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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

8/7 Almora to DL

The Cubs’ 2012 first-round pick Albert Almora has been placed on Kane County’s seven-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 5, because of a groin injury. Catcher Neftali Rosario has been activated from the disabled list. Almora has played in 61 games with Kane County since joining the team May 21. He leads the team with a .376 on-base percentage and .329 batting average, and has hit three home runs with 23 RBIs. The Cougars are currently carrying three outfielders (Jose Dore, Reggie Golden and Oliver Zapata) although Willson Contreras, while primarily used as a catcher this season, was in right field on Sunday and played 16 games as an outfielder last season with Short-A Boise.

8/6 Minor matters – UPDATED

Injury updates:

* Albert Almora is sidelined with a slight groin strain. It will likely be a few days before he’s back in Kane County’s lineup.

* Iowa has placed right-handed pitcher Barret Loux on the disabled list while catcher Cael Brockmeyer joined the team from Boise. Loux is sidelined with a right shoulder strain. This is his third trip to the DL this season, but his first with an arm issue. His two earlier stints were because of a sprained ankle. Loux is 4-6 with a 4.84 ERA (43ER/80 IP) in 19 games (16 starts) with Iowa.

The I-Cubs added Brockmeyer after catcher Luis Flores had to leave Monday’s game after the fifth inning because of a concussion. He was struck on the back of the helmet and mask on the follow through of a swing. Flores was batting .197 (31-for-157) with eight doubles, four home runs, and 14 RBI in 49 games with Iowa. The Cubs drafted Brockmeyer in the 16th round of the June draft out of Cal State-Bakersfield. He was batting .309 (25-for-81) with four doubles, a triple, 12 RBI, and 17 runs scored in 26 games with Boise. He was scheduled to start Tuesday.

Monday’s games

Brandon Bantz hit a walkoff homer with one out in the ninth off Casey Coleman to give Tacoma a 6-5 win over Iowa. Darnell McDonald was 4-for-5 with a home run, and Brad Nelson hit his 16th homer of the season. Justin Grimm gave up eight hits over six innings. Daniel Lockhart posted his second straight multi-hit game, and stole a base.

Mat Loosen gave up five runs over three innings in Tennessee’s 6-4 loss to Jacksonville. Javier Baez had two hits, his third straight multi-hit game, plus one RBI and he stole a base.

Daytona’s doubleheader against Bradenton was cancelled because of rain for the third straight day. Daytona has lost 10 games to weather this season. Tuesday is an off day. No word yet on when Scott Baker will make his next rehab start for the team.

Jeimer Candelario hit a first-inning home run but it wasn’t enough as Kane County lost, 12-4, to Clinton. Felix Pena gave up eight runs over six innings.

Eight Boise Hawks players were named to the roster for the Northwest League All-Star Game at Everett Memorial Stadium. First pitch is 8:05 MDT. Pitchers Tyler Bremer and James Pugliese, catcher Lance Rymel, infielders David Bote, Daniel Lockhart and Jacob Rogers, and outfielders Yasiel Balaguert and Shawon Dunston Jr. were named to the South Division squad. Boise’s skipper, Gary Van Tol, will manage the South against the North. Lockhart will miss the game because he is now on Triple-A Iowa’s roster.

Francisco Sanchez and Charcer Burks each had two hits in Mesa’s 4-3 win over the Indians. Kelvin Freeman had two RBIs.

8/3 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Friday’s games

Ty Wright hit two home runs but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost its eighth straight game, losing 5-4 to Salt Lake. Nick Struck gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings. Wright finished with four RBIs.

Eduardo Figueroa gave up one run over five innings in Tennessee’s 1-0 loss to Jacksonville. Christian Villanueva, Rubi Silva and Matt Szczur each had two hits.

Corey Black gave up four runs over four innings in Daytona’s 9-7 win over Bradenton. Black was acquired from the Yankees in the Alfonso Soriano deal, and this was his Cubs debut. He struck out eight and walked three, giving up three hits. Chad Krist had three hits, all doubles, and Zeke DeVoss had three hits and two RBIs.

Albert Almora had three hits in Kane County’s 7-4 loss to Wisconsin. Rock Shoulders drove in three runs. Michael Heesch gave up five runs over six innings and took the loss.

Boise’s game against Everett was postponed because of rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday.

Erick Leal gave up two runs over five innings in Mesa’s 6-4 win over the Giants. Leal struck out eight.

7/26 Minor matters

Thursday’s games

Jake Arrieta gave up one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight, in Iowa’s 4-3 win over New Orleans. Josh Vitters was 1-for-2 with one RBI, but had to come out of the game with a hamstring injury. Arrieta was expected to start one of the Cubs’ games Tuesday when they play a makeup doubleheader against the Brewers. Justin Grimm makes his first start for the Iowa Cubs on Friday against Oklahoma City.

Javier Baez hit two home runs, and Rubi Silva and Justin Bour each hit one in Tennessee’s 10-5 win over Huntsville. Baez drove in four runs and now is batting .229. Marcos Mateo picked up the win in relief.

Ivan Pineyro gave up five runs over six innings in Daytona’s 6-5 win over Palm Beach. Ben Carhart had two hits and two RBIs, and Chad Krist had two hits and one RBIs.

Wilson Contreras and Rock Shoulders each homered to help Kane County beat Beloit, 11-8. Albert Almora had four hits, including two doubles, Shoulders finished with three hits and three RBIs and Contreras and Marco Hernandez each had four hits.

Boise lost, 5-4, to Eugene. Yasiel Balaguert had two hits and one RBIs, and Jacob Hannemann drove in two runs. On Wednesday, six Hawks were named to the South Division All-Star team: Lance Rymel, Jacob Rogers, Daniel Lockhart, and Balaguert will start, while Shawn Dunston, David Bote, James Pugliese and Tyler Bremer were voted in as reserves.

Jesse Hodges hit his first home run, a two-run shot, in Mesa’s 7-3 loss to the Athletics. Brett Jackson, who has been sidelined since mid June with a calf injury, started in center field, and was 1-for-4 in his first game.

7/16 Minor matters

Iowa reached the All-Star break with a 48-50 record, and is tied for first in the PCL Northern Division.

Tennessee reached the All-Star break with a 16-8 second half record, and is in first place in the Southern League North Division.

Zeke DeVoss hit his fifth home run in Daytona’s 8-4 loss to Jupiter. Zach Cates took the loss, giving up four earned runs over five innings.

Gioskar Amaya had three hits and one RBI in Kane County’s 7-4 win over West Michigan. Albert Almora had two hits, and Daniel Vogelbach and Wilson Contreras each had three hits.

Duane Underwood gave up one run on eight hits over five innings in Boise’s 7-4 win over Hillsboro. Justin Marra and Jose Dore each homered forthe Hawks.

Alberto Mineo had two hits in Mesa’s 8-4 loss to the Athletics. Charcer Burks posted his first pro multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with one RBI.

7/12 Minor matters

Thursday’s games

Barret Loux gave up four runs over 4 1/3 innings in Iowa’s 4-1 loss to Albuquerque. Brad Nelson tripled and scored the only run.

Alberto Cabrera gave up one run over seven innings in Tennessee’s 4-1 win over Jackson. Arismendy Alcantara, who will play in the All-Star Futures Game, had three hits, two RBIs and stole a base. Cabrera retired the first 13 batters he faced.

Pierce Johnson gave up one run over six innings in Daytona’s 2-1 win over Lakeland. Taylor Davis had two hits.

Albert Almora had two hits to extend his hit streak to five games in Kane County’s 6-1 loss to South Bend. Jeimer Candelario had two hits and Dan Vogelbach drove in his 57th run.

Trevor Gretzky had two hits, including a double, in Boise’s 4-0 loss to Vancouver. Rob Zastryzny gave up one hit and struck out one in one inning.

Juan Paniagua threw three shutout innings in Mesa’s 6-2 win over the Padres. Zak Blair had three hits.

7/7 Extra bases

* Alfonso Soriano will likely have one more game as the designated hitter on Monday when the Cubs finish their crosstown Interleague series against the White Sox with a makeup game at U.S. Cellular Field. Soriano was batting .353 with three doubles, five homers, 13 RBIs and a 1.235 OPS in his last eight games since June 28. He pickedu up his 32nd career multi-homer game on Saturday, which is tied for eighth-most in baseball with Manny Ramirez and Andruw Jones. Jim Thome is seventh on the list with 33 multi-homer efforts.

“The one thing you notice is he’s hitting the fastball,” Dale Sveum said of Soriano. “When you have the confidence when you’re hitting fastballs and you lay off hitting breaking balls, or whatever it might be, and the bat speed is there, and you feel that good, you start doing a lot of good things because you’re laying off a lot of bad pitches.”

Soriano, 37, is 8-for-17 (.471) in four games this year as the designated hitter with two home runs and six RBIs. He has a career .379 average in 26 games as the DH.

* Starlin Castro has scuffled this season at the plate, including a .167 June, and Sveum said they’ve shown their support by letting the shortstop play.

“Part of it is putting him in the lineup every day, that’s the confidence you have in guys like that,” Sveum said Sunday. “Just put him in there, and it’s up to him to come out of it and start swinging the bat and start playing better.”

Castro began this season with a career .297 average in the big leagues. A two-time All-Star, he entered Sunday’s game batting .234.

“I haven’t seen him hanging his head or losing his confidence,” Sveum said.

* Third baseman Luis Valbuena has played better than his stats.

“On a whole, from last year to this year, he’s been so consistent, even though you’re not seeing a .300 batting average,” Sveum said of Valbuena, who was batting .247. “The on-base percentage and the walks seem to always be there on a consistent basis and the defense he’s played has been as good as anybody at third base.”

* Javier Baez, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick in 2011, made quite an impression in his Double-A Tennessee debut Saturday, hitting a home run in his first at-bat on his first swing.

“It’s always nice for anybody to go to another league and your first swing is a home run,” Sveum said. “This guy still has to develop. It’s not just home runs we’re talking about, it’s getting ready and getting completely developed to play at this level.”

Baez led the Florida State League with 17 home runs while at Class A Daytona before he was promoted.

Meanwhile, Albert Almora, the Cubs’ 2012 top Draft pick had to leave Saturday’s game with Class A Kane County because of hemorrhoids. Almora was listed as day to day.

— Carrie Muskat


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