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Single-A manager benches Cubs prospect Jorge Soler

Apr 29, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

Jorge Soler AP

Earlier this month Cubs prospect Jorge Soler was suspended five games after attempting to attack the opposing team’s dugout while holding a bat and now his own manager has benched him for not hustling.

Single-A Daytona manager Dave Keller told Sean Kernan of the Daytona Beach News Journal that Soler was benched for failing to run hard twice during Saturday’s game:

He sat [Sunday] because within the philosophy and the work ethic that we are trying to create in this organization–and that we are trying to get our players to understand–work ethic, energy, determination, playing hard and running hard is part of the whole program. When you don’t do that, then you don’t get to play. That’s something that has really been emphasized over the last two years.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Keller “has the support of Cubs’ management in his disciplinary measure.”

Soler, who signed a $30 million contract with the Cubs after defecting from Cuba, has hit .276 with two homers and a .785 OPS in 15 games at high Single-A as a 21-year-old.

  1. bisonaudit - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Why’s he always callin’ me ‘Meat’? I’m the one with the Porsche.

  2. 13arod - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    i see a couple of single -a cubs games every year and they had guys before that don’t run hard sometimes

    • ryanrockzzz - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      you mean the ones not making 30 million dollars in a contract?

      This is exactly why it’s a risky biz giving guarenteed money to a 21 year old. Never mind that the person in question still needs time to adjust to living hundreds of miles away from family and friends. This kid is probably going through a lot of mental issues right now as much as anything else.

      • mazblast - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        What the front office is saying (or should be saying) is–

        “Fine. If you need help dealing with life in America, kid, say the word and the organization will find help for you. We have a sh**load of money tied up in your career and want you to be happy and productive. In the meantime, and especially if life off the field is a problem, when you’re on the field you will MOVE YOUR A**.”

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