Chicago Cubs: Jorge Soler is on his way

It’s official.

The Chicago Cubs have made the decision to recall one of their top prospects, OF Jorge Soler according to David Kaplan of CSNchicago.

After starting the season very slowly due to hamstring issues, Soler has been on a tear since being healthy. In 62 games this season between rookie ball, Double-A, and Triple-A, Soler has hit .340. Soler has put his raw power on display by hitting 15 home runs and driving in 57. Unlike most of the Cubs other top prospects, Soler has shown an ability to take pitches and get on base via the walk. This season Soler has 33 walks and 48 strikeouts.

It is unsure whether Soler will make his debut on Tuesday or Wednesday, but all that matters is that he will be in a Cubs uniform for the rest of the season.

All season long the Cubs have been in the National League Central Division cellar, but now in one month a lost season, has essentially turned into a season of gaining valuable experience. 21 days after another top prospect Javier Baez was promoted to the big league club, it is now Soler time.

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Chicago Cubs top prospect Jorge Soler will join the team in Cincinnati.

Soler is being called up early due to the fact that he has a guaranteed contract and there are no issues with the Super 2 rule or anything of that nature. Because Soler has a guaranteed contract that means he will become a free agent when the contract expires and being on the roster before a certain date has no impact on his free agency as it does with Kris Bryant.

Soler is the prototypical major league right fielder. He is big, listed at 6’4″ and 215 pounds, strong with amazing raw power and has been noted to have an excellent throwing arm. He is known for his bat, but most scouts believe that he will be an average defender with the ability to be an above-average defender in right field. Given the fact that the Cubs currently do not have many guys that will take walks in their lineup, the arrival of Soler will bring another power bat from the right side that is patient and takes pitches. Calling Soler up at this time is a good move as the Iowa Cubs season looks as if it will end very soon and he will be able to get more at-bats without the interruption of travel.

In a season that has not gone very well for the Cubs, the prospects are making it exciting and with the promotion of Soler, the cavalry is coming and they’re coming fast.