The Chicago Cubs are in the midst of giving their fans a taste of what is to come at Wrigley soon. They have called up a number of their prospects, and have seen what they could do at the major league level. In September, expect another crop of prospects to come up after the minor league season is over. One player who should be among the callups is Jorge Soler.
Soler was signed by the Cubs two years ago after he defected from Cuba. His contract was for nine years and $30 million. It was pretty amazing since he was just a twenty year old in a new country.
Now 22, Soler looks to be ready to take the next step. This season, he is hitting .322/.416/.661 with 12 home runs and 47 RBI. He has done that playing in only 56 games because of an injured hamstring.
That is the one concern the Cubs have about Soler. Both of his professional seasons have been hampered with injuries. He had a broken tibia which cost him half the season in 2013, and the hamstring this season.
This season, Baez has a strikeout ratio of one per every 2.98 at bats. Bryant’s ratio is one per every 3.10 at bats. On the other hand, Soler has a ratio of one per every 4.2 at bats. His discipline is much better than the other two.
If Soler can stay healthy, he can turn out better than Baez and Bryant.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Tennessee Smokies manager BuddyBailey agreed.
“I know Byrant and Baez have played regularly and, for the last couple of years, have gotten a lot of publicity. But if we can keep Soler healthy and get him at bats, his name is going to be up with those guys too.”
We should get a glimpse of Jorge Soler’s abilities in September. He has two years of baseball under his belt and is now ready for primetime.