Another Chicago Cubs’ highly touted prospect comes up, and another impressive debut. Jorge Soler is the latest player to come up and add to the buzz on the North side.
Arismendy Alcantara came up for what was to be just two days while Darwin Barney was on paternity leave. He did so well, he is still in the starting lineup today. Kyle Hendricks had a tough first inning, but shut down the Cincinnati Reds in a no-decision that the Cubs won. Javier Baez hit the game winning home run in his first game in the majors.
Soler made his major league debut on Wednesday against the Reds. He stepped up to the plate in his first at bat, and with one swing he brought even more hope to Cubs fans. He hit a 423-foot home run over the center field wall. He also had an RBI single in the eighth inning and went 2-for-4 for the night.
Soler spoke to reporters about his debut after the game. “Real, real happy about it. You know, first time in the big leagues, first at bat…very excited and happy,” he said through an interpreter.
Cubs President Theo Epstein spoke to reporters before the game, and sounded excited to introduce Soler to those who had yet to know about him. “The first thing fans will notice about Soler is how impressive he is physically,” Epstein said. “He has as good a baseball power body as you will see: 6-4 and put together really well. He looks like an NFL player — physically intimidating with great athleticism.”
Epstein was especially proud of how Soler handled adversity. He missed most of the first two months of this season when he hurt both of his hamstrings. Instead of getting down on himself, he went on a mission to get healthy and get into the show. Well, mission accomplished.