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11/8 AFL update

Jorge Soler was 1-for-5 and scored a run in Mesa’s 6-1 victory over Surprise on Friday in Arizona Fall League play. Kris Bryant also started and was hitless in three at-bats, but drew two walks, and Albert Almora was 1-for-4 with a run scored. On Saturday, the same teams meet in Surprise. The Arizona Fall League wraps up its season next week.

11/8 AFL and winter ball

Arizona Fall League

* Albert Almora was 2-for-5 with one RBI in Mesa’s 5-4, 11-inning loss to Glendale on Thursday in Arizona Fall League play. Travis Mattair hit a walkoff RBI single off Cubs prospect Matt Loosen with one out in the 11th. On Friday, Mesa plays host to Surprise at HoHoKam Stadium.

Winter ball

* Junior Lake was 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and one RBIs for Estrellas which lost 8-4 to Aguilas on Thursday in the Dominican Winter League. Former Cubs outfielder Felix Pie homered with one out in the fourth, and Lake followed with his first home run.

* Daniel Bard is pitching in Puerto Rico this winter, and had a rough outing in his first appearance on Tuesday. The right-hander hit three batters, walked another and threw a wild pitch. Two runs scored off Bard, who failed to retire a batter.

– Carrie Muskat

11/6 AFL update

Albert Almora was 1-for-4 but five errors by the Mesa Solar Sox led to an 8-0 loss to Salt River on Tuesday night in Arizona Fall League play. Cubs prospect Dallas Beeler started, and was charged with seven runs, none earned, in 2 2/3 innings. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out one. On Wednesday, Mesa plays host to Glendale at HoHoKam Stadium. Kris Bryant continues to rank among the AFL leaders with a .375 batting average, six home runs and 17 RBIs.

11/4 Extra bases – UPDATED

* To no one’s surprise, the Cubs did not make qualifying offers to their four free agents Monday. Now, the team has to decide whether to try to re-sign Scott Baker, Kevin Gregg, Matt Guerrier and Dioner Navarro.

Baker, 32, spent all of the 2013 season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, but when he signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Cubs last November, the team held a news conference at Wrigley Field and made it clear the right-hander was the type of pitcher they’d like to have in the rotation.

Guerrier, 35, was acquired from the Dodgers in the Carlos Marmol deal, and the right-hander’s season ended Aug. 8 after 15 games with Chicago because of right elbow soreness. He could sign a Minor League deal, and compete for a spot in the bullpen.

Gregg, 35, saved the Cubs, who were scrambling to find a closer when Marmol struggled and Kyuji Fujikawa was injured. Gregg posted his third season of at least 30 saves, yet the year ended on an ugly note after some miscommunication about the right-hander’s role and the Cubs’ desire to look at Pedro Strop in the closer role.

Navarro, 29, was probably the only backup catcher to hit fourth in the Major Leagues. He batted .300 with a career-high 13 home runs, and filled the No. 4 spot in the batting order after Alfonso Soriano was traded. Navarro accepted his role but may try to lobby for more playing time. The Cubs are commited to Welington Castillo as their regular catcher.

* Junior Lake hit a game-winning RBI single in the 10th Sunday night to lift Estrellas to victory in Winter League play in the Dominican Republic.

* If you missed Jorge Soler, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant on Saturday in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game, you can watch them on Tuesday night when the Mesa Solar Sox’s game will be broadcast on MLB Network at 7 p.m. MT/Arizona time. On Monday, the Solar Sox play host to Salt River at HoHoKam Stadium.

* Several Minor League players will be the first to work out at the Cubs’ new Spring Training facility in Mesa this week. The players were invited to take part in the sessions, conducted by strength and conditioning coach Doug Jarrow.

* Congrats to David DeJesus, who signed a two-year contract with the Rays with an option for a third year on Monday.

– Carrie Muskat

11/3 AFL update

Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler each got a hit, but Bryant also made two errors in the East’s 9-2 loss to the West in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game, played Saturday in Surprise. Bryant and Soler were starters for the East, and Bryant played the entire game at third. Albert Almora entered as a sub in right.

Bryant’s first error in the third inning led to a run. In an interview in October, he said he doesn’t do well in debuts. An example is his first game with Boise when he struck out five times.

“You really try to avoid the really bad games like that,” he said about the five K game. “It happens. It all comes back to confidence and me having confidence in myself. When you have a game like that, you put it behind you and realize that day, the pitcher was better than you. I’ll get him sometimes, and he’ll get me sometimes.”

Hopefully, that means Bryant’s next All-Star Game will be much better.

After an off day Sunday, Bryant, Soler, Almora and the other Cubs prospects get back to work on Monday when the Mesa Solar Sox play host to Salt River at HoHoKam Stadium. On Tuesday, Mesa travels to Salt River, and that game will be aired on MLB Network at 7 p.m. Arizona time.

– Carrie Muskat

11/1 AFL update

Albert Almora was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple but it wasn’t enough as Mesa lost 5-4 to Peoria on Friday in AZ Fall League play. Lendy Castillo threw one inning in relief. On Saturday, Almora, Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant will play in the Fall Stars Game in Surprise, starting at 5 p.m. Arizona time/7 p.m. Chicago time. The game will be broadcast on MLB Network.

11/1 AFL update

Jorge Soler hit a RBI single in a three-run sixth, driving in Kris Bryant, to help Mesa beat Scottsdale, 7-3, in Arizona Fall League play on Thursday. Bryant started at third and scored two runs and Albert Almora was 0-for-4. Cubs prospect Armando Rivero struck out two of the three batters he faced in one inning in relief. On Friday, Mesa plays host to Peoria at HoHoKam Stadium. On Saturday, Soler, Bryant and Almora will take part in the AFL Fall Stars game in Surprise. The game will be broadcast on MLB Network, starting at 5 p.m. Arizona time.

10/30 AFL update

Kris Bryant hit his league-leading sixth home run but it wasn’t enough as the Mesa Solar Sox lost, 7-3, to Salt River on Tuesday night in Arizona Fall League play. Bryant hit a solo shot in the eighth. Albert Almora went 1-for-4 and Jorge Soler was 0-for-4 in the game. Bryant now is batting .400. Cubs pitching prospects Matt Loosen and Lendy Castillo also appeared in the game. Loosen gave up one hit and struck out three in two innings and Castillo walked three and gave up one run over one-third of an inning. On Wednesday, the Solar Sox travel to Scottsdale for a 12:35 p.m. MT game. Bryant, Almora and Soler will play Saturday in the Fall Stars Game in Surprise.

10/28 Bryant, Almora & Soler named Fall Stars

Kris Bryant, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler were chosen to the East Division team for the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars game, to be played Saturday at Surprise Stadium.

Bryant hit his fifth home run of the AFL season on Monday, a two-run shot with two outs in the eighth, in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 3-2 loss to Salt River. He was batting .422 and led the league in doubles (six) and RBIs (16). The third baseman was the Cubs’ first pick in the June First-Year Player Draft and second player taken overall. Almora, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in 2012, was batting .297 while Soler, who left Cuba and signed with the Cubs, was hitting .300.

Bryant, ranked No. 35 on MLB.com’s top 100 prospect list, is one of four players selected in last June’s Draft who iss playing in the AFL this year. Almora is ranked No. 21 and Soler is No. 25. Almora was limited to 61 games at Class A Kane County because of a groin injury; Soler missed most of the season with a stress fracture in his left leg.

This is the eighth annual Fall Stars Game, and will begin at 7 p.m. CT and broadcast on MLB Network.

– Carrie Muskat

10/23 AFL update – Wednesday’s game

The Mesa Solar Sox lost, 2-1, in 10 innings Wednesday to Scottsdale Scorpions in Arizona Fall League play. Kris Bryant was the only Cubs prospect who started for Mesa, and was 1-for-5 with a double. Albert Almora entered the game defensively in right. On Thursday, the Solar Sox play host to the Scorpions at HoHoKam Stadium.

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