For the first time in several years, the Oakland A's Arizona Fall League participants are not suiting up for the Desert Dogs' franchise. Instead, the A's can be found on the roster of the Mesa Solar Sox. The Solar Sox got the AFL season off and rolling on Tuesday in their opener against the Glendale Desert Dogs.
Although their season began on Tuesday, the Solar Sox will need to wait another day before they record their first win or loss of the season. They battled the Desert Dogs for 11 innings before the game was called due to lack of pitchers. The final score was 8-8.
The Oakland A's top prospect, shortstop Addison Russell, got the start for the Solar Sox at shortstop. He batted lead-off and reached base four times with a double and two walks in four official at-bats. Russell also stole a base and made some nifty defensive plays, although he was also charged with a throwing error.
Catcher David Freitas also got the start in the opener. Batting ninth, Freitas went 0-for-4, but he did score a run and he was hit by a pitch. The A's other position prospect on the Solar Sox's roster, Max Muncy, did not appear in the game.
Of the four A's pitchers on the Solar Sox's roster, only lefty Jeff Urlaub pitched in the opener. He had a quick seventh inning, striking out a batter and retiring the side on just eight pitches. He allowed a single by picked off the runner. Seth Frankoff, Omar Duran and Ryan Dull are the other A's pitchers in the AFL.