There was a miniature version of home run mania down on the farm Wednesday night as four of the top prospects in the system went yard.
Javier Baez and Jorge Soler hit blasts for Iowa in the first game of the twinbill against New Orleans. Albert Almora smacked his first Double-A home run in a losing effort and Jacob Hannemann hit his first longball with Daytona.
Javier Baez went 2-for-7 in Wednesday’s doubleheader with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Baez launched his 20th home run of the year in the first game, a three-run shot over the wall in centerfield. And Baez played second base in both games.
In 15 games since the All-Star break, Javier Baez is batting .328/.359/.724 with five doubles, six home runs, three walks and 15 strikeouts for a 1.084 OPS.
Jorge Soler is making his presence felt with the Iowa Cubs. Soler played in both ends of Wednesday’s doubleheader and went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, two RBI, a walk and a strikeout. Soler crushed his second Triple-A homer in game one.
Jorge Soler is 6-for-19 in eight games with Iowa, with four of the six hits going for extra bases. Soler has hit two doubles and two home runs while walking (4) as many times as he’s struck out (4). Soler has put together a .316/.435/.737 line with a 1.172 OPS in a short amount of time with Iowa.
In 37 games this season between the AZL Cubs, Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, Jorge Soler has 42 hits … and more than half have gone for extra bases. Soler has hit 14 doubles, a triple and nine home runs.
After a slow start to the season, Albert Almora figured it out with Daytona and is starting to put things together at the plate in Tennessee.
Albert Almora hit his first Double-A homer Wednesday night and is 6-for-13 in his last three games with a double, a home run, a walk and no strikeouts. In seven games with the Smokies, Almora is 7-for-31 with a double, a home run, two walks and six strikeouts.