Jorge Soler Showed Opposite Field Power Before Receiving The Call

Jorge Soler is on his way to The Show, but before he was lifted from Monday night’s game in Tacoma, he took Mariner’s top prospect Taijuan Walker out to right field. Soler’s three-run shot was the big hit in the I-Cubs’ four-run third inning.

Jorge Soler finished his Triple-A season with a .282/.378/.618 slash line. In 32 games, Soler collected 32 hits and 20 of them went for extra bases. Soler hit 11 doubles, a triple and eight home runs. Soler walked (17) nine fewer times than he struck out (26) and finished with a .996 OPS.

In 62 games in the minor leagues this year, Jorge Soler went 68-for-200 with 23 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs and 140 total bases … 40 of Soler’s hits were extra base knocks. And he walked 33 times with 48 strikeouts for a final slash line of .340/.432/.700 with a 1.132 OPS.

 

PrintJorge Soler is only 22 years old (Feb. 25, 1992) and is a rather imposing figure. Soler is listed at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds.

As for his playing time, the Cubs had Soler on a schedule to prevent further injuries to his hamstrings, and the front office changed his diet while he was rehabbing at the facility in Mesa. Jorge Soler should play as often as possible over the last month of the season, but the front office will not deviate from his schedule and risk further injury.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soler is not in Tuesday’s starting lineup. Coghlan is in left, Sweeney in right against Cueto.

    • Ryan

      Neil – Soler has been playing most RF correct?

      • Denver Mike

        Aside from a few games as DH, he has been in RF exclusively:

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=soler-000jor#standard_fielding::none

        • Ryan

          Thanks for the link, didn’t know I could see that on Baseball Reference!

          He is seen as a good defensive player with a plus arm, right? We hear all about the Offense, and rightfully so. But I like to think some of these young guys could help defensively as well.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Soler is seen as a plus defender with a plus arm, he does need time to work on his routes. I apologize for the delay in responding earlier.

          • Ryan

            Neil – Not a problem, thanks for the info!

          • mutantbeast

            Neal, Ive heard the team wants Soler to play LF this year and learn how to play RF in Wrigley duirng prac tice, Heard anything like that?

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

            Pssst…MB…”i”

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Kaplan is the only one reporting that info to the best of my knowledge.

          • Tom U

            I haven’t seen Soler play recently, but in Single A he would spin his wheels at times on defense. Hope he has that corrected.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Correct, he has been playing right field. Reports last night said he would be in left field Wednesday. Soler has a cannon for an arm and incredibly accurate. His arm plays better in right.

    • Chris K.

      Who are they going to send down? My guess was DL Justin Ruggiano.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Ruggiano to the DL has been the speculation

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  • mutantbeast

    Right now, Soler looks like a major league player on a minor league rehab assignment.

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

    BBBBBeast!

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

    No more complaining from Ol’ Boardrider…I’m breaking down and shelling out the $19.99 for the remainder of season on MLB Extra Innings. I received a free season of NFL Sunday Ticket Max when we moved in February from DTV. So might as well get EI too. So September will be filled with sports! Got to be one of the best months of sports of the year.

  • Tony_H

    Gordon Wittenmyer ‏@GDubCub 19m
    Fall League Cubs: SS Addison Russell, 1B Dan Vogelbach, OF Jacob Hannemann, P’s CJ Edwards, Zach Cates, Ivan Pineyro, Gerardo Concepcion.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Tony, you couldn’t post my tweets on the AFL?

      • Tony_H

        Didn’t see it come through on twitter. Sorry!

        I am sure you know, I am not a big fan of GW.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          No worries. I tweeted the info well before Wittenmyer

          • Tony_H

            You usually do, my bad for not looking. You always seem to be the first to post lineups and news.

          • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

            Haha you got in trouble…. Lol

  • Henry

    Neil, does Soler have a buyout clause in his contract? I seem to remember that there is a buyout after 3 years. Is that true?

    • Tony_H

      Not that has been reported.
      Jorge Soler of
      9 years/$30M (2012-20)
      9 years/$30M (2012-20)
      signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent from Cuba 6/30/12
      $6M signing bonus (half at signing, half by 1/13/13)
      12:$1M, 13:$1M, 14:$2M, 15:$2M, 16:$3M, 17:$3M, 18:$4M,19:$4M, 20:$4M
      agent: Praver-Shapiro
      ML service: 0.000

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Here ya go Henry …

      Soler inked a nine year, $30M deal on June 30, 2012 that includes
      financial opt outs over the final three years or arbitration years that allows Soler to renegotitate his annual salary for that season. Soler remains under the Cubs control throughout the entire length of the contract

      https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nkDWpDW0zkWq2pdfkSxWn9JjbgU26V4Lha6DfMbMXb4/edit?pli=1

      • Henry

        That is good news. Thanks for the quick response

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    We have this Make A Wish promotion at my place of work. How much do you think I should start the bidding of a baseball card collection is worth. 69 Banks, 72 Jenkins, 85 Sandburg, 92 Sosa, 88 Dawson, 71 Williams and a 1975 Traded to the White Sox, Ron Santo would be worth. All the proceeds go to the Make A Wish foundation. It is a silent auction from a Monday through Friday.

    • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

      All cards are Topps productions

      • Denver Mike

        Unfortunately nowadays baseball cards value is 100% extrinsic, so they are literally only worth what someone is willing to pay for them, regardless of what a price guide may say.

        In this case, you being that person, more or less sets their value. You should base how much you are willing to pay on assuming you will never sell them + a little extra for charity :)

        • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

          That helps Thanks!
          all doubles so I think I will start at $30
          If no takers I will keep them
          Thanks again

          • Denver Mike

            As a Cubs fan, it’s definitely something I’d bid on, good luck!