The Chicago Cubs are summoning another of the high-expectation youngsters to the major leagues. Next up is Jorge Soler, the 22-year-old Cuban outfielder who is considered one of the Cubs' "Core Four" prospects along with Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Albert Almora.
The Cubs haven't yet announced the call-up, but it's being reported by CSN Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, MLB.com and Minor League Baseball. Soler's Triple-A manager even talked about how "special" of a player he is after Monday's game. Soler hit a three-run homer for the Iowa Cubs on Monday, then was pulled from the game early, signaling a call-up. He's expected to join the big Cubs on Tuesday in Cincinnati.
Soler hit .340/.432/.700 across the minors this season — playing 32 games in Triple-A, 22 in Double-A and eight in rookie ball while rehabbing an injury. He totaled 15 homers and 57 RBIs. In Triple-A alone, he hit .282/.378/.618 with eight homers and 29 RBIs.
The Cubs signed Soler when he was 20 as an international free agent. They paid him $30 million over nine seasons, which could prove to be a bargain if he meets expectations. He was Chicago's fourth-ranked prospect heading into the season, according to Baseball Prospectus.
With Baez already slamming homers, young pitcher Kyle Hendricks pitching well and rookie outfielder Arismendy Alcantara getting time to season himself in the big leagues, Chicago is getting a good glimpse of its future.
Bryant is the next big hitter on the way. He's knocked 43 homers this season in Double-A and Triple-A, but the Cubs have previously said they won't bring him up this year. The Cubs also have 2014 first-round draft pick Kyle Schwarber, a catcher/outfielder, who has been killing Single-A pitching. After being drafted in June, Schwarber's already hit 18 homers with 53 RBIs in 68 games.
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