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Report: Cubs calling up top prospect outfielder Jorge Soler

Aug 25, 2014, 11:38 PM EDT

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Another big piece of the Cubs’ future is on the way to the majors, as David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that top prospect outfielder Jorge Soler will be promoted from Triple-A Iowa tomorrow. The 22-year-old was pulled from tonight’s game after hitting a three-run homer off Mariners prospect right-hander Taijuan Walker, prompting immediate speculation of a call-up.

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Soler defected from Cuba in 2011 and joined the Cubs in June of 2012 with a nine-year, $30 million contract. The 22-year-old was limited to just 55 games last season due to a fractured tibia, but he has exploded this season by batting .340/.432/.700 with 15 home runs in 62 minor league games between rookie ball, Double-A, and Triple-A.

While many are clamoring for Kris Bryant’s arrival to the big leagues, the timeline for Soler is a bit different since he’s already on the 40-man roster and the Cubs have him locked up for several years. Still, with Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara, and now Soler up in the majors, you can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel in Chicago.

  1. randygnyc - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Yankees should’ve signed Soler 2 years ago. The Yankees should just swoop on and take him from the cubbies. Perhaps a winner take all fight between Renteria and Girardi.

    • gothapotamus90210 - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      Everyone on this board is now dumber for having read your post.

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      why do you need him? You already have the greatest pitching staff in mlb history (for no reason.) Greedy huh?

  2. norvturnersneck - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Yeah, I’m sure the Cubs want AFraud or some other moronic contract on the Yanks for a top 25 prospect….Not!

  3. whocares44 - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    One more dumb money contract. And Rickett’s joke rebuild goes on..
    Rickett’s is putting everything on the kids coming up. ( Not Good).
    50% of them will not pan out when they hit the show. Of the 50% that do pan out.
    40% will forget how to play. Of the 10% that do remember. 5% of them will do so,so..
    And 5 % will be great.
    The long term dumb money contracts need to stop.
    One, two years at tops. And No Dumb money…
    If they don’t like it. Tell them good Bye!
    Rickett’s will be stuck will all kinds of dumb money long term contracts. And a big hand full of flops that he can’t sell, trade, are give away..
    The joke goes on……..

    • longfootlefty - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      Soler signed in 2012 for 9 years/$30 million. Hardly “dumb money”, whatever that is in your little anger-filled world.

    • erbaodai - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      If Soler averages 0.8 WAR per season for the next 9, the Cubs would still save 6 million bucks, as the league averages about 5 million per WAR.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        The fog of WAR makes everything confusing.

    • renaado - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      I understand you man… With the Cubs havin these kind of awesome top prospects, it really hard not get envy of em.

    • Wesley Clark - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      This is either terrible satire or you should really not have 12 whiskey drinks and then post anger filled rants on the internet.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Your math makes no sense! It adds up to 160% of the kids that do or do not pan out when they hit the show! I’m so confused!

    • delusionalcubsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Whocares44 is either a White Sox fan or someone who will be jumping on the Cubs bandwagon about two years from now.

    • Uncle Charlie - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Damn you Colorado!!! You’ll ruin legal marijuana for everyone!

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      @who cares

      What about the other 50% of the 50% that DO pan out?

      You said 50% won’t pan out… OK, you’re not right about that, but I’ll give that to you.

      You said 50% will pan out.

      OK, now we’re talking about 100% of those who DO pan out.

      You said 40% of them will forget how to play. That leaves us with 60% left of those who
      DO pant out.

      You then said of the 10% that do remember how to play, 5% will do so and 5% will be great.

      I know you can’t follow what I just said, so I’ll use real numbers for you to follow along with.

      100 players total.

      50% don’t pan out. That leaves 50 players left. They are the 50% who do pan out.

      You said that 40% of those who do pan out will forget how to play. OK, 40% of 50 players is 20.

      We’ve got 30 players left.

      You said that 10% would remember how to play of those that panned out. 50 players panned out and 10% remembered how to play.

      5 players is 10% of 50 players. So our 30 players left is now down to 25 players.

      So, of the 100% of players that do pan out, you accounted for only half of them (25 of the 50 players).

      Like I said at the top of this, what about the other 50% of the players you said would pan out?

      I’d LOVE to see your write up on them…

      Please? If not for me, then for everyone else on here?

  4. randygnyc - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Soler is a can’t miss stud. Wish we had him on the team I cheer for

  5. jerze2387 - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    now the only 2 missing are bryant and Russell. Then coming up theyll have Almora, Schwarber, Vogelbach as bench/possible starters pieces to go along with Olt, Lake, vitters, and Szcurzr (sp). Looks solid. Liking this, even as a strong Cubs hater

    • stex52 - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      Looks like the Cubs have actually gone and done what the Astros keep saying they want to do. Theo has at least given them a shot with some young talent.

      They do need some pitching, though.

      • longfootlefty - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:16 AM

        Pitching isn’t really a major concern.

        Quality pitching is pretty much everywhere these days, the league-average ERA hasn’t been this low since the late 80’s/early 90’s…..and the money being saved by having low-cost pre-arbitration offensive players can be put into buying up free agent pitching rather than taking on the significantly higher risk of developing young arms and watching them go through TJS.

      • jerze2387 - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        I think what they;ll do is sign a couple front end pitchers with the money saved on position players, use Arrietta/Kendricks/CJ Edwards/Turner (change of scenery candidate) to fill out the rest.

        With solid cost controlled players at every single position in the field, as well as guys who fit the bench pretty well also (Lake and Alcantera UTIL skills, Olt as a 1B/3B masher off the bench like a poor mans Chris Davis), they’ll have plenty of money to spend to fill out that pitching staff (hopefully the rotation. big money on relievers rarely works out).

        Besides, as longfootlefty said, pitching has been easier to find..offense is whats down lately. lets look at the A’s for example. they traded Cespedes for more pitching, and theyve slid since then. St. Louis had the offense starting slow this year and it hurt them a bit. The Yankees have pitched pretty good considering injuries, but the offense has been horrible. Toronto was at the top of the East for a while behind a huge offense (when EE went down so did the jays). Offense is worth more now because its less common. And with less common offense, pitchers will overall be better, if not on skill of their own possibly lack of skill by hitters.

  6. andreweac - Aug 26, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Cubs legitimately have potential all-Stars at every positional position except for catcher by 2016. I’m not a Cubs fan.

    Bryant, Russell, Baez, Soler are all for real. Castro or Russell moves to 3B. Rizzo at 1B. Alcantara at CF.

    Time will obviously tell how these kids develop yet massive kudos to Theo so far.

    • cubfan531 - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:16 AM

      Schwarber might stick at C, though that would push him back to about 2017.

      • longfootlefty - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:24 AM

        I doubt it. He’s only played 8 games at C since moving to High-A ball, compared to 24 in LF.

        I think there’s a better chance that Bryant sticks at 3B, since that’s the only position he’s played in AAA this year.

      • cubfan531 - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        From what I’ve seen, Schwarber playing mostly LF this year has been to keep him in the lineup and fresh after a long season with Indiana. They’ll make the decision in the off-season. I also have my doubts about Bryant at 3B long term, though his defense has improved enough that he should stick there for now.

      • jerze2387 - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        I think Bryant goes to the OF. Russell would be good at 3B (castro doesnt want to move, and moving him might risk chemistry/him performing good because hes happy). Besides they have Villanueva down in the minors for about 2016 if Russell doesnt pan out, they move Russell to SS and dump castro, etc. Gives them more options.

        Id like to see Schwarber at C because they dont have a lot of options there, and Castillo isnt really the answer. but i think they’ll do Schwarber like Bryce Harper and keep him in the OF. Even though with McKinney, Soler, Almora, Bryant and Alcanterra theyre pretty well set (id like to see Alcanterra be a back up INF guy/UTIL in the Josh Harrison mold though. Think he fits that better than every day CF. Thats gotta wait until at least Almora arrives though)

  7. 1harrypairatesties - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Sounds like someone is a Theo hater, but whocares? Theo/Hoyer have the Cubs on the right path.

  8. pwshrugged - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    This Cubs team looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch in September and beyond. These kids – whether they pan out or not – should put on quite a show for a bit. That said, if even half of them turn out to be studs, that’s a huge win for the Cubs.

    With how much money they’re saving on these young players coming up, I’m interested to see what they do in the offseason. With so many front-of-the-rotation SPs hitting free agency, they could reel in a big money pitcher to lead the staff. The baseball world would go nuts if they sign Scherzer or Lester.

    • jerze2387 - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      With the money they’re saving on bats, they could sign both probably.

      • pwshrugged - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        It seems like that would be the plan, and why not? Year after year, the free agent market proves there are more pitchers than bats on the market. Buying a front-line starter or two via free agency and then using in-house projects or prospects to fill out the rest of the rotation seems like a perfectly viable path to true contention for the Cubs.

        Like I said above – if even half of the position prospects pan out into studs (5+ WAR) and the rest are simply adequate (1-2 WAR), this team has a bright future. Add in a big free agent splash to reinforce the rotation and make a “we’ve arrived” statement, and bam – the Cubs are relevant and threatening.

        I doubt they’ll compete seriously next season – too young and inexperienced yet – but it’s a perfect year to get that ace and really set the foundation for the next decade.

  9. jm91rs - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Well that’s one less stud prospect to watch on my trip to Iowa this year. Bummer.

  10. delusionalcubsfan - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Even though our Cubbies are in last place, it’s good to be a Cubs fan right now. They’re more fun to watch now than they have been in years and we’re watching then new Cubs team come together before our eyes. It’s so great. Praise Theo!

  11. arrooo - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Cubs fans, would you trade kris Bryant , and Castro for D. Wright, and Syndaguard?

    • longfootlefty - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Stop drinking lead paint and call your local poison control center now. You need serious medical help.

    • Wesley Clark - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Only if the Mets throw in Kevin Elster.

  12. jimmyt - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Praise Theo huh? The fact that Ryne Sandberg is not managing the Cubs and the way they treated him has begun a whole new curse. It may well be another 100 years.

    • longfootlefty - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      Ryno is not a good manager. The Cubs are better off without him.

    • gnashbat - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      They treated him bad because they didn’t want to give him a job that he would not have been good at? As shown by the debacle in Philadelphia, Sandberg is just not some great manager.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Meh…the verdict is still out on Ryne Sandberg. Right now is managing a team full of geriatrics who do nothing but bitch and moan because he doesn’t long stroke them on a daily basis.

  13. stlouis1baseball - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Check it out people! “Whocares44″ is going for the thumbs down record.

    • longfootlefty - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      It’s not often you see pharmaceutical-grade stupid deployed like that.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        I am thinking the dude got dropped on his head a lot as a toddler.

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