Cubs Reportedly Calling Up Jorge Soler, Set to Make Big League Debut in Cincinnati

According to reports from David Kaplan and Keith Law, the Cubs have called up OF Jorge Soler and he will join the Cubs in Cincinnati for the opener of the Reds series Tuesday night.

The Cubs have not announced Jorge Soler has been called up or the corresponding roster move to add him to the 25-man roster.

Tuesday night’s starting lineup should include Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara and Jorge Soler.

Updated 11:17pm CDTAccording to reports from the Tribune and Carrie Muskat, Jorge Soler will travel from Tacoma to Cincinnati Tuesday and will make his big league debut Wednesday.

Jorge Soler launched a three-run homer in the third inning of Monday night’s game in Tacoma and was pulled from the game. Monday’s homer was Soler’s eighth for Iowa and 15th of the season.

PrintEntering play Monday night, Jorge Soler was hitting .278/.376/.593 in 31 games for Iowa with 11 doubles, a triple, seven home runs, 17 walks, 25 strikeouts and a .969 OPS.

For the season, Jorge Soler hit .338/.432/.687 in 61 games between Arizona, Tennessee and Iowa with 23 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs and a 1.118 OPS.

Jorge Soler was expected to make his big league debut in September when the roster expanded. But Justin Ruggiano did not play in Sunday’s game after being a late scratch from Saturday’s game due to left ankle soreness. With Soler already on the 40-man roster, the move makes sense and moves up the timetable only a couple of days.

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  • Joe Beck

    Caughlin
    Castro
    Rizzo
    Soler
    Baez
    Castillo
    Mendy
    Valbuena

    The FO wants to add veteran depth and I would like to see Melky Cabrera bar lead off.
    Cabrera LF
    Castro SS
    Rizzo 1B
    Bryant 3B
    Baez 2B
    Soler RF
    Castillo C
    Alcantra CF

    • VBCubs

      I wouldn’t mind Cabrera. Preferably on a short deal unless the Cubs want him to eventually be a 4th outfielder or they trade an Almora/one of the infielders. Russell Martin is another guy I’m kinda interested in. Our catching prospects are still a few years away.

      • Joe Beck

        We need a lead off hitter

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          I’d probably prefer Coghlan next season to Cabrera.

      • cc002600

        Almora was their (Theo / Jed) first draft pick…there is no way they are trading him. He’s one of their boys.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          I think there’s a chance he’s traded. If he proves to have the skill set they like he’ll stay. Otherwise he’s just another prospect not named Bryant or Russell.

        • Tony_H

          I have seen talk that if Alcantara can show he can be the CF and with needing LH bats to compliment a mostly RH lineup, that Almora would become trade bait.

        • The Dude Abides

          There will be several trades & signing in the coming years. Who knows who, depends on what is offered in return, just hope they get it right. Too many prospects to realistically utilize not to mention more than a few will be bust.

          But we have what Theo wants a treasure chest of players one to three years away. Just as everybody anticipates all of these guys on the Cubs it will be interesting to see the reaction when they start trading some of these guys.

    • daverj

      Cabrera doesn’t interest me. I’d be happy to start 2014 with Alcantara in CF, Soler in RF and Coghlan or Ruggiano in left. I’d rather spend the free agent dollars in other places.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Agree. I don’t see Cabrera as an upgrade over Coghlan. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Coghlan have a better 2015 than Cabrera. Then again, maybe not. But he is a year younger. And I think with a full healthy offseason and the confidence of knowing he earned a spot on the team he could have a great year.

        • mutantbeast

          I like Coghlans clutch hitting, Board. And Melky has charcter questions to boot.

      • triple

        The thing with Alcantara, Soler, Coghlan, Ruggiano in our outfield is that AA and JS will have growing pains. And Coghlan and Ruggiano are likely to be inconsistent, just look at their careers. I really hope and would love if Coghlan and Ruggiano can top what they’ve done this year, but that is unrealistic to assume they can. The reason I think Melky would be a good signing is you know exactly what you’re gonna get from him. He can play all 3 OF position, but preferably LF or CF, can bat successfully in the 1st or 2nd spot in the lineup, and he currently ranks 32nd out of all active MLB players in batting average. Just take a look at the list and tell me that he doesn’t stand in pretty good hitting company.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/batting_avg_active.shtml

        And remember that he’s a solid switch-hitter from both sides of the plate. If you want the Cubs to be competitive next year, he is a serious upgrade over Coghlan and Ruggiano, while providing more flexibility to put each of the remaining outfielders in a position to succeed.

        Now about the $ aspect to sign him… I would hope he could be had for 3 years/$36M and team option for a 4th year. IF all the other Cubs prospects pan out and there isn’t space for him, after a year or two he would be tradable, or could even still be a good bench player and veteran presence. After all, he has played in many playoffs, and even has a World Series ring.

  • STLCubsFan

    Been waiting for this for quite some time. Even though the past few seasons have been hard to watch after the trade deadline, I can’t wait to see our future (hopeful) stars perform at the highest level together. Its an exciting time to be a Cubs fan! :)

  • Tom U

    As I reported yesterday, the Cubs also promoted SS Gleyber Torres to the Boise Hawks.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      That’s awesome news!

    • mutantbeast

      Darn , isnt Torres still what, 17? Thats a fast promotion.

  • DWalker

    What can I say, at least the last month of the season should be exciting! Gotta feel a little sorry for Bryant sitting in Iowa right now but he will get his chance.

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  • cc002600

    Tom U or anyone else…., so will we see Vizcaino come up in Sept ?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I’m not Tom, but I hope I can help. I have seen conflicting reports on if he will be up in Sept. The last I saw from the front office was that he would be with the big league team in Sept.

      • Tom U

        I concur with Neil. He’s on the 40 man roster, but their is no information as to whether Vizcaino is on a season inning/pitch count.

        • cc002600

          Thanks, Tom

          • Tom U

            Your welcome!

      • cc002600

        Thanks, Neil. This is shaping up to be the most exciting September I have ever seen for a last place club. LOL.

        Very exciting. We’re finally starting to see the plan come into focus.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          You’re welcome. I’m glad I could help.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            14 games under .500. Probably not going to get there. But I’d love to see them get within 5-7 games of .500.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Reports from the Tribune and Carrie Muskat are indicating Soler will not be with the team until Wednesday. Kaplan reported Tuesday.

  • chadman07

    Yesssir…exciting times happening at Clark & Addison. It’s been a long time coming but we can finally enjoy watching this team again. Last place? Who cares!! Can’t wait to see THIS team play the last month of the season.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    And of course it’s not on WGN :(

    • Jeff Wilson

      I think MLB TV has a special 19.99 for rest of year!

  • John_CC

    Excellent. I guess they just wanted to see him “slump” and break out before making the call. :)

    Ruggiano to the DL?

    I can’t wait to see Soler face ML pitching, his approach is so much better than Alcantara’s and Baez’s. It will be interesting to see how he handles to promotion.

    This last month is nothing short of amazing with the call-ups. Alcantara, Hendricks, Baez, Soler….Visciano and Armando in Sept hopefully…

    • BillyFinT

      You failed to mention Watkins.

      • Tony_H

        He is back in Iowa.

      • Tony_H

        He is back in Iowa.

  • Steve Baier

    Well darn, I’m going to the I-Cubs game on Saturday and was hoping to see Soler up close one more time. Although, I’m also going to Wrigley on 9/5 so I guess I’ll see him then!

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