Results tagged ‘ Jorge Soler ’

8/27 Soler power

Jorge Soler didn’t waste any time proving he was ready for the Major Leagues. The Cubs prospect homered in his first big league at-bat in the second inning Wednesday, crushing a 2-1 pitch from the Reds Mat Latos to center field.

Soler is the first Cubs player to homer in his first at-bat since Starlin Castro did so, also at Great American Ball Park, on May 7, 2010. Castro finished that game with six RBIs.

Javier Baez also homered in his Major League debut on Aug. 5, but his blast came in the 12th inning against the Rockies, not his first at-bat. Told that he had to match Baez, Soler smiled.

“I’ve waited two years for this moment,” Soler said before the game.

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Cubs lineup

Jorge Soler is starting in right field and batting fifth Wednesday night for the Cubs in Game 2 of their three-game series against the Reds. Soler will be the eighth Cubs player to make his Major League debut this season. Jacob Turner makes his first start. Anthony Rizzo is not in the lineup. He came out of Tuesday’s game because of lower back tightness. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Soler RF
Castillo C
Alcantara CF
Valaika 1B
Turner P

8/26 Soler to start Wednesday

Manager Rick Renteria said Jorge Soler will likely bat fifth or sixth on Wednesday and make his Major League debut in right field.

“I think it’s pretty exciting for the whole organization,” Renteria said Tuesday about Soler’s promotion. “A young man that has been talked about quite a bit will be joining us tomorrow, and everybody’s pretty excited about it. Their teammates are excited about it, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Why promote him on the road?

“Just getting their feet wet — I couldn’t say if it’s detrimental or advantageous one way or the other,” Renteria told reporters in Cincinnati. “I think they’re still coming out here to play the game of baseball. So I think they’re more concerned about what they’ve got to do between the lines.”

Why was Soler promoted before Sept. 1?

“I’m sure that the organization feels that he’s been moving along and that they’d like to get him up here to start experiencing some big league baseball, kind of get his feet wet and kind of chip away and see how he goes,” Renteria said.

Soler is the second member of the so-called “core four” to be promoted to the big leagues, joining Javier Baez.

“The development system, we’re very proud of, because they’ve had a lot of these guys and they’ve done a good job with them,” Renteria said. “And when they get here, we’re very comfortable when they get here. Just like everything, once a guy breaks into the big leagues, they have hiccups; it could be just about anything. But we’re hoping they’ll be able to handle both successes and failures as best as they can.”

8/25 Soler to join Cubs

Cubs fans have had a chance to see a glimpse of the future with recent call-ups of Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks and Arismendy Alcantara. Now, Jorge Soler will join the group. Soler, 22, will join the Cubs in Cincinnati, and was expected to be at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday.

Ranked No. 5 on MLB.com’s top 20 Cubs prospects, Soler belted a three-run homer in the third inning Monday in Iowa’s game against Tacoma, and was then pulled from the game after two innings. The right-fielder was batting .282 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs with Iowa, including a .373 average with runners on base.

Soler began the season with Double-A Tennessee, but suffered a leg injury after his first game April 3. He went on the disabled list and return in May, but again played sporadically. After rehabbing in Mesa, he rejoined the Smokies in July, and batted .463 in 15 games before he was promoted to Triple-A. In nine games in July with Iowa, he hit .304, and was batting .271 this month.

The Cuban outfielder signed a nine-year, $30 million contract in June 2012, and is on the Cubs’ 40-man roster. He’s part of the so-called “core four” that also includes Baez, Kris Bryant and Albert Almora. Bryant is at Iowa, and leads all Minor League hitters with 43 home runs, while Almora is playing for Tennessee.

Because the team is on the west coast, Soler will need Tuesday to travel.

– Carrie Muskat

8/25 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler both homered but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 5-4, to Tacoma in 14 innings for its ninth loss in the last 10 games. Bryant connected in the first inning with a two-run homer, his 43rd of the season in the Minor Leagues. Soler went 3-for-5 with a solo shot in the seventh. Dallas Beeler started, and threw six shutout innings.

Felix Doubront gave up three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 9-7 loss to Jacksonville. Doubront walked three and struck out five in his rehab start. Addison Russell had two hits, including a two-run home run in the ninth. Pin-Chieh Chen had four hits and Lars Anderson had three.

Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs to help Daytona beat Lakeland, 7-1. Schwarber finished with three RBIs, and was batting .314. Tayler Scott got the win, giving up one run over five innings. Billy McKinney had two hits.

Daury Torrez gave up two unearned runs over five innings in Kane County’s 2-1 loss to Burlington. Carlos Penalver had two hits, including a double.

Boise had the day off, and resumes play Monday against Everett.

Mesa totaled two hits in a 5-1 loss to the Angels.

8/12 Minor matters – Monday’s games

Dan Straily threw six shutout innings in Iowa’s 3-0 win over Oklahoma City. Straily gave up two hits and walked three while striking out four. He’s now 7-6 with a 4.06 ERA. Jorge Soler extended his hit streak to six games with a double. Josh Vitters and Matt Szczur had two hits each.

Tennessee had Monday off, while Daytona’s game against Lakeland was postponed because of weather. The D-Cubs will play a doubleheader on Tuesday. Kane County had Monday off and resumes play against Quad Cities.

Danny Canela went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs in Boise’s 11-6 win over Eugene. James Norwood started and gave up one run on three hits over four innings.

Jose Paulino threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out six, in Mesa’s 8-1 win over the Rangers. Kevonte Mitchell, Yasiel Balaguert and Ho-Young Son each tripled. Son finished with three RBIs.

8/9 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Jorge Soler homered and drove in three runs to help Iowa beat Oklahoma City, 8-5, on Friday. Dallas Beeler posted a quality start for the win in his first pro start in his home state. Rafael Lopez hit a two-run single in the second and Soler connected in the third, driving in Kris Bryant, who was hit by a pitch. Mike Olt added a RBI double. Soler added a RBI double in the sixth. Blake Parker picked up his 22nd save.

8/6 Minor matters – Tuesday’s games

Mike Olt hit a grand slam and Jorge Soler was a triple shy of the cycle in Iowa’s 7-4 win over Omaha. Olt went 2-for-4, and has hit safely in 10 straight games. Soler had three hits, including his fourth home run, and drove in three runs. He’s now batting .286. Kris Bryant had two hits and extended his hitting streak to nine games. He’s 12-for-30 in that stretch. Dan Straily picked up the win, giving up six hits over seven innings while striking out nine.

Tennessee had Tuesday off, and returns to action against Mobile on Wednesday.

Rob Zastryzny gave up one run over five innings but did not get a decision in Daytona’s 3-1 win over Clearwater. Daytona scored three runs in the top of the eighth. Billy McKinney had two RBIs.

In the first game of a doubleheader, Kane County lost, 4-1, to Peoria. Duane Underwood gave up two runs on two hits over two-thirds of an inning. In the second game, Kane County held Peoria to four hits in a 4-1 win. Ben Wells gave up one run over six innings and Jeffrey Baez hit a solo home run.

Boise is off for the All-Star break. Mark Zagunis hit a double for one of the South team’s four hits.

Mesa had the day off.

8/2 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Josh Vitters and Eli Whiteside each homered to back Carlos Pimentel and lead Iowa to a 9-2 win over New Orleans. Bryant connected for the second time in as many games, and ranks second in the Minor Leagues with 36 homers total. Soler hit his third in 10 games with Iowa. He’s batting .286. Pimentel gave up one run over six innings.

Addison Russell hit a solo homer in the first and Christian Villanueva hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th to lead Tennessee to a 2-1 win over Pensacola. Corey Black started but did not get a decision. He gave up one run over six innings and struck out seven. Russell is batting .293 and has seven homers and 15 RBIs in his last 15 games. Albert Almora had two singles, and Lars Anderson had three hits.

Daytona was blanked for the second straight day, losing 7-0 to Charlotte. Chadd Krist hit two doubles. It was the 14th time Daytona has been shut out this season.

Tyler Ihrig gave up two runs over 5 1/3 innings in Kane County’s 6-2 win over Quad Cities. Chesny Young, Jeffrey Baez and Trey Martin each posted multiple hit games.

Boise scored four runs in the ninth to tie the game and won on a walk-off wild pitch in the 11th in a 11-10 win over Vancouver. Dillon Maples started, and gave up four earned runs over three innings. Alex Tomasovich had three hits and three RBIs. Charlie White drove in two runs and also threw three scoreless innings in relief. It was his first Minor League pitching appearance. He struck out three and earned the win.

Gleyber Torres had two hits and two RBIs in Mesa’s 9-0 rain-shortened win over the Athletics. Yes, it rains in Arizona. Justin Steele started and threw three hitless innings and Carson Sands followed with two more scoreless innings.

7/24 40-man realities

There has been plenty of speculation by commenters here about whether or not Jorge Soler or others will be called up in September. On Wednesday, Theo Epstein was asked whether Soler would be promoted because the outfielder was on the 40-man roster.

“The 40-man is a real consideration when it comes to promotions,” Epstein said. “If a player is already on the 40 or has to be protected this winter and has to be added to the roster [because of the Rule 5 Draft], it just makes it easier to call them up than if you have to prematurely add a player to the 40-man just for September.

“We haven’t made those decisions yet,” Epstein said. “We talk about the different possibilities and discuss the pros and cons. We don’t start to focus on it until the last week of August, and even then, we hope that [Triple-A] Iowa will be in the playoffs and we hope they go deep. That affects the calculus if you’re only looking at a couple weeks left in the Major League season.

“Yes, the 40-man does make a difference, and the need to be added for Rule 5 protection, does make a difference.”

For a list of who is on the 40-man roster, you can go to Cubs.com, and click on “Roster.”

– Carrie Muskat

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