Baseball purity may be in Iowa after all.
On Wednesday, the Cubs will officially promote top outfield prospect Jorge Soler to the Iowa Cubs.
Soler, when healthy, has proven with his production why he is considered to be one of the Cubs’ top prospects. The problem is that Soler has struggled with staying on the field.
This season, Soler has only 74 plate appearances with the Tennessee Smokies. The number is far less than what the Cubs were hoping for Soler to have by this point in the season. Despite that fact, Soler has torn the cover off the ball with the Smokies.
In his 74 plate appearances, Soler is hitting .410/.500/.852 with 6 home runs and 21 RBIs.
Soler will now be in the same lineup as Baez and Bryant.
Soler also figures to benefit from the teachings of Manny Ramirez, who continues to operate with the I-Cubs as a player-coach.
With it being late July, the chances are slim that Soler makes his Major League debut this season. Though, if Soler continues his production, it’s possible the outfielder could be up when the rosters expand in September. Though, Soler’s initial impact with the Chicago Cubs will likely come in 2015.
Soler will not be the only top Cubs’ prospect to be promoted on Wednesday.
Outfield prospect Albert Almora will be taking Soler’s place on the Smokies’ roster on Wednesday.
Almora struggled initially but has since turned the corner with the Daytona Cubs.
Before his promotion on Wednesday, Almora was hitting .280/.304/.396 in 381 plate appearances with the D-Cubs.
Both Soler and Almora figure to be a part of the Cubs’ long-term outfield picture.