Results tagged ‘ Arizona Fall League ’

11/16 AFL final

Cubs prospect Dallas Beeler gave up one run on two hits over five innings and struck out five but it wasn’t good enough as Surprise beat Mesa 2-0 to win the Arizona Fall League Championship on Saturday. The only run off Beeler came in the second when Henry Urrutia doubled with two outs and scored on Jorge Alfaro’s single to center. Cubs prospects Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler were a combined 0-for-7 for Mesa, which totaled five hits in the game, played in Scottsdale.

Beeler, 24, was a 41st round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Oral Roberts University. This season, he was 4-2 in nine starts for Double-A Tennessee, compiling a 3.13 ERA, and striking out 35 over 54 2/3 innings while walking 17.

– Carrie Muskat

11/16 Bryant named AFL’s MVP

Cubs prospect Kris Bryant was named the winner of the Arizona Fall League’s 2013 Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award on Saturday.

Bryant, the second overall selection in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, recorded an impressive six weeks in the AFL. He led the league with six home runs, hit .364 to rank fifth, started at third base for the East Division in the Nov. 2 Fall Stars Game, and notched a 20-game on-base streak that equalled the league lead.

In addition to home runs, Bryant also led the AFL in slugging percentage (.727), extra-base hits (15-tie), runs scored (22-tie) and total bases (56-tie). He ranked second in doubles (8), fourth in on-base percentage.

On Oct. 18, Bryant totaled three hits, including two home runs, and drove in four runs. The Las Vegas native has climbed the ladder quickly in the Cubs system. He batted .336 with nine homers and 32 RBIs in 36 games with the rookie-level Cubs in the Arizona League, short-season Class-A Boise and High-A Daytona.

Joe Black MVP Award

In 2002, the AFL created the Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award, named after the former big league pitcher who was the 1952 National League rookie-of-the-year.

Arizona Fall League Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award Recipients

2013 — Kris Bryant (Cubs), 3B, Mesa Solar Sox
2012 — Chris McGuiness (Rangers), 1B, Surprise Saguaros
2011 — Nolan Arenado (Rockies), 3B, Salt River Rafters
2010 — Dustin Ackley (Mariners), 2B, Peoria Javelinas
2009 — Grant Desme (Athletics), OF, Phoenix Desert Dogs
2008 — Tommy Hanson (Braves), RHP, Mesa Solar Sox
2007 — Sam Fuld (Cubs), OF, Mesa Solar Sox
2006 — Chip Cannon (Blue Jays), 1B, Phoenix Desert Dogs
2005 — Eric Duncan (Yankees), 3B, Grand Canyon Rafters
2004 — Chris Shelton (Tigers), DH, Grand Canyon Rafters
2003 — Jason Dubois (Cubs), OF, Mesa Solar Sox
2002 — Ken Harvey (Royals), 1B, Scottsdale Scorpions

11/14 Congrats to Mesa

The Mesa Solar Sox clinched the East Division and reached the Arizona Fall League Championship Game with a 9-3 win Thursday over the Glendale Desert Dogs. Jorge Soler had two hits and Kris Bryant scored three runs for Mesa, which finished 19-11-1. Bryant went 1-for-3 and posted a .364 average. The Solar Sox will play the Surprise Saguaros on Saturday in Scottsdale for the AFL Championship.

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.

11/5 AFL and Winter Leagues

Arizona Fall League

* Jorge Soler hit a go-ahead two-run double in the fifth to help the Mesa Solar Sox beat Salt River 5-4 Monday night in a rain-shortened Arizona Fall League game. Yes, it rains in Arizona. Cubs pitching prospect Matt Loosen picked up the win in relief. On Tuesday, the Solar Sox — or “Soler Sox” — play at Salt River, and that game will be broadcast on MLB Network at 7 p.m. Arizona time.

Winter Leagues

* Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Licey’s 2-1 win over Aguilas in Dominican Winter League play.

* Christian Villanueva was batting .245 in 14 games in the Mexican Winter League with two home runs and three doubles.

* Hector Rondon has not given up a run in five innings over five games in relief in the Venezuelan Winter League, and has walked one and struck out five.

* Marcus Hatley has given up one earned run over 8 2/3 innings in nine games in relief in the Mexican Winter League. Hatley has struck out 14 and walked two.

– 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.

10/31 AFL update

Dallas Beeler gave up two hits over four scoreless innings in Mesa’s 7-0 win over Scottsdale Wednesday in Arizona Fall League play. Beeler faced 13 batters, struck out one and did not walk a batter. Wes Darvill scored two runs for the Solar Sox, who play host to Scottsdale on Thursday at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa. The Solar Sox face Peoria on Friday at HoHoKam, and the AFL takes a break on Saturday for its annual Fall Stars Game, to be played in Surprise. Cubs prospects Kris Bryant, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler are all expected to play in Saturday’s game.

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

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