3/18 Soler, Baez sendoff
Jorge Soler and Javier Baez were batting 3-4 for the Cubs on Monday against the Padres. The pair of top prospects will officially join the Minor League camp on Tuesday — Soler has been assigned to Class A Daytona. It’s been an interesting camp for the future Cubs. So far this spring, Soler was batting .250 (8-for-32) with one home run and three RBIs in 16 games, while Baez was batting .333 (13-for-39) with four home runs and nine RBIs in 15 games, and hit two more homers in an exhibition game against Team Japan that don’t count in the Cactus League stats.
Soler said he’s learned a lot about hitting, most importantly the need to be patient at the plate.
“I’ve never seen this kind of pitching before,” he said. “It used to be when I played, 3-0 fastball, 2-0 fastball, and now it’s different. Now 3-0 changeup for a strike, 2-0 slider for a strike. The pitchers have more command of every single pitch.”
He’s still hopeful to make the Cubs next year but there’s a lot of adjustments to be made. Baez has helped Soler with some English.
Veteran Alfonso Soriano delivered some advice, too.
“Soriano told me no matter what kind of money you get, what kind of money your signing bonus is, you have to work hard every single day, and when you go down the Minor Leagues, you have to be a good example for the Minor Leaguers,” Soler said through interpreter, Franklin Font.
— Carrie Muskat