Cubs prospects dominate in AFL

October, 9, 2013
10/09/13
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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Chicago Cubs prospects wasted no time in creating a buzz at the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday.

Playing for the Mesa Solar Sox on just the league’s second day of games, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Wes Darvill and Kris Bryant combined for eight hits, three home runs and 11 RBIs in a 13-3 victory over the Glendale Dogs.

Almora had four hits, including a lead-off home run. Bryant also had a first-inning home run, while Darvill went deep in the eighth after taking over at third base for Bryant.

Bryant was a first-round pick in the June draft, while Almora was the Cubs' top pick in 2012. Soler was signed after defecting from Cuba in 2012, and Darvill was a fifth-round pick in 2009.

None of those Cubs are even the team’s top prospect. Shortstop Javier Baez was scheduled to play in the Fall League but opted out, citing exhaustion after his minor league season saw him dominate Single-A and Double-A.

Soler and Almora are getting their first game action after ending their seasons injured. Bryant led all college players with 31 home runs last year, while Darvill took Baez’s place on the fall roster. None of the prospects is on pace to make the Cubs out of spring training in 2014, but several could make it to the big leagues before the season is over.

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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