9/19 Extra bases
Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler was assigned to the Cubs instructional league, and not the Arizona Fall League after playing 14 games in the Rookie League and another 20 with Class A Peoria.
“We feel he’s at a point in his development where he needs a lot of instruction,” Theo Epstein said. He hasn’t played a ton of quote-unquote organized baseball. It’s not a question of talent. It’s a good chance to get one on one instruction. There are some small mechanical adjustments we want him to make with his swing with his stride and a little bit of where he starts his hands, loads his hands. Those type of adjustments are better made with the club’s supervision and one-on-one environment.”
Soler batted .338 with Peoria.
* The Cubs are moving their Class A Midwest League team closer to Chicago, agreeing to a new player development contract on Wednesday with Kane County. The Cougars’ ballpark is 45 miles west of Chicago. The Cubs’ Midwest League affiliate had been in Peoria, which was about a three-hour drive.
“I’m a big fan of having as many affiliates as possible close by the home city,” Epstein said. “It creates a lot of efficiencies with rehabs and allows the front office and staff to see the team play a little bit more often. It also gives our players a feel for the market before there’s too much pressure on them. Obviously, it’s good for the affiliate with the link to the home town team.”
The Cubs also announced on Wednesday they have renewed their PDC with Class A Daytona and Class A Boise. All three contracts run through the 2014 season.
* Anthony Rizzo will hold his first “Walk Off for Cancer” on Dec. 9 at Pine Trails Park, Parkland, Fla. It’s the first major event for the newly created Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. For more information, go to www.Rizzo44.com.
* Meet Brett Jackson on Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. CT at the Meijer store, 7111 W. Cermak Road, Berwyn, IL. He’ll only sign photos provided by Meijer, and only for the first 150 people.
— Carrie Muskat