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10/11 AFL update

Albert Almora was 2-for-5 and hit a bases-clearing triple in the ninth to finish with three RBIs in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 8-1 win over Salt River on Thursday night in Arizona Fall League play. Cubs pitching prospect Armando Rivero gave up one hit in one inning in relief. On Friday, the Solar Sox travel to Surprise to play the Peoria Javelinas. The game will be played at Surprise Stadium, starting at 6:35 p.m. MT. You can find box scores and the schedule on http://www.MLBFallBall.com.

10/9 AFL update

Cubs prospects Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant and Wes Darvill combined to go 8-for-14 with 11 RBIs in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 13-3 win over the Glendale Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday. Almora homered on the first pitch he saw leading off the first at HoHoKam Stadium, and finished 4-for-5 with three RBIs. He needed a triple to complete the cycle. Soler hit a three-run double and Bryant hit a three-run homer. Darvill, who is on the taxi squad, hit a two-run homer in his only at-bat.

– Carrie Muskat

10/9 Almora’s 1st inning HR

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(Photo courtesy of Dylan Higgins, Arizona Fall League)

10/9 Good guy

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Cubs prospect Albert Almora signs for fans waiting to get into HoHoKam Park on Wednesday for the Mesa Solar Sox’s Arizona Fall League game.

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

9/24 Extra bases

* With top prospect Javier Baez not playing in the Arizona Fall League, the Cubs have added infielder Wes Darvill to the Mesa Solar Sox roster.

“He’s an interesting player and does a lot of things well on the field and has good instincts,” Theo Epstein said. “It’ll be a nice opportunity for him.”

Darvill, 22, a fifth round pick in 2009, began this season at Class A Kane County, and batted .347 in 15 games before he was promoted to high A Daytona, and hit .253 in 79 games. A left-handed hitter, he played primarily at second base, but also played third and shortstop.

Albert Almora, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, was on the Mesa taxi squad, but now will have the chance to play every day, Epstein said.

The Cubs also pulled Arodys Vizcaino off the AFL roster so he could pitch in instructional league, and were expected to add a pitcher to Mesa.

* Second baseman Darwin Barney did not start Tuesday, but will be back in the lineup on Wednesday in the home finale. Barney was batting .156 in 20 games this month. Could he be worn down?

“You never know,” manager Dale Sveum said. “I don’t know about physically but mentally he’s probably not where he wants to be.”

* The Cubs have four players converting to catcher during instructional league, including Ben Carhart, Gioskar Amaya, Giuseppe Papaccio, and Jordan Hankins. Epstein said the moves were an “experiment” for the quartet. Carhart played first and third with Daytona this season, batting .247, while Amaya played second base for Kane County. Hankins and Pappacio, both infielders, were selected in this year’s Draft in the 11th and 18th rounds, respectively.

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Top Cubs prospects in AFL

Fans who can’t wait to see Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler play for the Cubs will have their chance in October.

Baez, Almora and Bryant, the Cubs’ first-round picks in the last three First-Year Player Drafts, will join Soler on the Mesa Solar Sox roster and participate in the Arizona Fall League, which begins play Oct. 8. Almora, limited to 61 games with Class A Kane County because of injuries, will be on Mesa’s taxi squad, and play Wednesdays and Sundays.

Other Cubs on the Mesa AFL roster include pitchers Dallas Beeler, Matt Loosen, Armando Rivero and Arodys Vizcaino. Beeler, Loosen and Rivero were pitching for Double-A Tennessee, while Vizcaino, acquired from the Braves in July 2012 in the Paul Maholm deal, has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

It’s been a whirlwind summer for Bryant, the second pick overall in the June Draft. The third baseman, who led the country with 31 home runs at San Diego, began the season at short-season Boise, and batted .354 in 18 games with four home runs, eight doubles and 14 RBIs, and was promoted to Class A Daytona, where he was batting .368 in 10 games with three home runs, three doubles and nine RBIs.

“I’m very excited,” Bryant said. “I don’t much about [the AFL]. I’m new to this whole process, but I know there are lot of good players who have gone to the Fall League. I’m excited I get to continue playing baseball. The games will only help me in my development against some very good competition.”

The Cubs project Bryant, Almora, Baez and Soler to be key pieces in the team’s future. Now, they’ll be teammates.

“That’s huge,” Bryant said about being with the other prospects. “To get to play 30 plus games with these guys, it’ll only help us in the future. Hopefully, we can develop chemistry so heading into next year, we can make things easier for ourselves.”

* This will be Baez’s second turn in the AFL. Last year ended early because of a thumb injury that limited him to 14 AFL games. This season, the 20-year-old shortstop has been on fire. He batted .274 in 76 games with 17 home runs, 19 doubles and 57 RBIs at Class A Daytona, and was batting .308 with 18 home runs, 14 doubles and 48 RBIs in 48 games with Double-A Tennessee.

* Almora, 19, an outfielder, was batting .329 in 61 games with Kane County before being sidelined with a groin injury. Soler, 21, the Cuban outfielder who signed a nine-year, $30 million deal in June 2012, was limited to 55 games because of a stress fracture in his left tibia. He batted .281 with eight home runs and 13 doubles with Daytona before he was hurt.

* Beeler made nine starts at Tennessee before being sidelined in late May when he tore a tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand.

* Loosen was 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA in nine starts with Daytona, and 2-3 with a 6.53 ERA in 15 games (13 starts) with Tennessee. On Monday, he gave up three hits over seven shutout innings in a win over Mobile.

* Rivero has pitched in relief, appearing in 18 games at Kane County, Daytona and Tennessee combined. The Cuban right-hander has given up 13 earned runs over 27 2/3 innings and struck out 43.

“We’re taking pride in what we’ve done,” said player development and scouting director Jason McLeod. “There’s a lot to be excited about, though it’s in Daytona and in Double-A. But we have the opportunity to get some [impact players] to the big leagues, guys with stuff and tools.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Baez, Almora, Bryant to play in AFL

Javier Baez, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ first-round picks in the last three First-Year Player Drafts, will both participate in the Arizona Fall League, which begins play Oct. 8. Almora will be on Mesa’s taxi squad, and play Wednesdays and Sundays. Other Cubs on the Mesa AFL roster include pitchers Dallas Beeler, Matt Loosen, Armando Rivero and Arodys Vizcaino.

“It’s really exciting for us,” said Jason McLeod, Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development. “Javier has had a great year, and he didn’t get to play as much last year in the AFL because of the injury. Kris is ready to be pushed. Soler was going to go [to make up for lost time]. Albert missed time, so he’ll go to instructs and then the taxi squad, which will be good for him.”

This will be Baez’s second turn in the AFL. Last year ended early because of an injury. This season, the shortstop batted .274 in 76 games with 17 home runs, 19 doubles and 57 RBIs at Class A Daytona, and was batting .308 with 18 home runs, 14 doubles and 48 RBIs in 48 games with Double-A Tennessee.

8/26 AFL rosters

The Arizona Fall League will release the rosters for the 2013 season, and the Cubs will have some star players on the Mesa squad. Jorge Soler, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant are all expected to participate in the AFL, which begins Oct. 8. Soler and Almora have missed time this season because of injuries, so the extra at-bats will benefit them.

8/9 Soler, Almora and more

* Jorge Soler, sidelined with a stress fracture in his left tibia, was to be examined on Monday in Chicago to gauge the progress the outfielder is making. Soler, who was playing for Class A Daytona, was injured in late June, and expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. The Cubs were hopeful he could return to action this season. Soler could play in the Arizona Fall League, which begins in early October. Soler, 21, was batting .281 with eight home runs, 13 doubles, one triple and 35 RBIs in 55 games with Daytona. He apparently fouled a ball off his left shin in Spring Training, and the injury flared up before the Florida State League All-Star Game.

* Albert Almora, the Cubs’ first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, also was on the disabled list with a groin injury, and GM Jed Hoyer said Friday the outfielder could be sidelined 10 days to two weeks. Almora is another candidate for the AFL.

* Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick this year in the Draft, has been impressive at short-season Boise, and Hoyer said they will discuss a possible promotion. The third baseman would likely be bumped up to Class A Kane County next.

“He’s played really well over the last couple weeks,” Hoyer said. “It’s to be expected that he would get off to a slow start. He hadn’t played since the end of May. [A promotion] is something we’ll be discussing over the next week or so.”

* On Thursday, Kyle Hendricks made a good impression in his first start with Triple-A Iowa, giving up one unearned run over seven innings, striking out five and walking one.

“He has a sub 2.00 ERA in Double-A and to go up and throw seven innings and no earned runs in Triple A, it shows you the value of command,” Hoyer said. “It’s nothing spectacular, mostly fastball, changeup, but he locates everything down and to both sides of the plate. He’s had a terrific year. You could make a strong argument that he’s been the best [Cubs' Minor League] pitcher this year.”

It’s unlikely the Cubs would promote Hendricks to the big league club when rosters expand in September because they want to watch the innings count.

– Carrie Muskat

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