Baez Stars In AFL Debut


It really didn’t take long for Javier Baez to make his presence felt in the Arizona Fall League.  The first 93 mph fastball he saw landed at least 430 feet away beyond the center field wall.  Baez wasn’t done there as he also added a double, and finished with three RBI’s, unfortunately the Solar Sox couldn’t hang on to an early lead and lost 6-5.  I would say that it was a pretty successful debut for all the Cubs involved.  Matt Szczur got the start in CF and finished the night 0-for-2 at the plate, but had a successful sacrifice bunt, and earned two walks from the lead off spot.  Rubi Silva was the only other Cub to swing the bat last night, and he came through with a pinch hit single.  The Cubs excelled on the mound as well in this one as Kevin Rhoderick and Tony Zych each had a scoreless outing. Rhoderick was impressive going 1.2 innings giving up only one hit and striking out three.  Zych worked a scoreless .1 of an inning in his AFL debut, all in all a great start for the Cubs prospects.

Thanks for reading,
– George


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