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November 12, 2013

Minor League Update

AFL Recap for Games of November 11

by Jeff Moore


Hitter of the Day: Addison Russell, SS, A’s (Mesa Solar Sox): 3-5, R, 2B, K. There were a few questions about Russell when he was drafted in 2012, but there are very few surrounding him now. Still shy of his 20th birthday, Russell has handled every assignment put in front of him to this point and is now hitting .307 in the AFL. The strikeouts are a little bit of a concern, but as long as he keeps producing, no one will notice.

Pitcher of the Day: Dallas Beeler, RHP, Cubs (Mesa Solar Sox): 5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. Coming off a start in which he allowed seven unearned runs, Beeler was strong on Monday, pounding the strike zone and generating weak contact.

Seeing it Well

  • Albert Almora, CF, Cubs (Mesa Solar Sox): 3-4, 2B. Add Almora to the list of prospect unfazed by the fact that teenagers aren’t supposed to have this kind of success against advanced minor-league competition. The only question from Almora’s first full regular season in 2013 was how his power would develop, but he has nine extra-base hits in 18 games this fall.
  • Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs (Mesa Solar Sox): 2-3, 2 2B, 2 BB. Bryant cares not for the fatigue at the end of a long season or the fact that AFL competition is

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