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Sunday Spotlight: Jorge Soler & Kyle Schwarber

August 17th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

It has been a while since either Jorge Soler or Kyle Schwarber have been in the news, in part because the excitement of Javier Baez’s promotion to the big leagues, but also because of their play. Both prospects have been all over Chicago Cubs’ publications because of their tremendous starts to their respective 2014 campaigns, but both have cooled off significantly this month.

Jorge Soler:

Level

Games

.ave

.obp

HR

RBI

RK

8

.400

.500

1

6

AA

22

.415

.494

6

22

AAA

22

.257

.366

5

18

Total

52

.344

.440

12

46

(stats per baseball-reference.com)

Jorge Soler has gotten lost in all the Kris Bryant news coming out of the Iowa Cubs but he’s hasn’t exactly done anything to steal the spotlight back. Soler is hitting just .250 in his last ten games and his average with the Iowa Cubs has fallen to .257. Given Soler’s recent drop off, there have been concerns about whether or not he will be called up to the big leagues come September 1st. General manager, Jed Hoyer has been vague, but also realistic, about the situation saying that Soler’s future will be (partly) determined by the Iowa Cubs’ playoff status; “They worked hard down there. We don't want to raid them and leave them with nothing if they do make the playoffs”. The Iowa Cubs (67-60) currently have a one game lead in their division of the Pacific Coast League.

Kyle Schwarber:

Level

Games

.ave

.obp

HR

RBI

A-

5

.600

.625

4

10

A

23

.361

.448

4

15

A+

28

.245

.383

3

14

Total

56

.330

.433

11

39

(stats per baseball-reference.com)

Kyle Schwarber has also cooled off as of late after absolutely destroying A- and A pitching. Since his promotion to A+ Daytona, Schwarber is hitting just .245 with three home runs in 28 games. He is also hitting .250 in his last ten games but, unlike Soler, Schwarber did not get off to a hot start for his current team. His play over the last month has been pretty consistent and but also well below the level he played at in his first two stops. Schwarber’s slump can be attributed to two factors: 1) the pitching at A+ is simply better than the pitching at A- and A ball, so an adjustment period is natural. 2) Schwarber could be a bit off his game because of where he is playing defensively. Believe it or not, where a guy plays in the field can have a tremendous impact on his hitting and since his promotion to Daytona, Schwarber has been behind the plate only 21% of the time; a significant drop off from his stints in Boise (40%) and Kane County (39%). Schwarber has been playing more and more leftfield in an attempt to move through the Cubs’ minor leagues as fast as possible and the position change could be affecting his state of mind at the plate.

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Tags: Baseball, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Javier Baez, Jed Hoyer, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, MLB

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