10/6 Extra bases

* Several members of the Cubs’ front office, including Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer, will be in Arizona this week to watch some of the young prospects play in the Arizona Fall League and the instructional league games. The AFL begins Tuesday with the Mesa Solar Sox — or “Soler Sox,” as in Jorge Soler — traveling to Glendale to play the Desert Dogs. Cubs prospects playing for Mesa include Soler, Albert Almora, Kris Bryant, Wes Darvill, Matt Loosen, Dallas Beeler, Lendy Castillo and Armando Rivera.

* Arodys Vizcaino, acquired from the Braves in July 2012 in the Paul Maholm trade, has been rehabbing in Mesa, and was scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Tuesday, then pitch in instructional league games Oct. 15 and Oct. 18. The right-hander will likely see some action in Winter League play as well.

* Mike Olt, acquired from the Rangers in the Matt Garza deal this year, got some extra swings in at the Cubs complex this past week.

* There’s been a lot of progress made at the Cubs’ new Spring Training complex in west Mesa. It’s nice to see the stadium taking shape, palm trees planted and water in the little lake. The Cubs will leave their Fitch Park facility in November.

— Carrie Muskat


The Solar Sox are playing in Surprize Friday night at 6:30, according to the Schedule. Anyone know the name of the Ballpark? Think I will go to that one, if I can find some info.

sounds like a great stadium,maybe we can get some more info of place hotels etc

johnny yuma, I looked up the Solar Sox schedule; all I found was a list of dates when & where they were playing. Does not list the opponents, does not list the name of the stadiums. Very hard to tell if they want fans to attend or not?

Go to http://www.MLBFallBall.com for info. The stadium in Surprise is, surprise, called Surprise Stadium. It’s off Bell Road, if that helps.

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Carrie, where do you think Olt ranks in the expanding field of third basemen?

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