Living in Arizona in the offseason will give manager Dale Sveum the luxury of watching top Cubs prospects Javier Baez Albert Almora Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant play in the Arizona Fall League for Mesa.

And Sveum will be able to weigh many options based on the fact some players such as Baez will play positions other than shortstop in an effort to help their versatility as well as help the Cubs in the future. A's top prospect Addison Russell also is on Mesa's roster.

"I'm sure Javy will get some time (at shortstop) but if he moves around the diamond a little bit that's a great thing" general manager Jed Hoyer said.

Hoyer pointed to the Cardinals whose success stems partly from the ability of Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig to play more than one position.

Hoyer added that Bryant a third baseman could play some in the outfield.

"The more versatility our guys have the better" Hoyer said. "You will see some guys move around the diamond. It doesn't mean we're thinking about moving them off their primary position. It just means it can help help the major league club in the future if they can move around."

In the case of Baez it could help the Cubs decide whether he can handle third base — perhaps as soon as 2014. Entering play Tuesday night Baez is batting .287 with 35 home runs and 105 RBIs at Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. Baez is batting .308 with four home runs in his last six games for Tennessee. He is batting .390 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 25 games this month.

Of the top four players Almora will be on the taxi squad meaning he can activated for games on only Wednesdays and Saturdays. Almora has been sidelined for nearly the entire month because of a groin injury but Hoyer expects him to be ready for the AFL and he can be activated for the entire season in the event of an injury to another player on the Mesa roster.

"They're going to face other teams' best prospects consistently and good arms at the same time and the evaluation keeps going on" Sveum said. "It's nice for them. The biggest thing is to face good competition on an everyday basis and understanding all those pitchers have the ability to pitch in the big leagues and probably will at some time. That's what you're going to be facing on a daily basis."

Hoyer tempered some of the hype that Cubs fans may expect all four players to play prominent roles with the Cubs in 2015.

"Guys will develop at their own pace but it should be a lot of fun to watch" Hoyer said. "We just hope they perform and continue their development especially for the guys who didn't play a whole season. They can get quality at-bats and catch up with what they missed during the season."

Other Cubs minor leaguers assigned to Mesa were pitchers Dallas Beeler Matt Loosen and Armando Rivero of Tennessee and Arodys Vizcaino who missed the entire 2013 season because of right elbow surgery.

AFL play begins Oct. 8 and concludes Nov. 16.