The Arizona Fall League is a little over a week old, and there haven’t been a huge number of big Cubs-related stories to share out of the league. So far, there is no Kris Bryant doing hilarious things on a daily basis.
But, checking in on the league and the Cubs’ prospects therein …
- The Mesa Solar Sox, the team on which Cubs prospects play, have had a rough go of it, dropping five of their first seven games. They did manage to win last night, though, with some healthy contributions from Cubs prospects. C.J. Edwards made the start, going three scoreless, allowing just one hit and one walk, and striking out three. Addison Russell DH’d and had a double and a walk in four plate appearances. Bijan Rademacher started in right field, notching two singles in four at bats.
- Statistically, it hasn’t been a great start for Cubs prospects, with Russell’s .364 OBP just about the only positive thing to which you cant point on the offensive side. Dan Vogelbach has a .377 OPS with seven strikeouts in four games, and Jacob Hannemann has a .367 OPS with four strikeouts in four games. Rademacher has hit well in his two games. Again, these are all the smallest of sample sizes, so don’t take too much out of it.
- Edwards has had a couple nice outings, as has Zach Cates in relief. It’s been a struggle for Gerardo Concepcion (5 ER and 4 BB in 3 IP), and Ivan Pineyro has made just one appearance.
- A short video of a Russell single – such a uniquely interesting swing:
- A little more on Edwards’ appearance last night from MLB.com, including his thoughts on the new pace of play rules (doesn’t sound like he’s bothered).
- Carrie Muskat wrote up a piece on Russell, including his appearance at second base. Versatility and options.