October 20, 2012 AFL Recap

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Mesa gave up 14 runs in the first two innings and would up losing to Surprise 16-10.  The Cub’s prospects did ok for themselves as Javier Baez connected on his third home run of the AFL season.  He ended the night 1-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.  Matt Szczur led off and went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.  Tony Zych was the only Cubs pitcher to have an appearance allowing one run on two hits in one inning of work.

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-Mark

October 19, 2012 AFL Recap; Solar Sox Get Smacked Around

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It usually goes like this when you are struggling as a team, once the hitting picks up the pitching disappears, and that’s exactly what happened in this one.  It was also a terrible day for Cubs prospects not named Kevin Rhoderick, Rhoderick tossed a scoreless inning of relief in this one.  Nick Struck wasn’t so lucky as he battled command issues all day, he gave up three runs on two hits it just .2 innings while walking three.  It didn’t get much better at the plate, Javier Baez had another 0-for-4 performance which drops his average to .212 in the AFL this season.  Matt Szczur returned to the lineup and finished the day 0-for-5, Rubi Silva was productive in a back up role today going 1-for-2 with a triple and an RBI.  The Solar Sox can’t buy a win right now, with the loss they drop to 3-7 on the year.

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– George

October 18, 2012 AFL Recap; Solar Sox Continue to Struggle

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It was a quiet day for the Cubs prospects in this one, not just based on production but playing time as only Baez and Silva made appearances.  The Solar Sox fell behind early, by the 5th inning it was 8-0 and all but over, luckily no Cubs pitchers worked in this one.  Javier Baez was back in the lineup at SS today and had a very rough afternoon.  Baez was 0-for-4 at the plate, he did score a run, but he also made two errors which brings his 2012 AFL total to four.  Rubi Silva got the start in RF in this one and went hitless in three at bats, all in all not a good day as the Solar Sox continue their losing ways and the Cubs prospects in action struggled, mightily.

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– George

 

October 17 AFL Recap; Solar Sox Bats Go Quiet

 

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Cubs prospect Dae-Eun Rhee got the start in this one and unfortunately he also got the loss.  Rhee gave up three runs on five hits, he didn’t walk anyone, and he struck out four in four innings.  With the rough outing Rhee dropped to 0-1 on the AFL season, and his ERA jumped to 7.50.  Tony Zych also got a chance to throw in this one and once again he tossed a scoreless inning, par for the course for Zych so far this Fall.  Matt Szczur was 1-for-3 from the lead off spot, he also drew a walk and was caught stealing for the first time this season.  No other Cubs got a chance to swing the bat in this one, with the loss the Mesa Solar Sox drop to 3-5 on the campaign.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Mesa Solar Sox Recap – October 14 Through October 16

Sunday October 14, 2012

No Game.

Monday October 15, 2012

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A six run fifth was too much for Mesa as they lost to Peoria 9-2.  Matt Szczur led off and was really good on Monday going 3-for-4 with a double bringing his average up to .368.  He also scored a run, drove one in, and stole his fourth base of the AFL.  Javier Baez got another start at shortstop and went 0-for-4 with an RBI.  There were no pitchers from the Cubs system who pitched on Monday.

Tuesday October 16, 2012

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Mesa dropped another to Peoria on Tuesday losing 4-2.  The Cubs system was well represented on Tuesday as five different players made appearances.  After a great game on Monday Matt Szczur led off once again this time going 0-for-4.  Rubi Silva got the start as the DH and just like Szczur was 0-for-4.  Javier Baez started as well, this time at third base.  He was 2-for-4 with an RBI and is now hitting .280 with nine RBIs this fall.  Kevin Rhoderick pitched a scoreless inning in relief, allowing only one hit and striking out two.  Nick Struck also got an inning of work, pitching a scoreless ninth for Mesa.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

No More Len and Bob; Brenly Not Returning to Cubs

It’s official, Bob Brenly will not return to the Cubs booth in 2013, I always welcomed Bob’s thoughts and humor.  Towards the end of this year you could tell, or at least I could tell that Bob was not exactly interested in watching a losing team every year.  I’m sure Bob has another gig lined up, many think he will take the same position with the D-Backs, but that has not been confirmed.  Once I hear where he’s going I will pass it along, best of luck to Bob.

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– George

Tigers Complete Deal For Jeff Baker….WOW

The last time I was this excited about a trade by the Cubs I thought Randall Delgado was coming to the Cubs, which is why I waited to report this until it was confirmed by the Cubs.  Okay, maybe I’m not THAT excited but the fact that I’m excited at all about the return for a Jeff Baker should tell you something.  Back when the Cubs traded Jeff Baker the return was to be two PTBNL (Players to be named later), well that deal has been tweaked a bit and it’s for the better.  The Tigers completed the deal by sending Josue Carreno (Full name – Josue Marcelo Carreno) a 6’1″, 170 pound 21-year-old right-handed starting pitcher, who MLB.com has as the 11th best prospect in the Tigers system to the Cubs…. for JEFF BAKER.  Here is the full report from MLB.com…

Carreno made his full-season debut in 2011, and although his performance was up-and-down, he was much stronger in the second half, with a 3.48 ERA and one strikeout per inning. He cut down his overall walk rate while keeping his strikeout rate constant from the previous summer. Better command of his fastball, curve and changeup could help him become a solid middle-of-the-rotation type, though he had success in a relief role during winter ball in Venezuela last offseason.

Yeah, you read that correctly, the Cubs traded Jeff Baker to the Tigers for a 21-year-old starting pitcher that has the stuff to be a “solid middle of the rotation type” down the road.  On the surface this is an absolute win for Theo Epstein and the Cubs, nothing against Jeff Baker, but he doesn’t seem to be the type of player that would solicit this type of player in return.  Honestly I’m completely shocked at this return as Carreno now enters a Cubs system that is short on arms and could find himself as a top 10 pitching prospect in the organization.

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– George