11/16 Extra bases – UPDATED

AFL Championship

The Mesa Solar Sox face the Surprise Saguaros on Saturday in the Arizona Fall League championship game. Cubs prospect Dallas Beeler is scheduled to start for Mesa, and Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora could be in the lineup. The game will be televised on MLB Network, starting at 2 p.m. CT. Bryant leads the AFL with six home runs and a 1.184 OPS.

“Anytime you play baseball, you want to be the last one on the field,” Bryant said. “A lot of us are swinging the bats well and our pitchers are throwing strikes. We’re pretty confident going into Saturday.”

Radio update

The Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) reports Ron Coomer is being considered as WGN Radio’s new color man. Coomer played for the Cubs in 2001 and has done TV work for the Twins. Coomer knows Chicago — he’s a graduate of Lockport High School and has a baseball academy in the south suburbs. WGN Radio is looking for someone to partner with play by play man Pat Hughes after Keith Moreland announced he was not coming back for the 2014 season.

Winter League

Arismendy Alcantara had two hits, including a RBI single in the fifth, in Licey’s 6-2 victory over Oriente in Dominican Winter League play. Junior Lake was 2-for-4 for Oriente.

Luis Valbuena had his second straight two-hit game for Cardenales de Lara in Venezuela, which lost, 13-12, in 13 innings to La Guaira. Valbuena started at second base for the second consecutive game.

Roster moves

Infielder Walter Ibarra, who has been in the Yankees system since 2006, has signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs. Ibarra, 26, reached Triple-A level this season. He posted a .276/.308/.367 line combined at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He’s primarily played short and second.

The Cubs also have signed outfielder Aaron Cunningham, 27, to a Minor League contract. A sixth-round pick in 2005 by the White Sox, Cunningham has played 222 games over five seasons with the Athletics, Padres and Indians. He spent last season at Triple-A Round Rock, and posted a .247/.337/.401 line in 115 games there with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs.

The Cubs have signed free agent catcher Eli Whiteside, 34, to a Minor League contract, according to MLB.com transactions page. He spent most of last season with the Rangers’ Triple-A team, batting .187 in 67 games. He last appeared in the Majors with the Giants in 2012.

Also, infielder Jeudy Valdez, 24, has reportedly signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs, although he did not receive a Spring Training invite. He posted a .251/.300/.406 slash line in 125 games with San Antonio last season, hitting 10 home runs and driving in 49 runs with 16 steals.

Rick Renteria

Check out MLB.com’s Corey Brock’s story on Rick Renteria and how he was able to get the Cubs manager’s job wearing sweatpants. It’s on Cubs.com and a great read.

– Carrie Muskat

3 Comments

Should be a fun game today. I was looking at the Fall League STATS on Thursday, and if not mistaken, Beeler pitched on Wednesday?
He won his 4th game, 2nd in the league to team mate Sorio. Its nice to see Beeler pitching in a Championship game, but on 3 days rest? Please tell if I’m wrong?

On the signing of Ibarra, Cunningham, Valdez and Canela; are these guys being signed just to fill in holes at different Minor League levels?
I mean there is always the chance they wake up one day & just get it, then go on to a decent career. But I look at Ibarra’s K total. I see Cunningham’s AVG, decent OBP, but??
Valdez??
Canela is interesting, has to be a story here? Drafted by the Tigers, chose to go to school. Dropped out of school?? Then signed by the Cubs as a FA out of an Independent league. Great numbers at that level, with the exception of throwing out base runners.
Announcers, there has never been a more informative announcer than Steve Stone. While doing his job, he actually taught the game. He is my all time favorite Cub announcer, not bringing him back is a darn shame. He even had good humor. Anybody else, is just,( whatever ) in my opinion.

I believe I recall seeing Coomer play at the AAA level. I recollect he was noted for delivering the long ball; i.e. he often went yard. He was one of those guys who excelled at the highest minor league level, but flopped when it came to the bigs. Those dudes are (were) a dime a dozen. Please correct myself if I`m mistaken ; i.e. if Coomer was not a power guy and instead was a punch and judy hitter and I have him confused with someone else.

As you were, Coomer played nine years in majors; he is not the same guy I thought he was. He must have had game to last that long.

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