Shortly after the Cubs beat the Padres Tuesday night behind seven shutout innings from Kyle Hendricks and home runs from Anthony Rizzo and Arismendy Alcantara, the front office announced two of the top prospects in the system received promotions.
The Cubs promoted Jorge Soler to Triple-A Iowa and Albert Almora to Double-A Tennessee. The Cubs have not announced the corresponding roster moves at Iowa or Tennessee to make room for Jorge Soler and Mike Olt with the I-Cubs or Albert Almora with the Smokies.
Jorge Soler and Mike Olt are going to be part of an impressive I-Cubs lineup that already includes Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson, Matt Szczur and on some days Manny Ramirez.
And if Jorge Soler can stay on the field he is expected to make his Cubs debut in September when rosters expand according to a report from Comcast SportsNet.
Jorge Soler went 2-for-4 with a triple, a RBI and a run scored Tuesday night and in 22 games with the Smokies this season, Soler was 27-for-65 with nine doubles, a triple, six home runs, 12 walks and 15 strikeouts for a .415/.494/.862 line with a 1.355 OPS. Prior to collecting two more hits Tuesday night, Soler was hitting .459/.553/1.000 in his last 14 games with two doubles, six home runs, nine walks, nine strikeouts and a 1.553 OPS.
Jorge Soler will be reunited with Manny Ramirez in Iowa, a reunion Jed Hoyer thought would benefit Soler after the two became close in Arizona this spring.
Patrick Mooney confirmed the rumors that the Cubs plan to bring up Soler to the big leagues in September. Soler is already on the 40-man roster and has one minor league option left after this season. A Cubs team that could include Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks, Arismendy Alcantara, Jorge Soler and Javier Baez in September would be a good way to wrap up the last month of poor season at the big league level.
Albert Almora had a rough start to the season but the 20-year old made the adjustments in what is his first full season in pro ball. Almora went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI on Tuesday night and hit .377/.395/.649 in his last 18 games with five doubles, two triples, four home runs and a 1.044 OPS.
After the All-Star break (30 games), Albert Almora hit .354/.380/.554 with seven doubles, two triples, five home runs, six walks, 16 strikeouts and a .933 OPS. In 89 games this year, Almora hit .283/.306/.406 with 20 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and a .712 OPS.