hander will be Phil Irwin (Pirates). First pitch is scheduled for 2:35 CST.

Arizona Fall League recap: 10/24/13

Apparently, Cubs No. 3 prospect Jorge Soler didn’t like watching teammates Kris Bryant and Albert Almora have all the fun in the Arizona Fall League. After a few days of rest, Soler came back strong, racking up three hits to lead the Mesa Solar Sox to a 7-4 win over visiting Scottsdale Thursday afternoon. The Cubs arms also figured into the decision, as Dallas Beeler, Matt Loosen and Lendy Castillo combined for seven innings, surrendering three earned runs. Here are the highlights from yesterday’s action.

Jorge Soler – Soler began the fall season on a seven-game hitting streak, but was batting only .229 during that stretch. On Thursday, he broke out with a 3-for-4 day to raise his AFL average to .282. Soler put Mesa up early with a first inning single to left field off Scottsdale starter Phil Irwin (Pirates) that scored both Brian Goodwin (Nationals) and Devon Travis (Tigers). Soler singled again in the bottom of the third and eventually scored on an Addison Russell (A’s) sac fly. The Cuban prospect singled to left field for the third time in the fourth inning, but was left stranded. He finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run.

Dallas Beeler – Beeler got off to a rocky start, surrendering two runs to the first two batters he faced on a Mason Williams (Yankees) single and a homer by Alen Hanson (Pirates). But that’s all Beeler would give up in four innings of work Thursday. His final line: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.

Matt Loosen – Loosen followed Beeler with two strong innings. He picked up three strikeouts, but gave up a sixth inning home run to Tommy La Stella (Braves). His line: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.

Lendy Castillo – Former Cubs major leaguer and Rule 5 pick Lendy Castillo continued to impress in the AFL Thursday with one scoreless inning. He also continued to struggle with control, giving up two walks and throwing 19 pitches. His line: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.

Mesa is back in action Friday against Peoria at Surprise Stadium. Michael Roth (Angels) will take the mound for the Solar Sox opposite Kyle Hunter (Mariners). First pitch is scheduled for 2:35 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: 10/14/13

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 opens Tuesday

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Albert Almora will represent the Cubs as a member of the Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. (Photo by Jason Wise)

The Arizona Fall League is upon us. Though many will be tuned into the MLB playoffs for the next few weeks, the AFL is the crystal ball of baseball, giving fans a glimpse of the game’s future stars.

Twenty-five of MLB’s top 100 prospects (according to MLB.com) will be participating in Arizona action, headlined by individuals like the Twins’ Byron Buxton and Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon. Even with those two budding stars, no organization has received more hype for the depth it’s bringing to the league than the Cubs. Three of the AFL’s top 10 prospects are from Chicago’s organization: Albert Almora, Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant.

Each member of that trio has received his fair share of hype, but a few other Cubs prospects who had solid 2013 campaigns are hoping to give the Mesa Solar Sox a boost as well.

Albert Almora, OF — The 2012 first-round pick and No. 21 prospect in baseball impressed when healthy this season. He hit .329/.376/.466 (AVG/OBP/SLG) in 61 games for Class-A Kane County. But he also missed the first month of the season, recovering from a broken hamate bone, and then was out of action from August-on, dealing with groin issues.

Dallas Beeler, RHP — Beeler got off to a fast start in 2013 with Double-A Tennessee, going 4-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 54.2 innings. But in late May, the right-hander tore a tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand, shelving him for the season. The 24-year-old, 6-foot-5 starter is believed to be healthy and will pitch in Arizona to make up for a lost season.

Kris Bryant, 3B — Bryant was as advertised at the plate this year for the Cubs affiliates. The 2013 first-round pick (and No. 35 prospect in baseball) hit a combined .336/.390/.688 with nine homers and 14 doubles over 36 games with the instructional squad, Short-Season Boise and Daytona. Many eyes will be trained on the 21-year-old this fall.

Lendy Castillo, RHP — Not many players who have a full major league season under their belt play in the AFL. A 2011 Rule 5 pick, the Cubs were forced to put the reliever on their major league roster during the 2012 season or forfeit him back to Philadelphia, his original organization. Castillo spent the majority of 2013 with Kane County before a late-July promotion to Daytona. His 39 walks in 84.1 innings definitely contributed to his lofty 5.87 ERA, but he also fanned 8.1 batters per nine innings and 9.4 per nine in his 20-inning stint with the D-Cubs.

Wes Darvill, IF — The 22-year-old Canadian played all over the diamond for both Kane County and Daytona this season, seeing time at second base, third base, shortstop and left field. Darvill spent the first month of the season with the Cougars before a promotion to the D-Cubs. He hit a combined .267/.339/.380 in 94 games and finished second on the Daytona squad with five triples (seven on the season).

Matt Loosen, RHP — Loosen dominated hitters at High-A Daytona, going 5-2 with 56 strikeouts and a 1.83 ERA in 54.0 innings (including a no-hitter). But he struggled to find that same success in Tennessee. The 24-year-old righty was 3-3 with a 6.14 ERA, though he still managed to fan 60 batters in 66.0 innings. He showed promise late into the season, giving up one earned run in his last three starts combined and striking out 18 batters in 16.1 innings.

Armando Rivero, RHP — Rivero is a bit of a mystery for the Cubs. Signed out of Cuba prior to this season, the 25-year-old right-hander threw just 30.1 innings of full-season minor league ball. In all, he totaled a 4.15 ERA at Kane County, Daytona and Tennessee, and struck out 45. Rivero’s outings could be some of the more closely monitored by the Cubs during play in Arizona.

Jorge Soler, OF — Shin and leg issues kept the 21-year-old Cuban out of action after the High-A Florida State League All-Star Game, but Soler still managed to make an impact. In 55 games, the corner outfielder hit .281/.343/.467 with eight homers and 13 doubles in 210 at-bats. Baseball’s No. 25 prospect will hopefully rack up some innings and plate appearances to get back on track for 2014.

Cubs name Dan Vogelbach, Matt Loosen Minor League Player, Pitcher of the Month

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July Minor League Pitcher of the Month, Matt Loosen. (Photo by Rodger Wood)

Kane County first baseman Dan Vogelbach and right-hander Matt Loosen were named the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for July.

The hard-hitting Vogelbach carried a .330/.417/.500 (AVG/OBP/SLG) slash line with four homers, four doubles and 19 RBI in 94 July at-bats for the Cougars. He’s hitting .290 on the year with 16 homers, good for third in the Midwest League.

The 20-year-old, who was a second-round pick in the 2011 draft, owns a .302 batting average with 44 doubles, three triples, 34 home runs and 136 RBI in 171 career minor league contests.

Loosen, who started the season with Tennessee before a brief demotion to Daytona, was tough to hit in July. The 24-year-old went 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA and 33 strikeouts over six starts last month. On July 8, he recorded the D-Cubs’ first no-hitter in 17 seasons, fanning nine and walking only two. In his last seven starts at Daytona, the right-hander went 5-0 with a 0.60 ERA, allowing just three extra-base hits.

Loosen, who was called back up to Tennessee on July 27, was selected in the 23rd round of the 2010 draft.

Previous 2013 winners:

April- IF Rock Shoulders, LHP Eric Jokisch

May- IF Dustin Geiger, RHP Kyle Hendricks

June- SS Javier Baez, LHP Chris Rusin

Cubs prospect Loosen tosses no-hitter

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(Photo by Rodger Wood)

It wasn’t what you’d call perfect, but Cubs High-A prospect Matt Loosen was nothing short of dominant Monday.

The 24-year-old right-hander tossed 106 pitches for his first career no-hitter, striking out nine and walking just two as Daytona defeated Dunedin.  Loosen improved to 3-2 on the year with a 2.25 ERA for the D-Cubs.

For the complete coverage, check out Sean Kernan of the Daytona Beach News-Journal‘s story.

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