Results tagged ‘ Arizona Fall League ’

10/27 Junior Lake steals 2 in AFL play

Junior Lake increased his league-leading stolen base totals to 13 with two steals Thursday but it wasn’t enough as the Mesa Solar Sox lost 8-7 to Scottsdale in Arizona Fall League play. Lake’s 13 steals matches the 2009 and 2010 AFL season highs, set by Chase D’Arnaud and Ben Revere. Bryce Harper hit a three-run walkoff homer to lift Scottsdale to the win. Lake, who started at third and batted third, went 1-for-5, while Josh Vitters, who started in right and batted fourth, was 0-for-5. On Friday, Mesa travels to Peoria. The Cubs’ Andrew Cashner was expected to pitch in relief either Friday or Saturday. He’s been slowed by a sore oblique.

— Carrie Muskat

10/24 AFL update

DJ LeMahieu had one hit and scored a run but it wasn’t enough as Surprise beat Mesa, 8-3, on Monday in Arizona Fall League play at HoHoKam Park. Junior Lake, named AFL Player of the Week, was hitless in four at-bats. On Tuesday, the two teams meet again in Surprise. First pitch scheduled for 12:35 p.m. MT.

— Carrie Muskat

10/24 Lake named AFL player of week

Shortstop Junior Lake was named Arizona Fall League Player of the week on Monday. Lake batted .455 with three doubles, one homer, eight RBIs and stole four bases for the Mesa Solar Sox last week. The Cubs prospect was batting .379 overall. Lake is the AFL stolen base leader after three weeks, and is on pace to challenge the single-season record of 24 set by Rick Holifield (Phillies) in 1994. Lake also ranks second in the league in hits (22) and total bases (41), third in slugging percentage (.707), is tied for third in doubles and home runs, fifth in RBIs, and tied for fifth in batting. He enters the league’s fourth week of play riding a nine-game hitting streak with extra-base hits in his last seven games. Lake split this season between Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. In five Minor League seasons, he has a .267 average with 33 home runs, 192 RBIs, and 82 stolen bases.

— Carrie Muskat

10/12 AFL roundup

Junior Lake went 2-for-4 and Andrew Cashner picked up the save in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 3-2 win over Scottsdale Tuesday in Arizona Fall League play. This was Cashner’s second AFL appearance, and he threw 13 pitches/eight strikes in one inning, giving up one hit. Josh Vitters was 1-for-4 and is batting .357 in the AFL. On Wednesday, the Solar Sox play host to the Peoria Javelinas at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa. First pitch scheduled for 12:35 p.m. MT.

— Carrie Muskat

10/9 Vitters gets three hits in loss

Josh Vitters went 3-for-5 and DJ LeMahieu 2-for-5, and each drove in one run, in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 5-4 loss to Salt River in Arizona Fall League play Saturday. Junior Lake, another Cubs prospect playing for the Mesa team, was 1-for-3. Andrew Cashner made his first appearance and struck out one in one inning. Chris Carpenter took the loss, giving up an unearned run in the eighth. Vitters is now batting .381. Sunday is an off day for the AFL, and on Monday, the Solar Sox play a night game in Scottsdale.

— Carrie Muskat

10/6 AFL update – Thursday’s game

Josh Vitters went 2-for-4 with two RBIs but it wasn’t enough as the Mesa Solar Sox lost, 8-7, to Surprise on Thursday in Arizona Fall League play at HoHoKam Park. DJ LeMahieu was 1-for-5 and Junior Lake 0-for-5. On Friday, the Solar Sox play the Salt River Rafters at the new Salt River facility in Scottsdale.

Andrew Cashner was expected to make his first appearance in the AFL on Saturday at HoHoKam. Cashner will pitch one inning in his first two outings, then be stretched out to two innings, depending on pitch count. He’s building up arm strength after being sidelined this season with a strained right rotator cuff.

— Carrie Muskat

10/6 AFL update

Cubs prospect Junior Lake went 3-for-4 with a single, double, solo homer and stole a base in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 10-4 loss to Phoenix on Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League. DJ LeMahieu was 1-for-4 and Josh Vitters, who hit two homers in the AFL opener Tuesday, was 0-for-4. Chris Carpenter struck out one in two innings of relief. On Thursday, the Solar Sox play host to the Surprise Saguaros at HoHoKam Park in Mesa. First pitch scheduled for 12:35 p.m. MT.

— Carrie Muskat

9/5 Cashner rejoins Cubs

Andrew Cashner was back in the Cubs’ clubhouse on Monday, activated from the disabled list and will be available in the bullpen Tuesday at the earliest. The right-hander has been on the DL since April 6 because of a strained right rotator cuff. He wrapped up his rehab with one inning on Sunday for Triple-A Iowa.

“The velocity was there and I’m really pleased with the way everything has gone,” Cashner said. “No pain and I feel like I’m 100 percent and ready to roll.”

In three appearances for Double-A Tennessee, he gave up two runs on three hits and did not walk a batter while striking out six over 2 2/3 innings. All of the runs came in his first outing. In two outings at Iowa, he did not allow a baserunner in two innings, and finished with two strikeouts.

“His pilgrimmage is over,” Mike Quade said.

“I threw the ball well,” Cashner said. “The main thing I wanted to work on was my fastball command down there. It’s there right now, so I’m feeling good and have a lot of confidence now and throwing good breaking balls and changeups. Everything’s been good.”

He will be used strictly out of the bullpen for the Cubs’ final 21 games. In October, he’ll pitch for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League and was expected to start.

— Carrie Muskat

8/28 Cashner update

Andrew Cashner will make his third rehab start on Monday for Double-A Tennessee and then the team will decide if he’s ready to move up to Triple-A Iowa. Cashner, who has been on the disabled list with a strained right rotator cuff since April 6, will be limited to one inning in Monday’s outing. After that, Cubs pitching coach Mark Riggins and the medical staff will determine whether the right-hander is ready to pitch out of the Iowa bullpen or if it’s better to have him start at Triple-A. By starting, they can give him enough time to warm up before his outing. If all goes well, Cashner, who turns 25 on Sept. 11, will join the Cubs when they return from a three-game trip to San Francisco, which starts Monday. Cashner, who won the fifth spot in the rotation this year, only to be sidelined after his only start with the shoulder injury, was expected to start in the Arizona Fall League, which begins Oct. 4.

— Carrie Muskat

11/18 AFL finale

Josh Vitters was 1-for-3 and Ryan Flaherty hitless in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 3-1 loss to the Peoria Saguaros in their Arizona Fall League season finale on Thursday. Vitters finished at .253 while Flaherty hit .268. Kyle Smit pitched one inning in relief, striking out one of the three batters he faced.

— Carrie Muskat