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10/16 AFL update – Wednesday’s game

Addison Russell hit a RBI double and C.J. Edwards threw three scoreless innings in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 5-2 win over Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday. Bijan Rademacher had two hits for Mesa. Edwards gave up one hit, walked one and struck out three in his second AFL start.

“It was pretty good,” Edwards said of his outing. “I went in today just focused on throwing strikes, trying to get ahead and stay ahead.”

The Solar Sox play host to the Javelinas on Thursday at Cubs Park in Mesa. First pitch was scheduled for 6:35 p.m. MT.

10/11 AFL update – Friday’s game

C.J. Edwards gave up one run on three hits and one walk over two innings, striking out one in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 14-3 loss to Surprise in Arizona Fall League play Friday night in Mesa. Edwards threw 39 pitches, 25 strikes in his first AFL outing. Zach Cates gave up one run over two innings and Gerardo Concepcion was charged with two runs on three hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings. Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-4 for the Solar Sox, who play host to the Peoria Javelinas at Cubs Park on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. MT.

10/6 Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League gets underway Tuesday, and Cubs prospects will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox. Their first game will be at Glendale against the Desert Dogs, starting at 12:35 p.m. MT. The Solar Sox will play their home games at Cubs Park in Mesa, and the first one is scheduled for Wednesday at 12:35 p.m. MT. The Cubs prospects on the Solar Sox will be joined by players from the Angels, Athletics, Blue Jays and Nationals.

The Cubs players on the AFL roster include:

RHP Zach Cates: Cates, 24, was a combined 3-2 with a 4.08 ERA in 36 games at Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee this season, striking out 40 over 53 innings. A third-round pick by the Padres in 2010, he was acquired along with Anthony Rizzo in the Andrew Cashner deal.

LHP Gerardo Concepcion: The Cuban pitcher was 4-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 29 games, playing primarily at Class A Kane County. In eight games with Daytona, Concepcion, 22, gave up two earned runs over 15 1/3 innings for a 1.17 ERA, striking out 14.

RHP C.J. Edwards: Edwards, 23, only pitched in 12 games this season because of shoulder problems. He made four starts with Tennessee before he was shut down. In 10 starts total with Tennessee, he gave up 13 earned runs on 30 hits and 21 walks while striking out 46. Teams batted .173 against him. The right-hander was acquired from the Rangers along with Mike Olt, Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez for Matt Garza.

RHP Ivan Pineryo: In 11 games with Tennessee, Pineyro, 23, gave up 30 earned runs over 48 2/3 innings for a 5.55 ERA, striking out 41. He was acquired from the Nationals for Scott Hairston in July 2013.

SS Addison Russell: Acquired from the Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel deal, Russell batted .350 in 68 games last season combined. He was slowed by a hamstring injury at the start of the year. In 50 games at Tennessee, he batted .294 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs.

1B Dan Vogelbach: The left-handed slugger batted .268 with 16 homers and 76 RBIs in 132 games at Daytona last season. The 21-year-old was a second-round pick in 2011.

OF Jacob Hannemann: A left-handed hitter, Hannemann batted .251 combined at Kane County and Daytona, and swiped 37 bases. The 23-year-old was a third-round pick in 2013 out of Brigham Young.

OF Bijan Rademacher: Rademacher, 23, batted .281 at Daytona with 10 homers, 22 doubles, six triples and 56 RBIs in 111 games. He was a 13th round pick in 2012.

– Carrie Muskat

8/20 Tennessee update

Addison Russell drove in five runs and C.J. Edwards threw five scoreless innings, but it wasn’t enough as Double-A Tennessee lost, 7-6, to Montgomery. Russell, ranked No. 6 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, hit an RBI double in the first inning and hit a grand slam in the seventh. He finished the game 2-for-5 and scored twice.

The grand slam was Russell’s second home run in as many days. Since he was acquired from the A’s in the Jeff Samardzija deal, Russell was hitting .301/.348/.556 with 10 home runs in 39 games.

Edwards, No. 56 on the Top 100, was making his fourth start since returning from a three-month stay on the disabled list. He struck out seven, walked two and held the Biscuits to two hits. He threw 80 pitches and extended his shutout streak to 14 innings. In eight starts for Tennessee this season, Edwards is 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA. The 22-year old has struck out 37 batters and walked 15 in 39 innings.

8/9 Minor matters – Thursday’s games

Manny Ramirez had three hits, including two home runs and a double, and Kris Bryant hit his 15th home run in Iowa’s 16-4 loss to Oklahoma City. Bryant hit his 37th homer of the year, and was batting .323. Even though he’s played 47 of Iowa’s 120 games, he has the second most home runs on the team and is fourth in RBIs (38).

Tennessee’s game Thursday was rained out, and Corey Black and C.J. Edwards were scheduled to start doubleheaders on Friday.

Rock Shoulders, Dan Vogelbach and Kyle Schwarber each homered to help Daytona beat Clearwater, 18-2. Tayler Scott picked up the win, giving up two runs over seven hits. Schwarber went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Vogelbach hit a three-run homer in the fifth and Shoulders hit his 10th homer leading of fthe third.

Duane Underwood gave up one run over six innings and struck out six in Kane County’s 4-3, 11-inning loss to Cedar Rapids. Chesny Young had two hits, including a double, and one RBI. Shawon Dunston and Victor Caratini each tripled.

Mark Zagunis hit a two-run homer in Boise’s 9-5 loss to Salem-Keizer. David Bote had three hits and scored two runs.

Carson Sands gave up three hits and walked two over 2 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 4-1 win over the Padres. Ricardo Marcano had two hits and Kevonte Mitchell had three singles.

7/24 Minor matters

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up one unearned run over six innings in Iowa’s 13-4 win over New Orleans. Lars Anderson homered, and was then sent to Tennessee to make room for Mike Olt. Anderson, Kris Bryant and Ryan Kalish each had three RBIs. Kyuji Fujikawa struck out two in one inning of relief.

Eduardo Figueroa gave up one run over five innings in Tennessee’s 6-3 win over Mississippi. Stephen Bruno and Christian Villanueva each had two hits and two RBis.

Dan Vogelbach hit two home runs to help Daytona beat Palm Beach, 6-2. It was Vogelbach’s third multi-homer game. Rob Zastryzny threw six shutout innings for the win. Billy McKinney extended his hit streak to six straight games, and now has hit in 11 of his last 12 games since joining the D-Cubs.

Kevin Brown had three hits and two RBIs in Kane County’s 5-2 win over South Bend. Duane Underwood gave up two runs on three hits over five innings, striking out seven. Gerardo Concepcion threw three scoreless innings.

Boise’s game vs. Everett was postponed because of rain.

C.J. Edwards gave up one hit over two innings in his first start since coming off the DL, pitching for the Mesa Rookie League team. Edwards walked one and struck out two. Mesa won, 10-0, over the Rangers. Seven Mesa hitters had two hits apiece.

4/25 C.J. Edwards update

Cubs Minor League pitcher C.J. Edwards, ranked No. 4 on MLB.com’s list of top 20 Cubs prospects, underwent an MRI on Friday, which revealed some fatigue and inflammation in his right shoulder. The good news is there was no structural damage. Edwards, 22, was examined in Chicago on Friday. He will rest for a couple weeks before starting a throwing program.

The right-hander had a 2.61 ERA in four starts for Double-A Tennessee. On Sunday, he gave up two runs on three hits and two walks over six innings against Birmingham. Edwards felt some discomfort in his shoulder during a side session. He was one of four players acquired from the Rangers for Matt Garza last July.

Edwards made one start in Spring Training for the Cubs, and gave up three runs on four hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings.

4/25 Edwards to be checked

C.J. Edwards, ranked No. 4 on MLB.com’s list of top 20 Cubs prospects, was to undergo tests on his right shoulder in Chicago on Friday. Edwards, 22, had a 2.61 ERA in four starts for Double-A Tennessee. On Sunday, he gave up two runs on three hits and two walks over six innings against Birmingham. Edwards felt some discomfort in his shoulder during a side session.

The slender right-hander was one of four players acquired from the Rangers for Matt Garza last July. Edwards made one start in Spring Training for the Cubs, and gave up three runs on four hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

3/25 Edwards: My nerves were crazy

C.J. Edwards was nervous Tuesday night. He had more than a week to prepare for his first Cactus League start, and had taken the advice of his father, who told him to pray and meditate. Edwards tried to visualize his approach.

“My dad actually helped me get ready for this game,” Edwards said.

But Edwards’ father was back in Prosperity, S.C., and the pitcher had to rely on Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio and catcher John Baker, who both told Edwards to just keep doing what he had been doing. The slender right-hander was a combined 8-2 with a 1.86 ERA last season at Class A Hickory and High A Daytona. He joined the Cubs in July after being dealt from the Rangers in the Matt Garza deal. Most of the Cubs front office, including Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, were in the stands in Peoria on Tuesday night to watch Edwards. He didn’t see them because Edwards says he has great “tunnel vision.” The 22-year-old had enough to think about.

“I went out there the first inning, and nerves were crazy,” Edwards said of his start against the Padres. “I can’t even explain the nerves I had. Overall being out there, I felt like I should be out there.”

He retired the first batter, and Seth Smith singled, but Edwards got Kyle Blanks to hit into a double play and end the inning. The second wasn’t as smooth as Xavier Nady singled to lead off and reached third on an error by Ryan Kalish. Rene Rivera hit a sacrifice fly, and Edwards then walked the next two batters. That prompted a visit from Bosio.

Edwards regrouped and got a ground out, and then struck out Andrew Cashner to end the inning. In the third, Edwards again retired the first batter, then Smith singled and Blanks walked. Bosio again came to the mound along with all the infielders. Edwards caught his breath, then served up a double to Nady and a sacrifice fly before he was lifted.

As Edwards walked off the field, Baker said something to him.

“His exact words were, ‘Hey, you did a hell of a job, man, and you’ve got a bright future ahead. Just stay with it,'” Edwards said, smiling.

A lot of players are so overcome by the moment that they admit they’re shaking the first time on a mound in a big league game.

“I actually wasn’t that nervous on the mound,” he said. “After I came in the first inning, my right knee just started going by itself and I was trying to look around and hold it down, but it didn’t work, so I let it bounce.”

Edwards also got advice from first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who came over to the mound in the second after the pitcher walked two in a row.

“He comes up to me, and he goes, ‘Hey, do you want to play first base?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s switch,'” Edwards said.

But they didn’t. It wasn’t just Baker or Rizzo, it was everyone on the Cubs giving Edwards support. They’ve all been there.

“Overall, the guys were behind me 100 percent and they have faith in me,” he said.

The Cubs just have to figure out a way to add some muscle to his skinny body. He weighed 165 on Tuesday, no change from January when he admitted he’s been eating everything in sight. In fact, he gorged on a large order of French toast at the Breakfast Club in Scottsdale on Tuesday morning. He couldn’t finish the eggs and sausage but did eat all the bread.

He could relax once his outing was over.

“Like I tell everybody, I enjoyed it,” Edwards said. “I feel I can be out there any time to help the club when the time comes. The guys that we have up are already doing great. We’ll have our ups and downs but we’ll go out there each and every day 110 percent. When that day comes and I get the call, I feel I’ll be ready to come up there.”

Hopefully, Tuesday’s start will make it easier when he does get promoted.

“Now, I feel my first game there [at Wrigley Field], I won’t be as nervous, but then again, it’ll be Chicago, and there will be over 100 thousand fans there,” he said, over-estimating the ballpark’s attendance by about 60,000. “It’s a little different here. It was wonderful. The outcome wasn’t good but overall just being around those guys was fantastic.”

Edwards isn’t sure where he’ll open the 2014 season, although the Cubs have said it could be Double-A Tennessee. He can only hope he’s matched up with his roommates, like Duane Underwood, who made the drive to Peoria to cheer on the right-hander. There were more people in the stands than in Edwards’ hometown.

“I believe there was,” he said.

– Carrie Muskat

3/25 Cubs night game lineup

Top prospect C.J. Edwards will start Tuesday night when the other half of the Cubs travels to Peoria, Ariz., to face the Padres. Here’s the night lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Kalish RF
Rizzo 1B
Sweeney CF
Baez SS
Baker C
Roberts 3B
Coghlan LF
Edwards P

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