Astros prospects continue to do the heavy lifting for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. The team is made up of prospects from several different organizations but you wouldn’t know it from watching the highlight reel. Mesa beat the Phoenix Desert Dogs 8-3 Saturday thanks to key contributions from Jonathan Singleton, George Springer, and Alex Sogard.
Singleton, the Astros top prospect, blasted a two-run homer in the first inning to start the scoring. The Solar Sox trailed 3-2 when George Springer led off the fifth inning with a bloop double to center. Springer would later score to tie the game on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Astros prospect Jiovanni Mier. Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez followed with a 3-run homer, putting the Solar Sox ahead to stay. Okay, so I lied, players from other organizations are making contributions.
The Solar Sox would score two more runs in the seventh, and this time it was all Astros. Mier and Singleton reached base via the walk and Springer plated them both with a single to centerfield. Springer was 2 for 2 on the day and reached base on a walk and a HBP in his other two plate appearances. Singleton went 1 for 2 with a couple of walks while serving as the designated hitter in the cleanup spot.
Mier had the aforementioned walk and run scored and is now 1 for 7 on the young AFL season. A natural shortstop, Mier played 3B to accommodate Baez at short. A first round pick out of Bonita High School in Southern California back in the 2009 draft, Mier is getting a chance in the AFL after an injury-plagued 2012 season. Mier has yet to live up to expectations and could be at a crossroads on his career path.
It’s not just the Astros position players that are getting it done. On the pitching side of things, Astros farm hand Alex Sogard picked up the win. Sogard pitched a scoreless fifth inning that included two strikeouts. In addition to Sogard the Mesa pitching staff includes Astros prospects Jarred Cosart, Nick Tropeano, and Chia-Jen Lo. The Solar Sox will be back in action Monday afternoon when they host Peoria.