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10/19 AFL update – Saturday’s game

Bijan Rademacher had two hits, including a RBI single in the second inning, while Addison Russell and Dan Vogelbach scored two runs each in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 8-4 win Saturday over Salt River Rafters. There are no games Sunday. Arizona Fall League play resumes Monday with the Solar Sox facing the Scottsdale Scorpions at Scottsdale Stadium. You can follow the AFL on their website.

10/18 AFL update – Friday’s game

Dan Vogelbach walked and scored a run in Mesa Solar Sox’s 5-3 loss to Surprise Saguaros on Friday in Arizona Fall League play. Jacob Hannemann was 0-for-4 for Mesa. Gerardo Concepcion walked one in one inning of relief. On Saturday, the Solar Sox play host to the Salt River Rafters at Cubs Park in Mesa. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. MT. Sunday is a day off. Check the Arizona Fall League website for more information.

10/17 AFL update – Thursday’s game

Dan Vogelbach went 2-for-4 with one RBI and Addison Russell had a hit and scored two runs in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 6-2 win over the Peoria Javelinas Thursday in Arizona Fall League play. Vogelbach doubled in the fourth, driving in Russell, for the Solar Sox’s first run.

Vogelbach admitted he was pressing at the start of the AFL season.

“Early on, I was trying to do too much and not swinging at good pitches,” he said. “A combination of that and pitchers here being as good as they are, it’s not going to work.”

Vogelbach and Russell know each other well, having played on a travel team while in high school in Florida.

“He’s fun to watch and it’s even better when you’re on his team,” Vogelbach said of Russell. “He has the ‘it’ factor that they talk about. He takes good at-bats all the time. When he hits the ball, it’s loud. I’m not a pitcher, but I think I speak for them that he’s a guy you want at shortstop or second base.”

Ivan Pineyro, who pitched for Double-A Tennessee this past season, started and threw three scoreless innings, giving up four hits and striking out three. Zach Cates threw two scoreless innings in relief. On Friday, the Solar Sox play host to the Surprise Saguaros at Cubs Park in Mesa.

10/14 AFL update – Monday’s game

Addison Russell was 1-for-3 and Dan Vogelbach and Jacob Hannemann a combined 0-for-8 in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 2-1 loss to Scottsdale Scorpions on Monday in Arizona Fall League play. The Solar Sox are 1-4 so far in AFL play, and face the Scorpions Tuesday in Mesa.

9/3 Minor matters – Tuesday’s games

* On Tuesday, Kris Bryant was named USA Today’s Minor League Player of the Year. He batted a combined .325 at Tennessee and Iowa, hitting 43 home runs, and finishing with 110 RBIs. Iowa finished the regular season with a 74-70 record.

* Tennessee finished the regular season with a 66-73 record.

* Kyle Schwarber hit a grand slam with two outs in the fourth to help Daytona beat Dunedin, 11-1, in the first game of the Florida State League North Championship. Dan Vogelbach had two hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs. Bijan Rademacher was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Rob Zastryzny picked up the win, giving up one run over six innings. Tayler Scott gets the start Wednesday in Game 2 of the best of three series.

* Kane County opens the first round of the Midwest League playoffs on Wednesday at Wisconsin. Jen-Ho Tseng (6-1, 2.40 ERA) gets the start.

* Boise lost 5-2 to Hillsboro in the first game of the Northwest League divisional series. Jake Stinnett gave up one unearned run over five innings. Alex Tomasovich led off the third with a solo home run. Boise committed four errors, contributing to two unearned runs. Jeremy Null (2-0, 1.29) starts Wednesday in Game 2.

9/2 Daytona 11, Dunedin 1

Led by Kyle Schwarber and Dan Vogelbach, the Cubs’ Nos. 7 and 11 prospects, Class A Daytona defeated Dunedin, 11-1, Tuesday in Game 1 of their Florida State League semifinals series.

Vogelbach scored the first run of the game in the second and then built on the lead with a two-out, two-run homer in the third. Schwarber broke the game open the next inning with a two-out, opposite-field grand slam, which gave Daytona a 9-0 lead.

Schwarber, ranked No. 75 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, finished the game 1-for-5 with a run and four RBIs. He primarily has played left field since the Cubs made him the fourth overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, but served Tuesday as Daytona’s designated hitter.

Vogelbach went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs and two RBIs. Outfielder Billy McKinney, the Cubs’ No. 8 prospect, added two hits and two runs.

The best-of-three series continues Wednesday with Game 2 at Dunedin. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET. If necessary, Game 3 would be played Thursday at Dunedin at 6:30 p.m. ET.

8/30 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Elliot Soto hit a walk-off RBI single in the 11th to give Iowa a 5-4 victory over Oklahoma City and keep their playoff hopes alive. Chris Rusin started, and did not get a decision, giving up three runs over four innings. Junior Lake had two singles. Carlos Pimentel picked up the win in relief. Dallas Beeler gets the start Saturday.

Anthony Giansanti had two hits, including a home run, to help Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 6-5. Corey Black started, and gave up four earned runs over three innings. Christian Villanueva was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. C.J. Edwards gets the start Saturday.

Dan Vogelbach hit his 16th home run and Marco Hernandez hit his third in Daytona’s 8-4 win over Tampa. Tayler Scott gave up four runs over 5 2/3 innings. Vogelbach had two hits and two RBIs. He leads the team with 75 RBIs. Yao-Lin Wang gets the start Saturday.

Kane County won its 90th game of the season, a 6-1 rain-shortened win over Cedar Rapids. Jonathan Martinez gave up one run over 5 1/3 innings. Trey Martin and Jeimer Candelario each homered. Daury Torrez gets the start Saturday.

Boise lost, 2-1, to Everett. Danny Canela had two hits and an RBI. Erick Leal gaveup one run over 5 1/3 innings. James Norwood gets the start Saturday.

Eloy Jimenez tripled and drove in two runs in Mesa’s 7-6 loss to Arizona. Jose Paulino gave up two unearned runs over five innings.

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.

7/6 Minor matters – Saturday’s games

Carlos Pimentel gave up three runs over five innings in Iowa’s 3-2 loss to Oklahoma City. Arismendy Alcantara had a hit, and now has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games. Javier Baez and Kris Bryant each had a hit and one RBIs.

Tennessee gave up seven runs in the fourth to lose 13-3 to Birmingham. Matt Loosen took the loss, giving up seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Nathan Dorris gave up one hit and walked four over six scoreless innings in Daytona’s 4-2 win over Lakeland. Albert Almora had three hits, including his 17th double. Bijan Rademacher hit his fourth home run, a solo shot, and Dan Vogelbach hit his 20th double. he’s 11-for-27 in his last eight games.

Duane Underwood threw six shutout innings in Kane County’s 4-0 win over Clinton. Underwood struck out six. Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits and a RBI. He now has two hits in three of his last five games.

Jeffrey Baez and Justin Marra each homered in Boise’s 15-3 win over Eugene. Trevor Graham picked up the win, striking out eight and giving up two runs over five innings. Daniel Canela had three hits and two RBIs. Baez finished with three RBIs.

The Mesa Cubs had Saturday off, and play the Rangers on Sunday.

2/25 Extra bases

* The Cubs will play a six-inning exhibition game at new Cubs Park on Wednesday, starting at 1 p.m. MT. Kyle Hendricks and Eric Jokisch are scheduled to start. The game is a tune-up for Thursday’s Cactus League opener, when the Cubs play host to the Diamondbacks.

One of the players eager for a game is third baseman Mike Olt, who batted .201 last season combined in the Minor Leagues, first with the Rangers and then the Cubs. So far, Olt, who struggled with vision problems, has passed all the tests in batting practice.

“Everyone’s going to be a little rusty but I feel I’m at a different stage than I was last year, heading into the first scrimmage,” Olt said. “I’m just excited to get back in the box and have that competitive edge. Even with live [batting practice], you don’t have the competitive dge that you would in a game.”

Other pitchers scheduled to throw on Wednesday include Arodys Vizcaino, Neil Ramirez, Tsuyoshi Wada, Brian Schlitter, Chang-Yong Lim, Marcus Hatley and Armando Rivero.

“It’s going to be good for me and for the staff to see the guys put themselves out there between the lines with a little more competitive aspect of the game,” manager Rick Renteria said. “They’ll be able to see where they’re as far as timing and pitchers will see where they’re at with the hitters and game-type situations, which is what we’re building up to do. It’ll be good to see them out there playing.”

* Kyuji Fujikawa threw 20-25 pitches in a side session on Monday, his first time off a mound since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last June.

“It went very well,” Renteria said of the pitcher’s session. “He gave me a thumbs up.”

* The new rule adopted Monday by Major League Baseball in regards to plays at the plate will affect baserunners, not just catchers. The Cubs will work on sliding drills on Wednesday.

“We all understand the biggest key is to eliminate the possibility of a baserunner actually going after the catcher who’s not covering the plate, and eliminate injuries that come from that,” Renteria said.

* Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins addressed the players on Tuesday in the Cubs’ big league camp as well as the 50-plus taking part in the Minor League mini camp. Jenkins noted that when he was with the Cubs, they had 40 players sharing one field in Spring Training. Now, the Cubs have six fields plus a half field plus the stadium at the new facility.

* In case you missed it, I have a feature on top prospect Dan Vogelbach on Cubs.com and how he lost 30 pounds this offseason. Vogelbach wanted to quiet critics who felt he was too heavy to play first base. He hasn’t lost his powerful hitting stroke. Minor League hitting coach Desi Wilson says Vogelbach still has good bat speed and is better defensively.

“He hasn’t lost anything — he’s gained,” Wilson said of Vogelbach, ranked No. 10 on the Cubs’ top 20 prospects.

– Carrie Muskat

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