Jorge Soler, now a member of the Iowa Cubs, has put on quite a show since coming off the disabled list in mid-June. Soler’s impressive performance has helped him advance two levels in the Chicago Cubs farm system and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.
(stats per baseball-reference.com)
Soler’s output in 2014 has been incredible and his power numbers, in particular, have been outrageous. Kris Bryant has been getting a lot of press for the way he has destroyed AA and AAA pitching this year but Soler has been just as good, from a slugging perspective. In addition to his 10 home runs, Soler has also legged out 15 doubles on the season. And despite all the time he has missed over the last two seasons, Soler is proving that he is far more advanced than his 128 minor league games would indicate. In 39 games this season, Soler has struck out only 27 times and has drawn 21 walks. With that in mind, Should Soler be called up in September?
The case for bring Soler up to the major leagues is a strong one. First off, he has the numbers. Soler has done everything that a player needs to do to prove that he is ready for a shot at the big time. He has hit for power and average while maintaining a disciplined approach at the plate and he has been able to play the field everyday, putting his injuries behind him. Also, Soler is 22 years old and has been playing professional baseball since 2009 (2009 & 2010 in Cuba), and given the strength of the Cubs’ outfield, September is the perfect time for him to get his feet wet.
The case for keeping Soler down on the farm is also a reasonable one. Why risk bringing up a kid as talented as Soler before he is absolutely ready? Soler has played well at every level in the Cubs’ farm system, no question, but where there is no need for him at the big league level right now and he hasn’t had as many reps as he should have had by now (because of the injuries), why push him? Putting a rookie, especially one who is from a different country and different culture, into the lineup on a bad team adds to the stress of being in the major leagues. The last thing we want is for Jorge Soler to become another Brett Jackson.
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