Cubs prospects putting Arizona Fall League on notice

Cubs prospects putting Arizona Fall League on notice
October 28, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Tony Andracki

Baseball's biggest fall showcase has brought nothing but good news for the Cubs' top prospects.

A trio of Cubs youngsters -- Kris Bryant, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler -- earned Arizona Fall League All-Star nods for Saturday's game.

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Bryant is third in the league with a .429 average and is blowing everybody out of the water with a whopping 1.373 OPS. The 2013 No. 2 pick paces the league in homers (four), RBI (14), doubles (six) total bases (38), and runs (14). His .933 slugging percentage is nearly 300 points better than the next qualifier (.651 SLG).

Almora, the first draft pick of the Epstein organization, is hitting .297 with an .874 OPS and has struck out just three times in 37 at-bats.

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Soler missed most of the regular season with a stress fracture in his leg but didn't take long to get warmed up in the AFL and was hitting .298 with a homer and four doubles in 10 games entering play Monday.

The trio joins MLB top prospects like Addison Russell, Colin Moran and Byron Buxton in Saturday's All-Star game.

The AFL continues to be the game's top fall league, producing 11 MLB MVPs, three Cy Young winners and 24 Rookies of the Year. The last few AFL All-Star games displayed the likes of Ryan Braun, Jacoby Ellsbury, Andrew McCutchen, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey and Stephen Strasburg.

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Cubs franchise cornerstone Starlin Castro appeared in the 2009 game, just months before making his MLB debut.

Fans can catch Saturday's game on MLB Network or MLB.com. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.