Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-3 in Mesa’s 5-2 loss to Surprise on Friday. Three Cubs pitching prospects were in the game. Ivan Pineyro started, and gave up two hits over three scoreless innings. Gerardo Concepcion allowed one hit over three scoreless innings. Zach Cates gave up one run, which scored on a wild pitch in the seventh.
On Saturday night, Mesa travels to Surprise for a night game, starting at 6:08 p.m. MT, and which will be televised on MLB Network and streamed on MLB.com. After an off day Sunday, the Arizona Fall League kicks off its final week of action. Mesa will travel to Glendale on Monday.
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.
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.
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
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 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
* Albert Almora was 2-for-5 with one RBI in Mesa’s 5-4, 11-inning loss to Glendale on Thursday in Arizona Fall League play. Travis Mattair hit a walkoff RBI single off Cubs prospect Matt Loosen with one out in the 11th. On Friday, Mesa plays host to Surprise at HoHoKam Stadium.
* Junior Lake was 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and one RBIs for Estrellas which lost 8-4 to Aguilas on Thursday in the Dominican Winter League. Former Cubs outfielder Felix Pie homered with one out in the fourth, and Lake followed with his first home run.
* Daniel Bard is pitching in Puerto Rico this winter, and had a rough outing in his first appearance on Tuesday. The right-hander hit three batters, walked another and threw a wild pitch. Two runs scored off Bard, who failed to retire a batter.
— Carrie Muskat
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.
Arizona Fall League
* Jorge Soler hit a go-ahead two-run double in the fifth to help the Mesa Solar Sox beat Salt River 5-4 Monday night in a rain-shortened Arizona Fall League game. Yes, it rains in Arizona. Cubs pitching prospect Matt Loosen picked up the win in relief. On Tuesday, the Solar Sox — or “Soler Sox” — play at Salt River, and that game will be broadcast on MLB Network at 7 p.m. Arizona time.
* Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Licey’s 2-1 win over Aguilas in Dominican Winter League play.
* Christian Villanueva was batting .245 in 14 games in the Mexican Winter League with two home runs and three doubles.
* Hector Rondon has not given up a run in five innings over five games in relief in the Venezuelan Winter League, and has walked one and struck out five.
* Marcus Hatley has given up one earned run over 8 2/3 innings in nine games in relief in the Mexican Winter League. Hatley has struck out 14 and walked two.
— Carrie Muskat