Jorge Soler and Mike Olt Supplied the Power in Iowa’s Win Over Omaha

The Iowa Cubs wrapped up their series with Omaha on Tuesday afternoon with a solid 7-4 victory over the Storm Chasers that increased their lead to a game and a half over Omaha in the American Northern Division.

Jorge Soler and Mike Olt drove in all seven of Iowa’s runs with two home runs while Kris Bryant went 2-for-3 with a walk, a HBP and two runs scored.

On the day he was named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for July, Jorge Soler went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Soler, who is expected to be called up to the big league team in September, raised his slash line with the Iowa Cubs to .286/.388/.690 in 14 games. Soler has 12 hits since his promotion to Triple-A and nine have gone for extra bases, five doubles and four home runs. Soler has a 1.078 OPS.

 

PrintMike Olt had a big game and his third inning grand slam was the difference in the game. Olt went 2-for-4 with his second Triple-A homer, a walk, four RBI and a strikeout. Mike Olt is 20-for-58 in 15 games with the I-Cubs that include seven doubles, two home runs, two walks and 18 strikeouts. Olt has hit safely in each of his last 10 games with five multi-hit games.

In his last 10 games with IowaMike Olt is batting .400/.429/.675 with five doubles, two home runs, two walks, 12 strikeouts and a 1.104 OPS.

 

Dan Straily put together a good start Tuesday afternoon. Straily tied his season-high in strikeouts (9) and did not walk a batter in seven innings. Straily was charged with two unearned runs on six hits.

Over his last two starts, Dan Straily is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. Straily has allowed two unearned runs on 10 hits with one walk and 14 strikeouts in 13 innings.

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  • Eugene Debs

    Has Olt figured it out? Still a lot of strikeouts, but I’d love for him to make the decision of “who plays third” a little more interesting.

    • Tony_H

      Not until he can hit close to 240/250 in the majors, but he will be back up and playing 3B in September. His power is worth giving more shots and even 230ish range batting would make his power bat and good glove stick at 3B for awhile.

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

        I think he can do that. He started awfully and was neve going to get it back up this season. Too bad first month.

        I think he will be fine. Of he gets back up in a week or two he COULD hit 20 HR in MLB this season.

      • Larry Schwimmer

        Since the Triple AAA season ends before the MLB season, do you think it’s virtually guaranteed that OLT will be brought back up in Sept? And are there any control or Option issues that will stop the CUBS from bringing OLT up in September?

        Personally, I think with the success he’s having in the minors (especially if it continues throughout August), it’s important for the CUBS to assess whether OLT can hit .230-.250 and strike out a bit less. What do you think?

        • Tony_H

          He will be up when Iowa’s season ends. Because of his age there is no concerns on arbitration, control or free agency.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Yes, Olt will be up in September and hopefully he will see time in the outfield. Olt had two option years prior to the season, so they used one on him for this season. He still has one full option year after this season. Options are based on seasons, not the amount of times the player is sent up and down.

          If you have a chance, you should try to at least listen to the Iowa games. Randy Wehofer and Deene Ellis do an excellent job and the last time I checked, the audio is free. They have noticed a big difference between Olt this year compared to what they saw last season.

          • Larry Schwimmer

            Thank you and Tony. You both always have such great knowledge and insights on the CUB players. I’m a big supporter of OLT. It’s not often that you have someone who has his offensive power capability AND above avg. defensive skills for 3rd base — like he has. I really want him to make it as the CUB 3rd baseman (& outfielder).

            He has 2 HRs so far in the Minors. I know it’s a short sampling on OLT, but I’d be curious to ask 2 questions: (1) Do you think the fact that OLT has hit less HRs and more singles and doubles indicative of him consciously trying to make more contact with the ball — instead of trying to hit it out of the park? Or is the reality that minor league pitching is 50% easier to hit than MLB pitching.

            (2) His strikeout rate was 45% as a CUB. It’s still very high in Triple AAA: approx. 30%. It seems like most successful power hitters in the MLB have a 15%-20% rate. What strikeout rate would you look for OLT to have to show the CUBS that he’s improved and might be a .230-.250 hitter worthy of keeping on the team. I’d love your opinion.

        • DWalker

          He looked so lost efore being sent down its hard to credit him as the same player. Maybe he ust needed to hit the reset button, but its hard to expect a lot from him coming back up so fast even if he is putting up video game numbers in AAA.

      • Jasper Jiggs

        Not trying to cause a huge debate, but was Olt put in a position to succeed at the ML level this year?
        Alcantara gets called up an hits 1st or 2nd. Baez gets called up and its 2nd.
        Olt in the 7th or 8th spot. Hoping he gets another shot wih someone other than Barney or the Pitcher hitting behind him. No reason to give him anything to hit in those spots.

        • Tony_H

          Not all prospects are the same and not all will be given the same chance. Call it unfair if you want, but ask any player who stalled out at AAA if they would have loved a chance to bat 7th or 8th in a major league lineup and given the opportunity to let their play at the major league level dictate if they play more or not. I bet they would say yes. Ask anyone who was never given starts unless someone needed a day off, if they would have like the chance Olt received. Bottom line, Olt didn’t make it and I doubt hitting in front of anyone would have helped. But I think he will be better when he comes up when Iowa’s season is over.

          Guys like Alcantara, Baez, Bryant, Soler, etc will play everyday when they come up. Others have not and it is just they way it works.

        • cubtex

          Olt was given plenty of opportunity imo. He got to play quite a bit early until it was so obvious he was overmatched that Renteria tried to put him in games where he would have more opportunity to succeed. Baseball is so mental that it was such a huge mistake to force him on the big league roster at the beginning of the year after such a horrendous minor league season. That was the most obvious mistake. If you want to see a player who had zero chance to succeed it was Josh Vitters under Sveum. He played once a week and pinch hit(usually against the teams closer) Talk about being set up to fail?

        • cubtex

          To expand on that further. Look at the game logs on Mike Olt from April 13th thru April 30th. He got a fair shot. He got consistent AB’s until Renteria had no choice due to lack of production.

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

    Get Olt and Soler up soon. Let’s finish the season on a flaming hot streak!

    • Craig York

      This September lineup should certainly be interesting. Obviously I’m excited to see soler come up, but also excited to see what straily can do!

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

        Indeed. Olt too.

        And Doubront! Although I don’t expect a miracle without he and Straily having more time to work with Bosio. At least we have more MLb caliber pitching depth. The FO has done a great job of bringing in potential for the rotation.

        • Craig York

          Yes front office is certainly doing their thing. I really want the
          To grab Jacob turner now. I think bosio can turn him around.

    • mutantbeast

      I can see it, Board, The Cards fans are ALREADY crying about how “unfair” it is the Cubs have all these potentially all-star prospects. Too bad. The Cubs dont get extra picks every year, either. Theo/Jed have just done a good job of picking them.

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

    One thing about Olt too. It seems he and Rizzo had really become friends. There is something to be said for that. I saw them in the dugout quite a bit together during games. It seems like they were always sitting together. A team doesn’t all have to be best friends. But it doesn’t hurt either.

    • BillyFinT

      More importantly, they learn together and from each other to deal with bigger expectations: Carry a team to win.

    • mutantbeast

      Same with Castro, seemed to be taking both AA and Baez under his wing and acting like a big brother. Carlos Villanueva also.

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

        Castro I already knew was a leader. I’ve been impressed with him in that regard.

        Villanueva brings some intangibles like that. Hes a veteran who’s been all around. And he is pretty dang good out of the bullpen.

        • Eugene Debs

          It doesn’t hurt that he has an awesome mustache.

      • triple

        Yes! You can tell that Soriano had a big influence on Castro. To see how he is with the guys that are coming up behind him, and even pressing for his own job just shows the confidence and solid leadership skills that he has. All the kids coming up will let us see Castro grow up really fast and be a man among the boys. I think we’ve pretty much seen that with Rizzo already, but it’s great to see Castro look really comfortable in that same role.

        And I really do hope they resign Villanueva in the offseason. He has done a solid job in the pen, especially being able to fill different roles there. And I’ve read so many great things about him and how he is such a positive influence in the clubhouse. And since he’s expressed how much he wants to stay with the Cubs and see the rebuild through, I wouldn’t doubt that he could be had for a discount, and probably similar contract to what he previously signed with the Cubs. Maybe they should offer him a 2 year/$11M contract with player option for year 3 at $4M. But I should clarify, that he should NOT be used as a spot starter. His strength is as a reliever.

        • cubtex

          guys like Villanueva are very valuable. He has a rubber arm and can fill multiple roles. He doesn’t have great stuff but he knows how to pitch and can eat up some innings for a tired bullpen. With many of the Cubs starters not going deep in games….he is a good guy to have.

  • daverj

    I normally advocate keeping guys in the minors longer than others, but I would bring Soler up now. He looks ready. He has shown good plate discipline at every level. If he were called up now, I think he would out perform Baez for the rest of this season.

    • John_CC

      I’d give it at least 2 weeks. I think it’s important to let Javy settle in a bit, important for the team as a whole, the media hype would be a circus. Javy needs adjustment time, Alcantara is struggling to adjust. It would be bad to have 3 guys in the lineup all struggling with their first call to the show.

      • daverj

        I agree with this in general. Though I think Soler is much more likely to succeed initially than Alcantara or Baez.

        It’s going to be a rough 2 months for Baez. I think he’ll be lucky to hit as high as .220. I’m thinking Olt-like numbers for him for 2014 and the first half of 2015.

        • mutantbeast

          I really think some of Baez struggles to start the year might have been from being disappointed he didnt make the club out of spring training. Hes in the big show now, so that should be behind him.

          • daverj

            He also struggled when he was first called up AA ball so it wasn’t just this season.

            Out of Soler, Bryant, Russell and Baez, based on minor league career stats, Baez is the most likely to bust. I sure hope he doesn’t, but I’d say the odds with him becoming a productive major league starter are 50/50. Though some might say those are good odds for any prospect!

  • daverj

    As for Olt, I’d keep him down until September and then bring him up to platoon in September and hopefully gain some confidence at the major league level.

  • mutantbeast

    Well, no doubt the next to arrive will likely be some Soler power. Got a LITTLE taste last night with the first of many Baez blastoffs.