Arizona Fall League
Albert Almora has the glove to play in the Arizona Fall league at age 19 but today he proved his bat belongs too. The Cubs first-round pick in 2012 had four hits, including smacking the first pitch he saw over the left-field fence. He added two singles and a double, driving in three runs with two runs scored from the leadoff spot. In 61 games at Kane County hit year, Almora had 11 games where he had three or more hits.
3B Kris Bryant drilled a three-run bomb over the centerfield fence in the first and added a single (2-3). Bryant was charged with an error at thrid. DH Jorge Soler was 1-5 with two runs, but his double cleared the bases driving in three. Wes Darvill made the most of his at-bat hitting a line drive, two-run homer in the eighth. Darvill is a member of the Solar Sox taxi-squad, playing twice a week.
Mesa (1-0-1) play at Salt River on Thursday and at Surprise on Friday. Dallas Beeler is expected to make the start on Friday night.
Cubs take 6 off 40-man roster
The Chicago Cubs announced six players had cleared waivers and been outrighted to AAA Iowa. RHP Rafael Dolis, RHP Zach Putnam, and OF Thomas Neal were taken off the 60-day disabled list before clearing waivers while OF Darnell McDonald, C J.C. Boscan, RHP Trey McNutt also cleared waivers.
With the moves, the Cubs 40-man roster currently stands at 37 but Mat Gamel, Arodys Vizcaino, Matt Guerrier and Kyuji Fujikawa still remain on the 60-day DL, and an additional spot will needed if they plan on keeping all four. The Cubs also need to protect some prospects that will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft, including Arismendy Alcantara, so expect more 40-man roster moves in the coming weeks.
Putnam, Neal, McDonald, and Boscan were all free agent acquisitions over the last year while Dolis and McNutt are homegrown players.
Dolis pitched in five games for the Cubs in May (0-0 0.00 ERA, 5IP) and then headed to the DL in early June. The right-hander was on track for a September comeback in Chicago rehabbing in Mesa but that ended after nine pitches in Kane County at the end of August, leaving with an arm injury. Dolis was signed in 2004 and spent time in Chicago over the past three seasons, playing in 34 games in 2012 (2-4 6.39 ERA, 38 IP).
McNutt pitched in 27 games for AA Tennessee (2-5 4.60 ERA) before going on the DL at the end of June. He made two rehab starts in Mesa in early August but didn't pitch again. McNutt was the Cubs 32nd round pick in 2009 and came into the 2012 season as the Cubs # 4 ranked prospect.
Putnam pitched in five games allowing seven earned runs in 3.1 innings before going on the DL with right elbow soreness. Neal's tenure with the Cubs lasted two games as he dislocated his right shoulder and went to the DL in early August. McDonald, 34, was a late season call-up and hit .302/.351/.434 in 25 games for Chicago. Boscan, 33, played six games with Chicago after a September call-up. It was his 17th season of pro ball.