If you’re already missing the Orioles, and you’re looking to take a baseball-related trip, you might want to consider a journey to Phoenix.
For the next four weeks, several Orioles prospects are playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.
The 20-year-old league has six teams. Along with the Dodgers, Astros, Cubs and Tigers, the Orioles help supply the Solar Sox. Most games are in the afternoon. Entering Thursday afternoon’s game with Scottsdale, the Solar Sox are 3-5.
The league, which is known as a showcase for future stars, features mainly afternoon games in the Phoenix area.
The Orioles sent outfielder L.J. Hoes, who had some September experience with the major league team, promising infielder Jonathan Schoop, pitchers Mike Belfiore, Chris Petrini, Clay Schrader, Mike Wright and catcher Brian Ward.
Schoop is batting .313 in his first six games and Hoes, who spent three weeks with the Orioles, is 2-for-7 in his first two.
In two starts, Wright is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was impressed with Wright when he stepped in during spring training and shut down the Yankees after Alfredo Simon was hurt.
The league runs through Nov. 15. The championship game is Nov. 17. Games start at either 12:35 p.m. or 6:35 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for children or seniors 55 or over.