8/29 Soler to play instructional league
The Cubs did consider having Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler play in the Arizona Fall League but feel he needs more time. Soler, who signed a nine-year, $30 million deal with the Cubs in late June, was expected to play in the Cubs instructional league in Mesa this fall. The 20-year-old outfielder was batting .305 with two home runs and five doubles in 15 games with Class A Peoria.
“Jorge hasn’t played much baseball,” said Brandon Hyde, the Cubs’ Minor League field coordinator who was promoted Wednesday to the club’s director of player development. “We’re excited about the start he’s had in Peoria. He just hasn’t played much and we want to get him in instructional league and get him five weeks to ge this legs underneath him and get in playing shape. He was short on experience this last year. He’s a special talent.”
— Carrie Muskat