Thanks to Javier Baez’s strikeout performance last summer the issue of punch-outs has taken center stage in all discussions about the Chicago Cubs’ offense. Baez’s strikeout totals, aside from being at historic levels, were such an issue because he had become completely unreliable on the offensive side of the ball, but, Cubs’ rookie, Jorge Soler is experiencing something similar this year (although on a much smaller scale) and has managed to stay productive. Entering play yesterday the 23-year-old has struck out in exactly one third of his plate appearances and, in fact, is leading the Major Leagues in the category with 23. However, no one, and I do mean no one, is talking about it because he is still getting the job done.
(Stats per Cubs.com)
Despite leading the league in strikeouts, Soler had posted a slash line of .295/.362/.475 and his production on balls put in play has been out of this world, hitting .474 in those instances.Read more... Join the Conversation...