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Video: Jorge Soler homers in his first major league at-bat

Aug 27, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

Watch as Cubs top outfield prospect Jorge Soler goes deep to left-center field in his first major league at-bat Wednesday evening at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati …

Javier Baez also homered in his first big league game earlier this year. The Cubs are coming, people.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Uh oh, beware of the 2014 “Fast starting, highly touted hitting prospect” syndrome.

    Hopefully he won’t be grounding out to the pitcher every other AB (Taveras), striking out half the time (Baez), or back in AAA (Polanco)…

    • tfilarski - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      honestly, i would rather have soler struggle now and make all the adjustments during the fall and winter an be ready to go come april

      • okwhitefalcon - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        With the “everyone with a blog and an MilLB subscription is a scout” era upon these days, we’ve all become more than a bit prospect drunk with outlandish expectations of sustained impact beyond a fast start.

        I’d like to see him succeed and live up to the hype although the odds are long, it’s a tough game.

    • sabatimus - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Seriously, he hits a home run in his first ML at-bat, and you’re already poo-pooing this?

      • okwhitefalcon - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        Not poo pooing at all.

        I just have tempered expectations, the hype surrounding the latest batch of top end hitting prospects hasn’t been matched (yet) by their performance.

        They’re either exalted or dismissed too quickly based on short term results.

    • Wesley Clark - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      You must be a blast at parties.

    • baseballballer - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      He has a better approach and better discipline than all three of those guys. Get used to it.

  2. randygnyc - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Stud. Reminds me of Stanton. He’ll get bigger and stronger. He’s just 22 and recently have up his binky. Cubs fans have a lot of good times ahead of them

  3. Stiller43 - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Who doesnt homer in Cincy?

    • zico25 - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      Joey Votto

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        I immediately chuckled after reading stiller’s post…and subsequently gave him a thumbs up.
        And then…you trumped him. Well played Zico. Well played.

  4. hoopmatch - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Cubs are Soler powered. Is there a federal subsidy for that?

    • sabatimus - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      No, but the extra money comes from sending the grounds crew home early.

  5. sabatimus - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:02 PM


  6. whocares44 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    This was a lucky deal…
    Lets see what he can really do in the next few weeks.
    Taking bets he will tank and be the new Castro…..
    And really Castro is no good…
    But the Cubs are stuck with him and his Dumb Money long term contract….
    If this kid can do good. And I mean real good. Great!
    But the Cubs need much more then one are two good players.
    They need a good 15 of them all the time. And then a good closer. That they Don’t have.
    And a hand full of back up guy’s. They don’t have…..

    • longfootlefty - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      There’s plenty of examples of “dumb money”. Just look some of the contracts on the Yankees and Dodgers.

      The Cubs absolutely do NOT have any “dumb money” contracts. They are happy to be ‘stuck’ with Castro, Rizzo, and Soler for long term, because their contracts are extremely affordable.

      You’ve been harping on this same nonsense for a while. You really should just shut up rather than continuing to prove your stupidity.

      • dmwhite2 - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:10 AM

        The Cubs absolutely do NOT have any “dumb money” contracts.

        What about Edwin Jackson? And technically they are still paying Soriano

      • longfootlefty - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:21 AM

        Jackson is a bad contract, but not the type of “dumb money” he’s talking about, locking up a guy for many years at an insane price. 4 years @ $50M isn’t out of line with what middle/back of the rotation guys get on the FA market. Garza, Ubaldo, and Nolasco all got similar deals.

        I forgot about Soriano, but his money comes off the books at the end of this year and the Yankees are paying a chunk of that money anyway. Again, not the type of thing he’s talking about.

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      quit doing the …… thing

  7. randygnyc - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Whocares- if Soler puts together 2 above average (not great or even excellent) seasons before 2023, at today’s money, he’ll wind up playing SEVEN YEARS, FOR FREE, based on his contract.

  8. notsofast10 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    He wasn’t even their best power hitter on the farm, just the guy that was already under financial control for 9 years!!!! Kris Bryant added to all this will be amazing. Who is going to pitch though!

    • longfootlefty - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      Who cares? Pitching can be found anywhere these days. Lumber like the Cubs have is scarce.

      • Ren - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:58 AM

        But a pitcher with ace like stuffs don’t grow on trees.

    • Uncle Charlie - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      Cubs have cobbled together the 6th best rotation in all of baseball with a group of cast offs. In today’s run depressed environment, pitching is less of a premium.,ts&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0

      • longfootlefty - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        Exactly. They may not have the names of the aces people are familiar with, but they do the job just fine.

  9. psunick - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Take a deep breath, Drew. This is the Cubs you are writing about.

  10. jimmyt - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Looking forword to seeing some of these young Cubbies this weekend. Can’t say I’ll be pulling for them since I only root for the Cubs when the Cards are out of the race and they are in which isn’t too often but they should be fun to watch.

  11. bigmeechy74 - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    We could see the makings of a huge rivalry of hitting vs pitching in the next few world series. If all these bats pan out then we could have the Cubs vs yankees to finally see once and for all if “good pitching beats good hitting.” Think about it… 2016 World series. Kris Bryant, Baez, Soler vs Mccarthy, Shane Greene, and TAnaka. The ratings will be HUGE. I’ve never seen a team loaded with offensive prospects like the cubs or a team loaded with pitching like the yankees. This is gonna be good….

    • longfootlefty - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Yankees fans are funny. I’m not sure any other team’s fanbase has such an over-inflated sense of their own players.

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        I hate the yankees more than any other team in any sport. I’m so disgusted that they are good for NO REASON and guys like shane greene and mccarthy look like Pedro Martinez in his prime

      • longfootlefty - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Part of the reason is that they get to beat up on the worthless Red Sox about 18 times a year. That will help just about any pitching staff look good.

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