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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.

10/23 Bryant & AFL update

Kris Bryant was 2-for-4 and Albert Almora drove in a run for the Mesa Solar Sox in a 4-2 loss to Surprise Saguaros on Tuesday in Arizona Fall League play. Bryant is leading the AFL with a .438 average. On Wednesday, Mesa travels to Scottsdale Stadium for a game against the Scorpions.

Bryant also leads the AFL in home runs (four), runs (10), RBIs (13), and slugging (.906). Going from short-season Boise to the AFL is a big jump — most of the players in the Fall League are the team’s top prospects — but Bryant, 21, feels he’s ready. He’s paced himself well. The Blue Jays drafted him in the 18th round in 2010 but he opted to go to the University of San Diego instead of turning pro. This past college season, he led the nation with 31 home runs. The Cubs selected him in the first round of the Draft.

You can’t miss Bryant at the plate. He has a wide stance that seems to stretch beyond the batter’s box. He used to stand more upright but 10 games into his sophomore season in college, a hitting coach suggested he make a change.

“If I widened out and squatted down, the low pitch was easier to hit and my head stays still,” Bryant said. “It’s really been working for me. I know there are some people who think I could do things differently and I’m open to whatever anybody has to say to me. I’ve been doing it this way for a while and I feel comfortable.”

One of Bryant’s best characteristics is his willingness to learn. Many of the Cubs’ Minor League coaching staff described him as a “sponge,” eager to listen and learn.

“Getting to know Kris in the short period of time [he's been with the Cubs], he’s going to make adjustments when he feels things aren’t right or he feels he needs to make some type of physical adjustment,” said Anthony Iapoce, the Cubs’ Minor League hitting coordinator. “He’ll start making those on his own, or he’ll come and question, and say, ‘Hey, I want to do this.’ He won’t sit there and keep making outs. He’s going to find a way to adjust, or he wouldn’t be the second pick in the Draft.”

The question most Cubs fans now have is when Bryant will be in the big leagues. Will he be in the 2014 Opening Day lineup?

“I can’t say that,” Bryant said. “I would love to, but it depends on how I play, and that’s what it goes back to. I’m just going to play as hard as I can. If I’m doing well, things will take care of themselves.”

(For more on Bryant, check out my story on Cubs.com, which will be posted later today)

– Carrie Muskat

10/20 AFL update

Sunday is an off day for the Arizona Fall League, but games will resume on Monday. The Mesa Solar Sox play host to Surprise at HoHoKam Park at 12:35 p.m. MT. Cubs prospect Kris Bryant is batting .423 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in six AFL games with the Solar Sox so far, while teammate Albert Almora is batting .417 with one home run, four doubles and eight RBIs in five games. Wes Darvill is 3-for-12 in four games, while Jorge Soler is batting .229 (8-for-35) with five RBIs in seven games.

Among the Cubs pitching prospects on the Solar Sox, Dallas Beeler has made two starts, and given up four earned runs over six innings, whlie Matt Loosen has appeared in three games and served up two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. Lendy Castillo has given up one earned run over four innings in four games, and Armando Rivero has given up two earned runs over four innings in four games.

10/16 AFL update

Albert Almora was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 7-4 victory over Scottsdale on Tuesday in Arizona Fall League play. Almora, who hit a two-run double in the third, was batting .571, tops in the AFL. Jorge Soler was 1-for-5 with a single and Cuban pitcher Armando Rivero, another Cubs prospect, gave up one run on two hits over one inning in relief. On Wednesday, Mesa faces the Peoria Javelinas in Surprise.

On Tuesday, Cubs prospect Kris Bryant was named co-player of the week in the AFL.

10/12 AFL update

Kris Bryant hit a two-out RBI single in the first, driving in Jorge Soler, who had reached on an error, and a solo home run in the seventh to lift the Mesa Solar Sox to a 7-3 victory Friday night over the Peoria Javelinas in Surprise. Bryant was 2-for-5, and is 7-for-14 in three games in the Arizona Fall League with two home runs. Soler was 1-for-5 and scored two runs, and Wes Darvill added a RBI single in the third. Dallas Beeler started, and gave up one run on three hits over three innings. Lendy Castillo gave up one run on one hit and two walks in one inning in relief.

On Saturday, all teams are off as a hitting competition is held at Talking Stick at Salt River. The Cubs’ Albert Almora, who is 6-for-10 in two games, will take part. Almora has hit for the cycle in his first two games with Mesa. The Solar Sox — or Soler Sox if you prefer — resume play on Monday, traveling to Scottsdale for a 6:35 p.m. MT game against the Scorpions.

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