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10/19 AFL update – Saturday’s game

Bijan Rademacher had two hits, including a RBI single in the second inning, while Addison Russell and Dan Vogelbach scored two runs each in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 8-4 win Saturday over Salt River Rafters. There are no games Sunday. Arizona Fall League play resumes Monday with the Solar Sox facing the Scottsdale Scorpions at Scottsdale Stadium. You can follow the AFL on their website.

10/17 AFL update – Thursday’s game

Dan Vogelbach went 2-for-4 with one RBI and Addison Russell had a hit and scored two runs in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 6-2 win over the Peoria Javelinas Thursday in Arizona Fall League play. Vogelbach doubled in the fourth, driving in Russell, for the Solar Sox’s first run.

Vogelbach admitted he was pressing at the start of the AFL season.

“Early on, I was trying to do too much and not swinging at good pitches,” he said. “A combination of that and pitchers here being as good as they are, it’s not going to work.”

Vogelbach and Russell know each other well, having played on a travel team while in high school in Florida.

“He’s fun to watch and it’s even better when you’re on his team,” Vogelbach said of Russell. “He has the ‘it’ factor that they talk about. He takes good at-bats all the time. When he hits the ball, it’s loud. I’m not a pitcher, but I think I speak for them that he’s a guy you want at shortstop or second base.”

Ivan Pineyro, who pitched for Double-A Tennessee this past season, started and threw three scoreless innings, giving up four hits and striking out three. Zach Cates threw two scoreless innings in relief. On Friday, the Solar Sox play host to the Surprise Saguaros at Cubs Park in Mesa.

10/16 AFL update – Wednesday’s game

Addison Russell hit a RBI double and C.J. Edwards threw three scoreless innings in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 5-2 win over Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday. Bijan Rademacher had two hits for Mesa. Edwards gave up one hit, walked one and struck out three in his second AFL start.

“It was pretty good,” Edwards said of his outing. “I went in today just focused on throwing strikes, trying to get ahead and stay ahead.”

The Solar Sox play host to the Javelinas on Thursday at Cubs Park in Mesa. First pitch was scheduled for 6:35 p.m. MT.

10/15 AFL update – Tuesday’s game

Addison Russell scored two runs but it wasn’t enough as the Scottsdale Scorpions beat the Mesa Solar Sox, 10-7, in Arizona Fall League play Tuesday. Gerardo Concepcion gave up three runs on one hit — a home run — and two walks over 1 2/3 innings. The Solar Sox travel to Surprise Stadium Wednesday to face the Peoria Javelinas. C.J. Edwards is scheduled to make his second AFL start for Mesa.

10/14 AFL update – Monday’s game

Addison Russell was 1-for-3 and Dan Vogelbach and Jacob Hannemann a combined 0-for-8 in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 2-1 loss to Scottsdale Scorpions on Monday in Arizona Fall League play. The Solar Sox are 1-4 so far in AFL play, and face the Scorpions Tuesday in Mesa.

10/8 AFL update

The Mesa Solar Sox lost their Arizona Fall League opener, 9-3, to Glendale on Tuesday. Cubs prospect Addison Russell started as the DH and went 1-for-4 with a two-run single. Cubs prospects Dan Vogelbach and Jacob Hannemann also got in the game, but both were hitless.

On Wednesday, rain interrupted the AFL schedule and canceled a meeting between the two teams in Mesa. The Solar Sox next game will be Thursday night at Cubs Park. Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards, who was scheduled to start Thursday, now is slated to go Friday when the Solar Sox play host to Surprise at Cubs Park.

For updates, go to the Arizona Fall League website.

10/6 Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League gets underway Tuesday, and Cubs prospects will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox. Their first game will be at Glendale against the Desert Dogs, starting at 12:35 p.m. MT. The Solar Sox will play their home games at Cubs Park in Mesa, and the first one is scheduled for Wednesday at 12:35 p.m. MT. The Cubs prospects on the Solar Sox will be joined by players from the Angels, Athletics, Blue Jays and Nationals.

The Cubs players on the AFL roster include:

RHP Zach Cates: Cates, 24, was a combined 3-2 with a 4.08 ERA in 36 games at Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee this season, striking out 40 over 53 innings. A third-round pick by the Padres in 2010, he was acquired along with Anthony Rizzo in the Andrew Cashner deal.

LHP Gerardo Concepcion: The Cuban pitcher was 4-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 29 games, playing primarily at Class A Kane County. In eight games with Daytona, Concepcion, 22, gave up two earned runs over 15 1/3 innings for a 1.17 ERA, striking out 14.

RHP C.J. Edwards: Edwards, 23, only pitched in 12 games this season because of shoulder problems. He made four starts with Tennessee before he was shut down. In 10 starts total with Tennessee, he gave up 13 earned runs on 30 hits and 21 walks while striking out 46. Teams batted .173 against him. The right-hander was acquired from the Rangers along with Mike Olt, Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez for Matt Garza.

RHP Ivan Pineryo: In 11 games with Tennessee, Pineyro, 23, gave up 30 earned runs over 48 2/3 innings for a 5.55 ERA, striking out 41. He was acquired from the Nationals for Scott Hairston in July 2013.

SS Addison Russell: Acquired from the Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel deal, Russell batted .350 in 68 games last season combined. He was slowed by a hamstring injury at the start of the year. In 50 games at Tennessee, he batted .294 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs.

1B Dan Vogelbach: The left-handed slugger batted .268 with 16 homers and 76 RBIs in 132 games at Daytona last season. The 21-year-old was a second-round pick in 2011.

OF Jacob Hannemann: A left-handed hitter, Hannemann batted .251 combined at Kane County and Daytona, and swiped 37 bases. The 23-year-old was a third-round pick in 2013 out of Brigham Young.

OF Bijan Rademacher: Rademacher, 23, batted .281 at Daytona with 10 homers, 22 doubles, six triples and 56 RBIs in 111 games. He was a 13th round pick in 2012.

– Carrie Muskat

9/22 Russell gets look at Wrigley

It’s been a crazy season for Addison Russell, who was at Wrigley Field on Monday to get a look at his future home ballpark. Russell, 20, was one of three players the Cubs acquired on July 4 from the Athletics in the deal for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The shortstop, ranked No. 5 on MLB.com’s list of top 100 prospects, said he was with Double-A Midland, but not playing when he went into the clubhouse for something to eat. Some of the pitchers told him about the trade.

“This year kind of threw me for a curveball,” Russell said. “I wasn’t expecting any of this to happen. Go back nine weeks, and once I started getting a feel for it back in Double-A with the Texas League teams, then I get traded. It’s all about overcoming the boundaries and that’s what I’ve been doing.”

Russell was slowed at the start of the season with a right hamstring injury, but recovered to bat .333 in 13 games with Midland before he was dealt. In 50 games at Double-A Tennessee with the Cubs, ht batted .294 with 12 home runs, 11 doubles and 36 RBIs. His new Tennessee teammates helped him make the transition.

“They told me to relax,” Russell said. “It was my first time traded. I was trying to take it all in, and they told me to relax.”

Russell already knows some of the Cubs top prospects. He was on the same Arizona Fall League team as Kris Bryant, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler last fall, and will play for the Mesa Solar Sox again when the season begins Oct. 7. Almora sent Russell a text message congratulating him on joining the Cubs after the trade was completed, and Bryant welcomed him on Twitter.

“Once I figured out I was going to be on the Cubs, it was awesome because I could be part of something very special,” Russell said.

He does play shortstop. So does Starlin Castro and Javier Baez, which creates a logjam for the Cubs. Russell said he’ll play wherever the Cubs need him to.

“I’m a person that if you put me in a new environment, I’m going to learn about it,” he said. “They haven’t said anything about me moving, but if that’s the case, so be it.”

Cubs prospects in the Arizona Fall League

Pitchers: Zach Cates, Gerardo Concepcion, C.J. Edwards, Ivan Pineyro
Infielders: Addison Russell, Dan Vogelbach
Outfielders: Jacob Hannemann, Bijan Rademacher

– Carrie Muskat

8/20 Tennessee update

Addison Russell drove in five runs and C.J. Edwards threw five scoreless innings, but it wasn’t enough as Double-A Tennessee lost, 7-6, to Montgomery. Russell, ranked No. 6 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, hit an RBI double in the first inning and hit a grand slam in the seventh. He finished the game 2-for-5 and scored twice.

The grand slam was Russell’s second home run in as many days. Since he was acquired from the A’s in the Jeff Samardzija deal, Russell was hitting .301/.348/.556 with 10 home runs in 39 games.

Edwards, No. 56 on the Top 100, was making his fourth start since returning from a three-month stay on the disabled list. He struck out seven, walked two and held the Biscuits to two hits. He threw 80 pitches and extended his shutout streak to 14 innings. In eight starts for Tennessee this season, Edwards is 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA. The 22-year old has struck out 37 batters and walked 15 in 39 innings.

7/18 Minor League highlights

Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, three of the Cubs’ top prospects, all homered Thursday. Bryant and Baez went deep in Triple-A Iowa’s 7-0 victory at Round Rock, while Russell’s home run helped Double-A Tennessee defeat Huntsville, 4-1.

Baez and Bryant were playing their first game for Iowa in nearly a week after playing against each other in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game and then getting a few days off for the Triple-A All-Star break. The rest didn’t seem to faze them. Baez, ranked No. 6 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games. And he was playing second base, and Iowa manager Marty Pevey said Baez “looked like an All-Star.”

Bryant, No. 8 on the Top 100, finished the game 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two runs. His home run was his 32nd of the season between Tennessee and Iowa, giving him sole possession of first place on the Minor League leaderboard. He had been tied at 31 with Rangers’ No. 2 prospect Joey Gallo.

Russell, No. 11 on the Top 100, went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and an RBI. It was his second home run of the season and first since he was traded to the Cubs as part of the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A’s.

Baez, Bryant and Russell weren’t the only prominent Cubs prospects to homer Thursday. Tennessee outfielder Jorge Soler (No. 6), Class A Advanced Daytona first baseman Dan Vogelbach (No. 12) and Tennessee third baseman Christian Villanueva (No. 13) all hit long balls as well.

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