Being that Jorge Soler has struggled staying on the field since joining the Chicago Cubs organization, he had become somewhat of an afterthought as a prospect. Of course, when an organization has three of the best prospects in all of baseball in Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Addison Russell, it makes sense that Soler may have been somewhat forgotten.
If indeed Soler was forgotten, he sure has been trying to ensure that everyone in the baseball world knows exactly who he is. Soler has been on an absolute tear since coming to the big leagues and is showing why the Cubs made such a big investment in him. Given the start Soler has had to his career, I am giving three reasons why he will be a perennial All-Star.
Of all the Cubs prospects, Soler has by far the best plate approach of any of them. He has a great eye at the plate and rarely swings at pitches outside of the strike zone. He also is not afraid to take his share of walks and instead of trying to do too much just move the line along. This approach will in turn allow him to consistently swing at strikes and give him a much higher chance at making contact. Taking walks will allow for Soler’s OBP to stay relatively high even if he is not hitting at a certain time.
Elite Raw Tools
One of the biggest strengths that Soler has is that he possess elite tools, that have yet to be fully harnessed. Soler has the ability to be a five-tool player with certain skills being better than others. Soler is a freak athlete listed at 6’4″ and 215 pounds. He posses very good power that should allow him to hit anywhere from 25-30 home runs. Being that he is only 21 years old, he still has the potential to grow into his body even more and become stronger. Soler also possess very good speed that in turn could translate to pretty decent base stealing numbers. He may never steal 30 bases, but with some work could potentially steal 15-20 bases a year.
Not only is Soler a very good hitter, but he has the potential to be a very good defender and perhaps win a gold glove in his career. Soler is equipped with an above average arm similar to what fellow Cuban defectors Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes possess. His ability to roam right field at Wrigley, one of the toughest places to play right field will show his pure talent and prove to be a factor in making All-Star teams for years to come.
Soler could wind up being one of the best Cubs prospects of the current group due to his great traits. He has come on strong and shown that he will be a force to be reckoned with.