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Your weekly update on the Boys of Fall.

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It’s Friday which means I keep you up-to-date on what the Boys of Fall are doing in the Arizona Fall League. Since the last update, the Mesa Solar Sox have gone 3-2 to improve their record to 7-7. That’s good enough to sneak them into first place, a half game ahead of Salt River and Scottsdale, who have a tie against each other on their record.

The hitters:

David Bote: Bote only played in three games over the past week, going 3 for 11 with no extra base hits. Still, his .425 average still leads the league and his 4 home runs are still good enough for second in the league. Bote has an OBP of .489 and a slugging percentage of .750.

Here’s a link to an article about Bote and other Cubs in the AFL.

Charcer Burks: Burks also played three games over the past week and was 2 for 13 with a double. Overall, Burks is hitting .182/.217/.273, albeit in only five games.

Ian Rice: Rice had a good week, playing in three games and getting at least one hit in all three. Rice was 5 for 11 with a walk and four RBI over the week. Rice’s line for the whole season is a strong .391/.517/.565 over seven games. He’s walked more times than he’s struck out (6 to 4), which is always a positive sign for development.

Jason Vosler: Vosler played in five games over the past week and had a hit in four of them. In fact, he had a six-game hitting streak snapped yesterday when he went 0 for 4. Over the past week, Vosler was 4 for 18 with a double and a walk. That’s still not good, but it was an improvement over his earlier performance. HIs overall stats are now .186/.286/.302.

The Pitchers:

Adbert Alzolay: Alzolay proved himself to be human as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk over two innings of relief on Monday. Still Alzolay’s overall line for the season is still a strong 1.13 ERA over eight innings. He’s struck out eight batters and walked just two.

Pedro Araujo: Araujo made just one relief appearance over the past week, throwing a perfect inning on Tuesday with two strikeouts. Overall, Araujo has allowed one run over four innings in four relief appearances for a 2.25 ERA.

Alec Mills: Mills started Monday’s Solar Sox game and got the win after allowing just one run on five hits over four innings. More impressively, he struck out six and did not walk anyone. For the season, Mills has made three starts and is 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA. But the good news is he has 10 strikeouts and just one walk.

Jake Stinnett: Stinnett also threw just one inning of relief over the past week on Tuesday. Like Araujo, he had a perfect inning with two strikeouts in the same game. Stinnett has thrown 5.1 innings this fall and has allowed two runs over three appearances. That’s a 3.38 ERA for those who don’t want to do the math. Stinnett has struck out seven and walked three.