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?