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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
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
The Mesa Solar Sox face the Surprise Saguaros on Saturday in the Arizona Fall League championship game. Cubs prospect Dallas Beeler is scheduled to start for Mesa, and Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora could be in the lineup. The game will be televised on MLB Network, starting at 2 p.m. CT. Bryant leads the AFL with six home runs and a 1.184 OPS.
“Anytime you play baseball, you want to be the last one on the field,” Bryant said. “A lot of us are swinging the bats well and our pitchers are throwing strikes. We’re pretty confident going into Saturday.”
The Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) reports Ron Coomer is being considered as WGN Radio’s new color man. Coomer played for the Cubs in 2001 and has done TV work for the Twins. Coomer knows Chicago — he’s a graduate of Lockport High School and has a baseball academy in the south suburbs. WGN Radio is looking for someone to partner with play by play man Pat Hughes after Keith Moreland announced he was not coming back for the 2014 season.
Arismendy Alcantara had two hits, including a RBI single in the fifth, in Licey’s 6-2 victory over Oriente in Dominican Winter League play. Junior Lake was 2-for-4 for Oriente.
Luis Valbuena had his second straight two-hit game for Cardenales de Lara in Venezuela, which lost, 13-12, in 13 innings to La Guaira. Valbuena started at second base for the second consecutive game.
Infielder Walter Ibarra, who has been in the Yankees system since 2006, has signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs. Ibarra, 26, reached Triple-A level this season. He posted a .276/.308/.367 line combined at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He’s primarily played short and second.
The Cubs also have signed outfielder Aaron Cunningham, 27, to a Minor League contract. A sixth-round pick in 2005 by the White Sox, Cunningham has played 222 games over five seasons with the Athletics, Padres and Indians. He spent last season at Triple-A Round Rock, and posted a .247/.337/.401 line in 115 games there with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs.
The Cubs have signed free agent catcher Eli Whiteside, 34, to a Minor League contract, according to MLB.com transactions page. He spent most of last season with the Rangers’ Triple-A team, batting .187 in 67 games. He last appeared in the Majors with the Giants in 2012.
Also, infielder Jeudy Valdez, 24, has reportedly signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs, although he did not receive a Spring Training invite. He posted a .251/.300/.406 slash line in 125 games with San Antonio last season, hitting 10 home runs and driving in 49 runs with 16 steals.
Check out MLB.com’s Corey Brock’s story on Rick Renteria and how he was able to get the Cubs manager’s job wearing sweatpants. It’s on Cubs.com and a great read.
– Carrie Muskat
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.
Arizona Fall League
Matt Loosen gave up two hits over two scoreless innings and Jorge Soler hit a double in a 3-2 win over Glendale on Wednesday in Arizona Fall League play. Albert Almora started and also had a hit. The Solar Sox play the final regular season game Thursday at Glendale and it’s a must-win if they want to get to the championship game.
Salt River rallied to win Wednesday with an 8-5 victory over Scottsdale, which means the Rafters trail Mesa by a half game in the East Division. To win the division, Salt River needs to beat Scottsdale on Thursday and for Mesa to lose to Glendale.
* Junior Lake was 3-for-5 with a home run for Estrellas in a 5-4, 10-inning win over Aguilas.
* Daniel Bard had another rough outing. In his second game in relief for Caguas, he walked three of the four batters he faced, and all three scored. Caguas rallied for a 6-5, 13-inning win over Ponce.
– Carrie Muskat
Albert Almora had three hits, including a double, and drove in a run with a RBI single in the sixth, and Kris Bryant hit two doubles in Mesa’s 4-0 victory over Peoria in Arizona Fall League action on Monday. Cubs prospect Dallas Beeler threw five shutout innings, scattering five hits and striking out two. On Tuesday, Mesa plays host to Peoria at HoHoKam Stadium. This is the AFL’s final week of games.
Jorge Soler was 1-for-5 and scored a run in Mesa’s 6-1 victory over Surprise on Friday in Arizona Fall League play. Kris Bryant also started and was hitless in three at-bats, but drew two walks, and Albert Almora was 1-for-4 with a run scored. On Saturday, the same teams meet in Surprise. The Arizona Fall League wraps up its season next week.
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.
* To no one’s surprise, the Cubs did not make qualifying offers to their four free agents Monday. Now, the team has to decide whether to try to re-sign Scott Baker, Kevin Gregg, Matt Guerrier and Dioner Navarro.
Baker, 32, spent all of the 2013 season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, but when he signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Cubs last November, the team held a news conference at Wrigley Field and made it clear the right-hander was the type of pitcher they’d like to have in the rotation.
Guerrier, 35, was acquired from the Dodgers in the Carlos Marmol deal, and the right-hander’s season ended Aug. 8 after 15 games with Chicago because of right elbow soreness. He could sign a Minor League deal, and compete for a spot in the bullpen.
Gregg, 35, saved the Cubs, who were scrambling to find a closer when Marmol struggled and Kyuji Fujikawa was injured. Gregg posted his third season of at least 30 saves, yet the year ended on an ugly note after some miscommunication about the right-hander’s role and the Cubs’ desire to look at Pedro Strop in the closer role.
Navarro, 29, was probably the only backup catcher to hit fourth in the Major Leagues. He batted .300 with a career-high 13 home runs, and filled the No. 4 spot in the batting order after Alfonso Soriano was traded. Navarro accepted his role but may try to lobby for more playing time. The Cubs are commited to Welington Castillo as their regular catcher.
* Junior Lake hit a game-winning RBI single in the 10th Sunday night to lift Estrellas to victory in Winter League play in the Dominican Republic.
* If you missed Jorge Soler, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant on Saturday in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game, you can watch them on Tuesday night when the Mesa Solar Sox’s game will be broadcast on MLB Network at 7 p.m. MT/Arizona time. On Monday, the Solar Sox play host to Salt River at HoHoKam Stadium.
* Several Minor League players will be the first to work out at the Cubs’ new Spring Training facility in Mesa this week. The players were invited to take part in the sessions, conducted by strength and conditioning coach Doug Jarrow.
* Congrats to David DeJesus, who signed a two-year contract with the Rays with an option for a third year on Monday.
– Carrie Muskat
Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler each got a hit, but Bryant also made two errors in the East’s 9-2 loss to the West in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game, played Saturday in Surprise. Bryant and Soler were starters for the East, and Bryant played the entire game at third. Albert Almora entered as a sub in right.
Bryant’s first error in the third inning led to a run. In an interview in October, he said he doesn’t do well in debuts. An example is his first game with Boise when he struck out five times.
“You really try to avoid the really bad games like that,” he said about the five K game. “It happens. It all comes back to confidence and me having confidence in myself. When you have a game like that, you put it behind you and realize that day, the pitcher was better than you. I’ll get him sometimes, and he’ll get me sometimes.”
Hopefully, that means Bryant’s next All-Star Game will be much better.
After an off day Sunday, Bryant, Soler, Almora and the other Cubs prospects get back to work on Monday when the Mesa Solar Sox play host to Salt River at HoHoKam Stadium. On Tuesday, Mesa travels to Salt River, and that game will be aired on MLB Network at 7 p.m. Arizona time.
– Carrie Muskat