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10/20 AFL update

Sunday is an off day for the Arizona Fall League, but games will resume on Monday. The Mesa Solar Sox play host to Surprise at HoHoKam Park at 12:35 p.m. MT. Cubs prospect Kris Bryant is batting .423 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in six AFL games with the Solar Sox so far, while teammate Albert Almora is batting .417 with one home run, four doubles and eight RBIs in five games. Wes Darvill is 3-for-12 in four games, while Jorge Soler is batting .229 (8-for-35) with five RBIs in seven games.

Among the Cubs pitching prospects on the Solar Sox, Dallas Beeler has made two starts, and given up four earned runs over six innings, whlie Matt Loosen has appeared in three games and served up two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. Lendy Castillo has given up one earned run over four innings in four games, and Armando Rivero has given up two earned runs over four innings in four games.

10/16 AFL update

Albert Almora was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 7-4 victory over Scottsdale on Tuesday in Arizona Fall League play. Almora, who hit a two-run double in the third, was batting .571, tops in the AFL. Jorge Soler was 1-for-5 with a single and Cuban pitcher Armando Rivero, another Cubs prospect, gave up one run on two hits over one inning in relief. On Wednesday, Mesa faces the Peoria Javelinas in Surprise.

On Tuesday, Cubs prospect Kris Bryant was named co-player of the week in the AFL.

10/15 AFL update

Kris Bryant was 1-for-4 with an RBI and Jorge Soler was 1-for-5, hitting a double in the sixth, in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 7-6 win over the Scottsdale Scorpions on Monday. Bryant reached base three times on errors, and hit a sacrifice fly. He’s now batting .444 in Arizona Fall League play. Cubs pitching prospect Matt Loosen gave up two runs on four hits over 2 1/3 innings in relief. On Tuesday, the Solar Sox play host to Scottsdale at HoHoKam Stadium. Check MLBFallBall.com for updates and the schedule.

10/12 AFL update

Kris Bryant hit a two-out RBI single in the first, driving in Jorge Soler, who had reached on an error, and a solo home run in the seventh to lift the Mesa Solar Sox to a 7-3 victory Friday night over the Peoria Javelinas in Surprise. Bryant was 2-for-5, and is 7-for-14 in three games in the Arizona Fall League with two home runs. Soler was 1-for-5 and scored two runs, and Wes Darvill added a RBI single in the third. Dallas Beeler started, and gave up one run on three hits over three innings. Lendy Castillo gave up one run on one hit and two walks in one inning in relief.

On Saturday, all teams are off as a hitting competition is held at Talking Stick at Salt River. The Cubs’ Albert Almora, who is 6-for-10 in two games, will take part. Almora has hit for the cycle in his first two games with Mesa. The Solar Sox — or Soler Sox if you prefer — resume play on Monday, traveling to Scottsdale for a 6:35 p.m. MT game against the Scorpions.

10/9 AFL update

Cubs prospects Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant and Wes Darvill combined to go 8-for-14 with 11 RBIs in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 13-3 win over the Glendale Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday. Almora homered on the first pitch he saw leading off the first at HoHoKam Stadium, and finished 4-for-5 with three RBIs. He needed a triple to complete the cycle. Soler hit a three-run double and Bryant hit a three-run homer. Darvill, who is on the taxi squad, hit a two-run homer in his only at-bat.

– Carrie Muskat

10/8 Soler, Bryant star

Cubs prospects Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant both had good days Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League opener. Soler hit a tie-breaking RBI double with two outs in the eighth and Bryant had three hits and two RBIs for the Mesa Solar Sox. Soler was 0-for-4 before delivering a RBI double down the left field line. Bryant had a RBI single in the second and a RBI double in the seventh.

As for the Cubs pitching prospects, Matt Loosen gave up two unearned runs in two innings of relief and Lendy Castillo served up three unearned runs in one inning. Armando Rivera, 25, the Cuban right-hander who the Cubs signed in March to a $3.1 million contract, struck out three of the four batters he faced in the eighth, throwing 15 pitches, 12 for strikes.

Bryant’s third hit came in the ninth, and nearly injured third baseman Colin Moran. Bryant broke his bat when he made contact, and part of it nearly impaled Moran, who fortunately ducked in time.

10/3 Gamel, Sveum & AFL roster

Infielder Mat Gamel, who missed the 2013 season because of a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, was claimed off waivers by the Cubs. Gamel, 28, ended the season on the Brewers’ 60-day disabled list, and was transferred to the Cubs’ 60-day DL. A left-handed hitter, he played parts of the previous five seasons with the Brewers (2008-12), posting a .229 batting average with 11 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 29 RBIs in 106 games. He’s played first base, third base, and three games in left.

In his most recent full pro season in 2011, Gamel spent most of the season with Triple-A Nashville where he batted .310 with 29 doubles, 28 home runs and 96 RBIs in 128 games. He made the Brewers’ Opening Day roser in 2012 but suffered a torn right ACL 21 games into the season on May 1 in San Diego. This year, he was expected to fulfill the void created by Corey Hart but reinjured the ligament in Spring Training.

Originally selected by the Brewers in the fourth round of the 2005 Draft, Gamel earned Topps Minor League Player of the Year honors in 2008 after hitting .329 with 35 doubles, seven triples, 19 homers and 96 RBIs in 127 games with Double-A Huntsville. Gamel made his big league debut with Milwaukee near the end of the 2008 season. The Cubs are set at first with Anthony Rizzo but Gamel could see action at third base.

* Dale Sveum wasn’t out of work long. Sveum, who was dismissed as the Cubs manager on Monday, was hired by the Royals to be part of manager Ned Yost’s coaching staff. Sveum will work with the infielders and in-game responsibilities will be announced later. Sveum was a coach on Yost’s staff for three seasons with the Brewers, and replaced him in 2008 for the final 12 games of the season. Milwaukee reached the National League Division Series that year. In two seasons with the Cubs, Sveum compiled a 127-197 record, finishing 66-96 this year and last in the National League Central. The Royals announced the contracts of third base coach Eddie Rodriguez and bench coach Chino Cadahia will not be renewed, and Sveum could fill one of those openings.

* Third baseman Luis Valbuena was recovering this week from a stomach ailment that forced him to miss the Cubs’ last series of the regular season. Valbuena did not travel with the team to St. Louis because of the problem, and was receiving treatment in Chicago.

* The Arizona Fall League gets underway next Tuesday. Among the Cubs prospects playing for the Mesa Solar Sox are outfielders Albert Almora and Jorge Soler, infielders Kris Bryant and Wes Darvill, and right-handed pitchers Dallas Beeler, Matt Loosen, Lendy Castillo and Armando Rivero.

– Carrie Muskat

9/20 Minor matters: Baez & more

Javier Baez may not be playing in the Arizona Fall League but he will make at least two trips to Mesa, Ariz., to work with Cubs hitting coordinator Anthony Iapoce and others. Baez, the top prospect on MLB.com’s list of Cubs’ 20 prospects, also will play some second and some third base, but do so “at the right time,” Theo Epstein said Friday.

Baez, who be honored on Saturday as the Minor League Player of the Year, was on the Mesa Solar Sox roster for the AFL but the Cubs decided the shortstop needed a break from a long season at Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. He hit 37 home runs and totaled 111 RBIs in 130 games combined.

“What I really like about him is his insincts of the game,” Epstein said. “[It's impressive] for a high school kid to show up in pro ball … to show a feel for the game, a feel to be a winning player. On defense, he’s got a great internal clock, and he knows how fast the runner is at first, he knows what he needs to do, how quick his release has to be on his throw. He was born with it. He showed that in high school and has carried that over into pro ball.”

Jason McLeod, director of scouting and player development, said if Baez did have to move from shortstop, that he felt second would be an easier transition.

“I don’t think any of us envisioned he’d hit 37 home runs,” McLeod said of Baez. “There are very few 20 year olds who did what he did.”

Kyle Hendricks will be honored as the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year on Saturday as well in pre-game ceremonies. McLeod said the right-hander showed a strong ability to “dissect the plate” with his pitches. McLeod also was excited to see how C.J. Edwards, Corey Black and Pierce Johnson developed after strong seasons in the Minors.

As for third base, Kris Bryant, the team’s No. 1 pick in the June First-Year Player Draft, will play in the AFL. He will open next year in either Daytona or Tennessee. The Cubs have two other talented third baseman in Christian Villanueva and Jeimer Candelario. McLeod said Villanueva may be the best defensive third baseman in the organization. The Cubs also are eager to see what Mike Olt can do. He was acquired from the Rangers in the Matt Garza deal, and will spend some time working out in Mesa.

– Carrie Muskat

9/5 Daytona, Boise advance

* C.J. Edwards and Ryan Searle combined on a two-hitter and Kris Bryant drove in two runs to lead Class A Daytona to 4-0 win over Dunedin Wednesday and clinch the Florida State League best-of-three North Championship Series, two games to none. Daytona now faces Charlotte in the best of five FSL Championship Series, starting Thursday.

Edwards, acquired in July from the Rangers in the Matt Garza trade, struck out eight and walked one over five innings, while Searle struck out five over four innings in relief in the game, which was interrupted by rain. Bryant was 3-for-3, hitting a two-run double in the third. Wes Darvill hit a RBI double in the second, and Elliot Soto added another RBI double in the fourth.

* Class A Boise also reached the Northwest League Championship with a win Wednesday. Justin Marra hit a pair of two-run doubles to help Boise beat Salem-Keizer, 11-7, and clinch the South Division Series, two games to none. Boise will now play Vancouver. Marra hit his first double in the first inning, and put Boise ahead for good with another in the third. Kevin Encarnacion and Danny Lockhart each had three hits. Loiger Padron picked up the win in relief, giving up three hits over 2 2/3 innings. This is the 13th trip in franchise history to the championship series for the Hawks, and they are vying for their seventh title.

* On Thursday, the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate, Tennessee, begins Southern League North Division series play against Birmingham in a best of five series at Regions Field. Games 3-5 will be played at Smokies Park.

9/4 Minor matters

Tennessee begins the playoffs on Thursday, facing Birmingham in the best of five Southern League North Division Championship.

Corey Black threw five shutout innings and Kris Bryant delivered a two-run single to help Daytona beat Dunedin 6-1 in the first game of the best of three North Division playoff series. C.J. Edwards is scheduled to start Game 2 on Wednesday at Dunedin. Black, acquired from the Yankees in the Alfonso Soriano deal, struck out seven and walked one. Bryant had two hits, including his big single in a five-run sixth. Pin-Chieh Chen doubled in the first and scored on a wild pitch. Dan Vogelbach also had an RBI.

Paul Blackburn threw seven shutout innings in Boise’s 3-0 win over Salem-Keizer in the first game of the Northwest League playoffs. Game 2 of the best of three series is Wednesday. Kevin Encarnacion had three hits and scored two runs, and Yasiel Balaguert had three hits and two RBIs.

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