A year to the day that Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant hit back-to-back-to-back homers off the Indians’ Trevor Bauer in a Cactus League game in Goodyear, Jorge Soler and Javier Baez launched their first longballs of the spring in the same game in Peoria.
Jorge Soler went 1-for-3 with a home run for his first hit of the spring. Soler took Wade Miley deep the other way in the second inning.
Soler just missed a second homer leading off the sixth inning when he flied out to Daniel Roberson at the wall. Soler started in right field and batted cleanup. With Kyle Schwarber out for what could be a week, Soler should see more playing time. Soler is 1-for-13 this spring (.077/.143/.308/.451).
Javier Baez hit leadoff for Joe Maddon on Thursday. Baez started in center field and went 2-for-4 with the two-run blast off Emilio Pagan in the seventh inning. Baez doubled in the fifth.
Baez is 4-for-15 this spring with a double, a home run and five strikeouts (.267/.267/.533/.800).
Soler and Baez have gotten off to a slow start this spring with a majority of their teammates. Soler and Baez spent a majority of the winter in countless rumors as the front office explored ways to acquire controllable starting pitching.
The Cubs plan for Soler and Baez to play important roles on the team this season. And it will be up to Joe Maddon to figure out how to get the best out of both players.