The Mesa Solar Sox beat the Phoenix Desert Dogs 10-6 on Opening Day in the Arizona Fall League Tuesday. Starlin Castro, one of the Cubs’ top prospects, drove in three and scored a run in the win. Castro was the Solar Sox designated hitter and finished the game 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Castro delivered a two-out, two-run single in the top of the fourth and singled home his third run in the sixth.
Several of the Cubs top prospects are participating in the AFL. Here’s a complete list … as well as the box score and recap from Opening Day in Arizona. Starlin Castro was the only Cub that played on Opening Day. Castro is expected to start at short on Wednesday with Josh Vitters at third base. John Gaub, Blake Parker and James Russell are all slated to pitch on Wednesday at HoHoKam Park.
Chicago Cubs Prospects on Mesa Solar Sox Roster:
- Andrew Cashner – RHP – 3-4 in 24 starts between the Daytona Cubs and Tennessee Smokies with a 2.60 ERA … held opponents to a .207 batting average. 75 strikeouts, 42 walks and 76 hits in 100 1/3 innings
- John Gaub – LHP – 4-2 in 52 games, all out of the bullpen, with five saves between the Tennessee Smokies and Iowa Cubs with a 2.52 ERA … held opponents to a .172 average. 80 strikeouts, 33 walks and 36 hits in 60 innings.
- Blake Parker – RHP – 2-3 in 55 games, all out of the bullpen, with 25 saves (20 for the I-Cubs) between the Tennessee Smokies and Iowa Cubs with a 2.70 ERA … held opponents to a .196 average. 77 strikeouts, 35 walks and 44 hits in 63 1/3 innings.
- James Russell – LHP – 5-6 in 37 games, 12 starts, between the Tennessee Smokies and Iowa Cubs with a 4.03 ERA … opponents hit .281 against him. 72 strikeouts, 28 walks and 116 hits in 102 2/3 innings
- Welington Castillo – C – .232/.275/.386 line in 95 games for the Tennessee Smokies with 16 doubles and 11 home runs
- Starlin Castro – SS – .299/.342/.392 line in 127 games between the Daytona Cubs and Tennessee Smokies with 23 doubles, six triples and three home runs
- Josh Vitters – 3B – .284/.314/.456 line in 120 games between the Peoria Chiefs and Daytona Cubs with 19 doubles, three triples and 18 home runs
The CCO will post updates on the AFL and other Cubs participating in Winter Ball this off-season. Jeff Samardzija is pitching in the Mexican Winter League with Mexicali and is joined by Cubs’ farmhands Matt Camp, Brian Schlitter and Brad Snyder. Bobby Dickerson, the I-Cubs manager, is managing the team.
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