The Mesa Solar Sox won the Arizona Fall League’s East Division title and thus qualified for the AFL championship game against the West Division champion Peoria Javelinas. The game will take place this afternoon at 2 p.m. CT at Scottsdale Stadium, spring-training home of the San Francisco Giants.
In last year’s AFL championship game, Ian Happ hit two home runs, presaging his callup to the major leagues in 2017. Happ went 4-for-4 as Mesa won the 2016 league title, so the Solar Sox are going for their second consecutive AFL championship.
It’s not likely that any of the Cubs prospects playing in the AFL this year will make it to the big leagues in 2018, but they are all good players who could be on the Cubs’ major-league roster sometime soon.
Here are today's lineups:
Lineup change for PEO in today Champ game:— Arizona Fall League (@MLBazFallLeague) November 18, 2017
Naylor for De La Guerra pic.twitter.com/OWkd3RHmJV
As you can see, Cubs prospect Charcer Burks is starting this game in left field and Alec Mills, who was with the Cubs in spring training last March, is the starting pitcher for Mesa.
The game is being televised live on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com.
Enjoy the game and this game thread!