The Major League season has long been over for the north siders which has us here at WSD looking towards the future. I’ve been wondering which of the Cubs 4 top prospect hitters would get an invite to the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and today I got my answer.
Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora will all be going to the AFL and showcase their talent against top competition. Arodys Vizcaino, Armando Rivero, Dallas Beeler and Matt Loosen will also be joining them.
The AFL is no joke. The Alumni list reads like a current who’s who of Major League Baseball. Mike Trout and Bryce Harper both played there in the same year and there’s a Facebook page that will periodically send you an update about an alumnus who is in the current news.
AFL rosters combine organizations and the Cubs prospects will join players from the Angels, A’s, Nationals and Tigers organizations on the Mesa Solar Sox.
Hitters are usually the premier talent in the group for a variety of reasons. Organizations tend to not like their pitching prospects to go extra innings after the season is complete but there have been a few good ones to roll through the event (Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter are the most notable pitchers).
The Cubs quartet has been getting a lot of attention in prospect circles around the league and it’s going to be interesting to see how they handle the AFL. The Cubs organization has been on the rise when it comes to prospect rankings, but it was still a moderate surprise that all 4 of the Cubs top hitting prospects got an invite.
People view this league as graduate school for the minors, I’m eager to watch how this group of Cubs prospects grades out.