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Jorge Soler is Making a Strong Impression

July 19th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

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After getting off to a slow start due to a hamstring injury, Chicago Cubs’ outfield prospect, Jorge Soler, is having an unbelievable year at AA Tennessee. So much attention has been given to Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber for their great seasons but it is about time Soler got on our radars.

Player

Games

.ave

.obp

.slg

HR

RBI

Soler

16

.412

.466

.882

5

19

Soler’s sample size is still relatively small but it’s hard not to be encouraged by his play.  There is an outside chance that Soler could make an appearance in the big leagues as a September call-up but chances are he will stay in the minor leagues, at least, until mid 2015. 

The Cubs hoped that Soler would be able to bring the same spark that Yasiel Puig has brought to the Los Angeles Dodgers when they signed him to a nine-year, 30 million dollar contract back in 2012 and there is still a very real possibility that he will. But nagging injuries that have caused him to miss significant time and have really hindered his development. Since Jorge Soler reported to Cubs’ rookie-league affiliate in June of 2012, he has only played in 112 games (less than one full minor league season).

The assumption is that the Cubs are reserving right field for Soler, whenever he is ready, and hopefully he is able to stay healthy and on the field from now on. He is proving in 2014 that he has major league talent, without a doubt, but does he have major league durability?

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Tags: Baseball, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, Yasiel Puig

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