Folks, there is a baseball game tonight! A CHAMPIONSHIP game! Featuring Cubs (prospects)! And it’s televised!
This evening, the Mesa Solar Sox will take on the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League Championship Game. The Solar Sox are paced by soon-to-be-crowned league MVP Nelson Velazquez, who was just added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster. But he’s just one of FOUR Cubs prospects who’ll be starting tonight for Mesa. Andy Weber starts at second base and leads off, Luis Vazquez is batting 9th and manning shortstop, and Caleb Kilian is starting. It’s not THE Cubs prospect team, but hey, that’s 40% of the starters!
First Pitch: 6:00 PM (CT)
TV and Streaming: MLB Network, MLB.com, MLB App
Starting Pitching Matchup
Caleb Kilian (RHP) – Cubs top 10 to 20ish prospect, depending on your ranking service of choice; started the Fall Stars Game, and has generally been regarded as one of the best-performing pitchers in the league (after a disastrous first outing when, according to Sahadev Sharma, Kilian had no time to warm up and had to just head straight to the mound for some reason (also, that was before the switch to the pre-tacked ball)).
Jacques Pucheu (LHP) – Reds prospect, can’t say I’m familiar, and I also will not make an ocean joke.
Mesa Solar Sox
1. Andy Weber, 2B, Cubs
2. Logan Davidson, 3B, A’s
3. JJ Bleday, LF, Marlins
4. Nelson Velazquez, RF, Cubs
5. Gabriel Moreno, C, Blue Jays
6. Spencer Horwitz, 1B, Blue Jays
7. Jonah Bride, DH, A’s
8. Kameron Misner, CF, Marlins
9. Luis Vazquez, SS, Cubs
1. Jackson Cluff, SS, Nationals
2. Nathan Eaton, LF, Royals
3. Elijah Dunham, RF, Yankees
4. Austin Wells, DH, Yankees
5. Justin Foscue, 2B, Rangers
6. Drew Mount, CF, Reds
7. Andres Chaparro, 1B, Yankees
8. Drew Millas, C, Nationals
9. Ezequel Duran, 3B, Rangers