Well, if the future Cubs are going to hit like this they can re-hire Dale Sveum and it isn't going to matter. The Mesa Solar Sox started 3 Cubs today and each drove in 3 runs and just for good measure, Wes Darvill got into the game late and hit a 2 run bomb as well.
- Albert Almora is one of those guys you can probably roll out of bed at 3 in the morning, putting him in the batters box and he'll line a single up the middle. Despite missing much of the 2nd half, Almora picked up right where he left off, going 4 for 4 with a double, a HR and 3 RBI. He also scored 3 runs. Ohhh...and he also made a diving catch in CF. I had Almora as my top Cubs prospect mid season because I believe he is both the Cubs best pure hitter and the best defender in the organization at a premium position. He has the potential for 2 plus to plus-plus tools with all the other tools being average or better, including a strong, accurate arm that generated 9 assists despite missing more than half the season.
- Jorge Soler only had one hit but it was a bases clearing double. He went 1 for 5, scored 2 and drove in 3 runs. He struck out once.
- Kris Bryant had his second connsecutive big day and went 2 for 3 with a walk, including a 3-run HR. He has 5 hits in two games and is hitting .556 (5 for 9). Not to quibble but he did make an error and struck out once.
- Utility infield prospect Wes Darvill came in late and got an AB and promptly hit a 2 run HR, making it 11 RBI for Cubs prospects on the day. Darvill, if you remember, was drafted in the 5th round as a 17 year old spindly SS with good athleticism but not a ton of strength. He has a good approach at the plate and works counts, though he isn't enough of a threat at the plate yet to turn them into walks. He was one of the Cubs put through their strength training program last offseason and put on 30 pounds of muscle. One person inside the Cubs organization told me he is a sleeper to watch for next season.
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