While your attention (and mine, to be honest) has been glued to the World Series, they’re still playing baseball in Arizona. The Mesa Solar Sox are 10-8 and two Cubs prospects, outfielder Eloy Jimenez and reliever James Farris, have been named to this Saturday’s “Fall Stars” Game. Additionally, this year the AFL is doing a “Final 2” vote just like the All-Star Game, and we need you all to stuff the ballot box for second baseman Ian Happ, who is one of the three candidates for the final spot on the roster.
Jimenez has played 10 games for the Solar Sox this fall, and while he’s only hitting .250 (10-for-40), he has 3 home runs, which is tied for the league lead. Jimenez has also walked five times and doubled, which gives him a triple-slash line of .250/.333/.500.
Farris, who pitched for Myrtle Beach and Tennessee last summer, has made five relief appearances so far, each one inning of length. He’s given up just two hits and two walks in that span and no runs. Farris has struck out six.
Happ, who also spent the summer with the Pelicans and Smokies, is just 8-for-35. But four of those hits were doubles and he’s walked five times, so his triple-slash line is .229/.325/.343.
The other Cubs position player who is currently playing in the AFL is catcher Victor Caratini. Caratini is 6-for-37 with two doubles. His line is .162/.256/.217 over 11 games.
Three other pitchers have thrown for the Solar Sox. Duane Underwood Jr. has made two starts for Mesa. He’s thrown a total of six inning and has allowed a total of six runs. That includes two home runs out of the eight hits he’s allowed. He also made the news briefly for allowing the first official professional hit to Tim Tebow.
Reliever Ryan McNeil has had it the roughest in Arizona. McNeil has made five relief appearances and he’s been hammered for ten runs in seven innings, good for a 12.86 ERA. Two of his nine hits allowed have been home runs. He’s struck out six and walked five.
Stephen Perakslis has made just two relief appearances this fall and he hasn’t allowed a run over 2.1 innings. He’s just given up one hit and one walk while striking out four.
The “Fall Stars” Game will take place at 7 p.m. Central time this Saturday, November 5. The game will be televised on the MLB Network.