Soler POWER – Jorge Soler Called Up To Chicago

Baez and Soler in Iowa Cubs Dugout (Scott Morgan / Chicago Tribune)
Jorge Soler (Photo: Stephen Green)

Jorge Soler (Photo: Stephen Green)

Obviously you’re not a golfer.  Obviously On Press Row is full of Cubs fans.  Now the Chicago Cubs are full of Iowa Cubs with Jorge Soler getting taken out late in an Iowa Cubs game.  Twitter went nuts, as it often does.  Admist the “John Cena Sucks” tweets and Emmy reactions after news broke that Jorge was taken out of the game.  Is he hurt?  Did he get called up?  Cubs expert and Missouri Valley Basketball color commentator extraordinaire David Kaplin confirmed that Soler would be called up.   Then began the internet high fives between Cubs fans.  You CAN see him, his time is now.

Jorge Soler had the best shot of anyone of the “Core 4″ to make his MLB debut this year.  He was already on the 40 man roster and the Cubs outfield had been largely (ok VERY) underwhelming all season.  Coghlan and Alcantara have shown flashes but have been struggling and inconsistent lately.  There is hope for the future with them and they are expected to be key members in the future as stated before.  Behind Baez and Bryant, Soler was the next big thing in Chicago that had fans foaming at the mouths.  Much like Bryant, Jorge Soler is just an impressive physical specimen.  6’4″ 215 lbs.  Basically, a David Johnson that plays baseball.

Jorge numbers at every level have been worth the hype.

Bryant Soler Baez pre-game in Iowa Cubs Dugout (via bleachernation.com)

Bryant Soler Baez pre-game in Iowa Cubs Dugout (via bleachernation.com)

In Peoria (A) he hit .338 with 3 HR, 15 RBI .513 SLG and .910 OPS in 80 AB.  Advanced A Daytona, .281 8HR, 35 RBI,  .467 SLG, and .810 OPS in 210 plate appearances.  AA Tennessee .415 avg, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 12 BB, .862 SLG and 1.355 (!!!) OPS in 65 ABs.  In AAA Iowa it was 8 HR, 29 RBI, 17 BB, .618 SLG, and .996 OPS in 110 ABs.  His walk rate has increased with his home run totals.  Considering how often the big Cubs are striking out, a guy with plate discipline is very much welcome right now.  His glove? 6 errors in 223 chances.  That includes ZERO errors in Iowa with 52 chances despite the sun soaked right field that can be difficult to see early in games at Sec Taylor.  He had no outfield assists at Iowa but does have a strong throwing arm in right.

Baez getting called up was a bit early and surprising.  I still did not feel he was ready yet but he was brutal at first in Iowa before turning it on.  He has started much better in Chicago, despite the strikeouts. Soler was not going to be in Iowa for long.  Wish they would have had some more home games while he was here but the majority of the home games took place early in the year.  Soler would be a great hitter in the 4, 5, or 6 spot.  I think ideally he makes it to the 6th slot.  Either way, he’s your RF for hopefully the next decade.  He has the arm and the bat that the Cubs have not had in right since Andre Dawson.

Baez and Soler in Iowa Cubs Dugout (Scott Morgan / Chicago Tribune)

Baez and Soler in Iowa Cubs Dugout (Scott Morgan / Chicago Tribune)