Jorge Soler joins Peoria Chiefs

Jorge Soler joins Peoria Chiefs

In some big news today, the Cubs have announced that high profile Cuban signee and Cubs Den #2 prospect has moved up to Peoria.

Soler was hitting just .241 with 2 HRS in Arizona but you should always take rookie league stats with a grain of salt.  Soler has shown the kinds of tools it takes to succeed at the upper levels.  He has shown legit power with superior bat speed, he has run the bases well, played good defense, and has even shown some solid plate discipline with a 10% walk rate (small sample, of course).

Though he has a large frame, Soler still has the body of a younger player, somewhat loose and gangly, and he has yet to fill out and develop the kind of strength that is expected.  For right now, Soler is hitting for power the way you like to see young players do it, with quick hands through the zone and with solid hitting mechanics, including the kind of load in his swing that projects for big time power once he matures.

Soler's visit in AZ was more about getting his timing back than where he was in terms of development, so performance and statistics weren't so much the guiding point as scouting reports.  Apparently, the Cubs feel he is ready.  He will be in uniform tonight in Burlington.

For those in the Chicago area, Soler will be in Beloit this weekend, which is less than a 2 HR drive away.  Road trip?



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  • Wowsers! Sooner than I had expected.

  • In reply to lokeey:

    Me too!

  • It's might be better to go slow with so of the very young prospects.
    One extra year in the minors is not going to hurt them.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    Soler is old for the AZ league though. He needs to move up for his development.

  • Cool! going to see the chiefs in Appleton in mid August and was kinda selfishly bummed baez went to Daytona, now this puts a big shine on it.

    Question; How fast is he? I heard above average with projection to lose a tick maybe as he gets bigger but he seemed to be stealing quite a few bases, is he speed better than expected or is it more a by product of instincts/Azl talent level?

  • In reply to Andrew13:

    Above average speed right now, a lot has to do with instincts and the level he's playing at. No way he keeps that frame and retains that speed.. He'll trade that for power in the next couple of years. Swing is already made for power, once he gains out.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    thanks a bunch for that, kinda what I was guessing

    I will happily take the speed/strength trade off, as you said his body looks like it has the potential to get huge

    Really interested to watch him develop, as I know we all are

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    It may be too early to tell, but at his ceiling, who does Soler most resemble?

  • In reply to Break The Curse:

    Really early on that one and I'm not a comp guy but hoping he can give the Cubs their best all-around RF'er since Dawson, similar size to the Hawk too.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    yeah but does he have the Hawks crazy 26 inch waist or whatever it was? I remember seeing him up close and he was a real physical marvel. small waist, big shoulders and legs. not sure you could make a more perfect body for a baseball player. man, i just realized I have a man crush on him! lol

  • In reply to RTGrules:

    Haha! No, but Soler has a crazy athletic build himself. Not comparing the two as players, but just saying he has a chance to contribute in all phases the way Hawk did.

  • First time post just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your articles John and Tom keep up the good work! I came across this pretty good video of almora

  • In reply to DRose22:

    Thanks DRose both for the kinds words and the video!

  • Woop Woop! That's the sound of the police!

    Hope he tears it up.

  • In reply to Carne Harris:

    Haha! Me too!

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    Soler in Peoria. Almora in the fold and developing. Vogelbach, Amaya, and Torreyes exceeding expectations. Baez on his own planet, even with the struggles in Daytona.

    Intriguing next-tier talent at the upper levels: Lake, Watkins, and Szczur (*more* than willing for the last to prove me wrong, but at the moment I see him as, essentially, a league average center fielder).

    This is shaping up to be a real interesting off-season.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I see Szczur as around league average as well. Above average speed, defense, and hopefully OBP, but right now well below average power. I'd take that for now.

  • Great news indeed! Hopefully Almora joins him soon.

  • In reply to Manny:

    Hopefully, or at least Boise for Almora so I can see him on MiLB

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I see Peoria for Almora and soon - for Soler's sake. It is no coincidence that Yasiel Balaguer was sent to AZ before Soler's debut to help ease the transition. If I remember correctly, Almora and Soler became friends at a youth tournament in Canada a few years ago, so it would help Soler to have a familiar face. Also it's not as if Peoria's much bigger, but I don't really think Boise would prepare him much for the adjustment to the big city of Chicago.

    Ultimately, I want the Cubs to do what they think is best for Almora's development, which may be to take their time with him.

  • In reply to gocubsgo25:

    Agreed 100% All things being equal, I think they'd love to team up Soler and Almora but in the end what's best for each's development will win out -- and who knows? Maybe that means they'll be reunited in Peoria soon.

  • Thank god I live close to Peoria! Looks like I'll be attending another game soon! Can't wait to see soler play!

  • In reply to Joshnk24:

    I probably won't make it to Peoria, but they'll come out to Chicagoland to play the Cougars in Sept. Hopefully they add another player or two by then.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Ya I hope to see almora in Peoria this year but that could be wishful thinking.

  • So much for waiting until a prospect gets used to a good level of success at one level before promoting him to another.

  • In reply to SFToby:

    The Cubs were looking for benchmarks that probably didn't involve statistics. Keep in mind that Daniel Vogelbach would have never gotten out of extended spring training if it were based on numbers, his stats made Soler look like Barry Bonds.

  • In reply to SFToby:

    I view AZ and to a certain extent Boise as a place for 17 & 18 year old kids to play baseball, while also growing up without any spotlight or fan scrutiny. Soler is 20, so I think Peoria is appropriate. I'd guess low-A is where the soft rule you mentioned begins to be more strictly adhered to. Age is always a factor. My guess is that Almora and Vogelbach, who are still teenagers, don't get to Peoria until next year, regardless of how much success they have in the Rookie League/SS A.

  • In reply to Cubswin4harry:

    I'd say this is fair and accurate.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    "I'd say this is fair and accurate."

    So not like a certain infamous news channel?

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    In reply to Just Win:

    If we're going to talk about politics, can I talk about sex and religion, too? :-D

    Let's start with religion (you're welcome, John). So, I was reading Leviticus today...

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Leviticus....Isn't he the advance scout for the Dead Sea Scrollers of the Original Mideast League?

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Do you think Amaya and Candelario spend another year in Boise, then? Amaya, in particular, seems to be screaming for a promotion at this point. (Have I mentioned how much it sucks that my two favorite non-Baez prospects both play second base?)

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Amaya seems like he can hit just about anywhere. May have the best overall approach of any Cubs hitting prospect.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    And just to round it out, college draftees often go straight to High-A. No need to send an accomplished 21 year old college player through low A or SS ball where the level of play might be below their college competition.

    I think I've heard the Cuban professional league compared to High-A, competition-wise. So again, I don't view Soler's jump to Peoria as inconsistent with the approach the FO is taking. It seems they started him off in AZ probably to teach him the "Cubs Way" and get his feet wet.

  • In reply to Cubswin4harry:

    True, I think it was a forgone conclusion he'd move up somewhere. Soler's league was more like the AAA of Cuba, so low A makes sense.

  • what are the chances of reggie golden starting in the mlb?

  • In reply to kingpro98:

    Very, very low at this point. He was raw to begin with and he lost a ton of development time.

  • what ever happened to conception john? and what were your first thoughts on when we signed him?

  • In reply to kingpro98:

    He caught mono. My impression was that it was an overpay, since he's the talent level of about a 3rd rounder, but there was more involved than just signing a pitcher on that one. I understand why they did it, but Concepcion is probably a #5 at best.

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    BTW, Tom Skilling just said on the radio here in the Chicago that a major storm is rolling in and we should get the most rain of any storm this year, tonight. Sounds like a good chance of a rain delay or worse for tonight's game.

  • remember Hawk's insane bat speed?

  • This is such a great move. I am going to the game in Beloit on Saturday, and now might look to go on Sunday and Monday as well now. Plus the Chiefs are back in Beloit in about another week.

  • In reply to Clark n Addison:

    I'll be there Sunday.

  • I'm new too John but I've been reading for six months and I love your blog. It's great how no one insults others and resorts to hateful/racist speech. Bravo

  • In reply to Mitterwald:

    Thanks Mitterwald! We have great readers/commenters here. People may debate,but it's always about baseball.

    Love the handle too. Still remember when Mitterwald hit those 3 HRs.

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    Vogelbach is straight up ridiculous... 2 more HRs tonight.. John if he keeps this up you think he will be sent to Peoria?? He's hitting 356..

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    I don't think Soler played tonight.. I looked on and he wasn't in the box score

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