Cubs Promote Jorge Soler to Triple-A Iowa and Albert Almora to Double-A Tennessee

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.

PrintJorge 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.

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  • SuzyS

    The troops are massing on the border getting ready for an invasion of Wrigley!!!! Oh Lord, we have been waiting such a long time….!

    • Tony_H

      Soon we are going to be debating why so and so is not getting in the starting lineup more often and it will be a good player and there will be just no way to fit him in. This year was the beginning of the transition, just as you and I said many times.

      • cubtex

        I thought this started 3 years ago…just like you said many times :)

        • Tony_H

          Not sure what you are saying.

          The rebuild started in 2012, not even 3 years ago. They have been making moves to improve the organization every since, but I don’t remember ever saying that the lineup would be so good in 2012 or 2013, that we would have bench players that are so good, but we can’t find a spot for them to play.

          Suzy and I said all winter that this year would be the beginning of the waves of prospects coming up to the team. And that is what is beginning.

    • mutantbeast

      the first 2 invaders have arrived………………………….

  • Tony_H

    Soler has endured a lot of negative comments on here but I have seen him in person and was very excited about him since. He needs to stay healthy, but if he does, I still think he was the best fit to sign with the Cubs.

  • Tom U

    It is an exciting time to be covering the minor league system.

    • Tony_H

      I am glad you are getting excited about the top prospects moving up.

  • Steve Baier

    This is great news – I’m going to the I-Cubs game on Friday. Excited to see Soler!

  • BigJonLilJon

    Sounds like Jackson, Vitters, and Szczur time may be about up. No place for them with the younger guys out performing them.

  • Theboardrider

    Almora has been raking of late. He earned the promotion and I think is back on track.

    Wonder when Vogelbach will get to AA? This season? He’s been better.

    • DWalker

      I read somewhere Almora had said they had him working on specific things earlier this year and that he was struggling to make some it work.

    • mutantbeast

      Dont be surprised if Vbomb moves up within the next month. His lack of position flexability is holding him back.

  • Theboardrider

    Schwarber is finally having to make some adjustments in Daytona and overcome some struggle. Which will benefit him.

    McKinney is doing pretty well. I think in a few years he may be a really good player. Not by any means a throw in deal. He’s young for his level too.

  • Brian

    This is a very exciting time right now. That AAA squad is ridiculous right now and can probably hold their own with half of the major league teams. I’m also ecstatic to see Hendricks throw such a great game last night. Our player development aspect is light years better than we’ve had since the Dallas Green years. I’m very curious to see what they do this offseason to address SP and veteran leadership for these young guys coming up.

    • JasonPen

      I’d like to see the Iowa Cubs vs. The Chicago Cubs…

      • mutantbeast

        the I Cubs would likely do better.

    • Jeff in Az

      I am just as excited as the rest, but here is no way that the Iowa team could “probably hold their own with half of the major league teams”. I think we can agree that the jump from AAA to MLB is huge. The reality is that not all of these guys are going to come up and be Allstars or even everyday players. I wish they all would, but I’m going to temper my expectations and hope that a couple of these guys can perform at the level of Rizzo and Castro. That would make us very competitive on the offensive side of the ball. One doesn’t need to go far for a reality check on the jump from AAA to MLB, just look at the pitching adjustments that were made with guys like junior lake and Brian LaHair…

  • mutantbeast

    Whoever is pitching against the ICubs must be getting nervous. The Killer B s and now some Soler power.