10/10 Cubs minor matters
After the first week of Arizona Fall League play, Cubs prospect Josh Vitters is batting .381 (8-for-21) with two homers and eight RBIs in five games with the Mesa Solar Sox. DJ LeMahieu is hitting .200 in five games, while Junior Lake is hitting .267 in four. On Monday, Mesa travels to Scottsdale for a night game against the Scorpions, and will play day games at HoHoKam Park Tuesday and Wednesday.
* White Sox Minor League manager Joe McEwing is managing the Mesa Solar Sox in the AFL, which means his “home” park is the Cubs’ Spring Training headquarters. He’s heard from a few Cubs fans who aren’t real pleased about having someone who represents the South Side as the skipper.
“Someone told me to put in another pitcher — anybody but a White Sox pitcher,” McEwing said.
* Baseball American ranked Cubs prospect Brett Jackson as the eighth-best prospect in the Pacific Coast League. According to BA: “Jackson is a quality athlete who does a little bit of everything. He has a quick bat, solid power and a knack for driving the ball in the gaps. He’s patient enough to draw walks, though he tends to expand his strike zone against left-handers, and some PCL observers considered his swing too mechanical.”
The report says: “Jackson has plus speed and shows aptitude on the bases. He also gets good jumps and tracks balls well in the outfield with enough range to play center. He has average arm strength and makes accurate throws.”
— Carrie Muskat