Jorge Soler slipped in behind the Twins’ Byron Buxton and the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson in MLB Pipeline’s ranking and ahead of the Reds’ Jesse Winker and Mariners’ Alex Jackson.
Soler tore up the Southern League after spending a majority of the first half of the season rehabbing in Arizona. Soler batted .415/.494/.862 in 22 games with the Smokies. Soler hit nine doubles, a triple and six home runs for a 1.355 OPS before his promotion to Triple-A Iowa. Soler hit .282/.378/.618 in 32 games with the I-Cubs that included 11 doubles, a triple and eight home runs for a .996 OPS.
Jorge Soler spent September with the big league team and cooled off after an extremely hot start. Soler batted .292/.330/.573 in 24 games with eight doubles, a triple and five home runs for a .903 OPS.
As MLB Pipeline pointed out, Soler has “huge raw power to all fields and the hitting ability to translate it into game production.” Soler has good pitch recognition, works counts and makes consistent contact.
MLB Pipeline’s scouting grades for Jorge Soler based on the 20-80 scouting scale: Hit 55 | Power 70 | Run 55 | Arm 65 | Field 55 | Overall 60
Jorge Soler is the fifth Cubs’ prospect to land on MLB Pipeline’s positional rankings.
Kyle Schwarber was ranked as the third best catcher and Addison Russell checked in as the third best shortstop prospect. MLB Pipeline ranked Dan Vogelbach as the eighth best first base prospect and Kris Bryant was named the top third base prospect in baseball.
MLB Pipeline Position Rankings
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Jorge Soler is expected to be the Cubs everyday right fielder in 2015. And the key for Soler will be to stay healthy, and focused throughout the season.