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11/2 AFL update

Cubs 2007 No. 1 pick Josh Vitters hit a two-run homer in the fourth, his second in the Arizona Fall League, to help the Mesa Solar Sox beat the Peoria Saguaros, 15-1, on Monday. Vitters added a RBI single in the fifth and now is batting .255. Ryan Flaherty went 3-for-4 with a double and one RBIs and was hitting .367. The Solar Sox and Saguaros square off again Tuesday in Peoria.

– Carrie Muskat

10/31 AFL update

Cubs prospect Jake Muyco served up four runs on seven hits over four innings and took the loss in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 12-6 loss Saturday to Phoenix in Arizona Fall League Play. Muyco, a converted catcher, struck out four but also gave up two home runs, both to Cory Harrilchak, who connected in the second and the fourth. Chris Carpenter gave up four runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning and Kyle Smit was charged with one hit and one walk over 1 2/3 innings. Ryan Flaherty went 3-for-4 and Josh Vitters 2-for-5 with one RBI, hitting a RBI single in the eighth. The Solar Sox have Sunday off and return to action Monday, playing host to the Peoria Saguaros at HoHoKam Stadium.

– Carrie Muskat

10/30 AFL update

Brett Jackson was 0-for-2 and Ryan Flaherty 1-for-3 in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 9-1 loss to Scottsdale in Arizona Fall League play on Friday. The Solar Sox play host to Phoenix on Saturday, and Jake Muyco, a catcher converting to pitcher, was slated to start. In three starts so far, he’s given up 10 earned runs on 16 hits and four walks over 8 2/3 innings for a 10.38 ERA.

– Carrie Muskat

10/29 AFL update

Josh Vitters scored a run and stole a base but it wasn’t enough as the Mesa Solar Sox lost 6-4 to the Peoria Javelinas on Thursday in Arizona Fall League Play. Vitters is batting .222 so far while teammate Ryan Flaherty is batting .289 and riding a five-game hitting streak. Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in the 2009 Draft, is 3-for-10 with a double and five RBIs in three AFL games. The Solar Sox play at Scottsdale against the Scorpions Friday night.

– Carrie Muskat

10/27 AFL update

Cubs prospect Josh Vitters went 2-for-6 with two doubles and one RBI and scored two runs in Mesa’s 18-9 victory over the Peoria Saguaros on Tuesday in Arizona Fall League play. Vitters doubled in the second but was stranded and then hit a RBI double in the third. Ryan Flaherty was 1-for-5 and scored two runs in the win. The Saguaros committed six errors in the game but Josh Harrison was the star. The Pirates’ prospect went 4-for-5, including a home run and two doubles, drove in three runs, and scored five. Mesa plays host to Scottsdale Wednesday at HoHoKam Stadium.

– Carrie Muskat

10/26 AFL update

Brett Jackson went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Ryan Flaherty added a RBI single in the third Monday but it wasn’t enough as the Mesa Solar Sox lost 8-6 to the Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play. Cubs pitcher Jake Muyco took the loss in 2 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on six hits, including two home runs. Jackson, playing his second game with the Solar Sox, hit a RBI single in the second and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. On Tuesday, Mesa travels to Peoria to face the Saguaros.

– Carrie Muskat

10/23 AFL update

Ryan Flaherty was 1-for-4 and Josh Vitters was hitless in four at-bats in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 6-2 loss to the Peoria Saguaros Friday in Arizona Fall League action. The Solar Sox play host to Surprise at HoHoKam Park Saturday night in Mesa. Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in 2009, was expected to play Monday for Mesa. He’s been sidelined with a sore heel.

– Carrie Muskat

10/21 AFL update

Josh Vitters went 2-for-3 with a first inning double in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 6-3 loss to Scottsdale Scorpions Wednesday in Arizona Fall League play. Vitters started at third, and now is batting .308. Ryan Flaherty, another Cubs prospect, was hitless in four at-bats. Kyle Smit, whom the Cubs acquired from the Dodgers in the Ryan Theriot-Ted Lilly deal, took the loss, giving up two runs on two hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Smit got into trouble in the fifth. With one out, he walked two batters then gave up a single to A.J. Pollock to load the bases. Smit walked Conor Gillaspie to force in a run, and was lifted. Chris Carpenter, another Cubs prospect, replaced Smit and served up a RBI single to Jordan Pacheco to give Scottsdale a 3-1 lead. The two teams square off again Thursday in Mesa.

– Carrie Muskat

10/20 AFL update

Josh Vitters was 2-for-5 with an RBI and Ryan Flaherty was 1-for-2 and scored two runs in the Mesa Solar Sox 6-5 win Tuesday over the Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League play. Cubs prospect Jake Muyco started and gave up one run on four hits and two walks over three innings while David Cales, who played for Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa last season, picked up the win, pitching two innings in relief. The Solar Sox face Scottsdale Wednesday night.

– Carrie Muskat

8/31 AFL roster – UPDATED

The Cubs have seven players who will play in the Arizona Fall League, which begins Oct. 12. The list includes pitchers David Cales, Chris Carpenter, Jake Muyco and Kyle Smit, infielders Ryan Flaherty and Josh Vitters, and outfielder Brett Jackson. They’ll all be on the Mesa Solar Sox roster, which will be managed by Casey Kopitzke.

Vitters has been sidelined with a broken hand after he was hit by a pitch in late July. He began the season at Class A Daytona and batted .291 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 28 games, then was promoted to Double-A Tennessee, where he batted .223 in 63 games.

“Vitters is healthy,” Cubs player development director Oneri Fleita said Tuesday. “He’ll start taking ground balls this week. He starts hitting next week. The plan is to be ready for instructional league on [Sept. 15] when we arrive and he’ll play in the Arizona Fall League. He’ll get the at-bats he missed and then go to our winter program in Arizona and get ready for Spring Training.”

Jackson, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in 2009, also began the season at Daytona and hit .316 in 67 games with six homers, 19 doubles and 38 RBIs. He was moved up to Tennessee on June 27 and was hitting .274 in 55 games with five homers, 11 doubles, five triples and 23 RBIs. Jackson was hitting .250 in August.

“It’s the first time he’s played 140 games,” Fleita said of the outfielder. “He didn’t get much time off. He’s being challenged. As soon as [the Smokies] get into the playoffs, I’m sure his juices will get going.”

The other Cubs players who will compete for the Mesa Solar Sox in the AFL include pitchers David Cales, Chris Carpenter, Jake Muyco and Kyle Smit and infielder Ryan Flaherty.

Cales has pitched solely in relief, appearing in 35 games at Tennessee and compiling a 2.51 ERA with 11 saves before he was promoted to Triple-A Iowa July 8. A right-hander who was a 24th-round pick in 2008 and “throws from a different angle,” Fleita said, Cales has a 7.43 ERA in 20 games at Iowa.

Carpenter was 8-6 with a 3.16 ERA in 23 games at Tennessee, striking out 100 in 119 2/3 innings. He was moved up to Iowa Aug. 24 and in two starts, did not have a record, and has given up seven runs on 16 hits and six walks over nine innings.

Muyco, a converted catcher, appeared in 40 games, all in relief at Tennessee, posting a 3.67 ERA, and has pitched at Iowa this month, with a 4.91 ERA in 11 relief appearances.

Smit was acquired from the Dodgers along with Blake DeWitt for Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot. In nine games in relief with the Cubs’ Tennessee team, he’s 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA.

Flaherty has played second, shortstop and third, and batted .288 in 101 games with Daytona, hitting nine homers, 33 doubles and three triples with 59 RBIs. In 23 games at Tennessee, he’s batting .183 with one homer and two doubles.

– Carrie Muskat

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