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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: JORGE SOLER OUTFIELDER CHICAGO CUBS

It is very rare that you get a crown jewel hitting prospect promoted this late in the summer but that exactly the situation that is at hand when the Chicago Cubs summoned their top outfield gem Jorge Soler late Tuesday night.  With the Cubs in clear rebuilding mode, now was the perfect time for the team to get a quick look at the 22-year-old hitting stud.  Soler's promotion absolutely is an actionable move for those fantasy baseball owners who have not already moved over to fantasy football and the tools the kid brings to the table are enticing indeed.
 
As far as Soler's minor league numbers are concerned, Double-A proved to be well below his hitting standards from the start of the season as he hit a ridiculous .415 with 6 home runs in only 79 at-bats.  Surely seeing that Soler needed an uptick in the quality of opposing pitching, the Cubs promoted him to Triple A where he hit a much lower .282 but slammed 8 home runs in only 127 at-bats.  If you do the extrapolating game, one can easily see that Soler has power that is burgeoning fast and his future as a 30 home run guy seems like it is only a matter of when and not if.  The K rate is a bit high as we see out of many young sluggers, with Soler falling between the 20-to-23 percent on the farm but he successfully counters that with walk rates that are also very good between 13-and-15 percent.  This is a power hitting prospect all the way as Soler has not shown much in the way of speed yet and comparisons to Yoenis Cespedes seem perfectly on point.  As we said earlier Soler is a guy you want to pick up and see where this goes as the future is bright.  The Cubs will give Soler every opportunity to claim an outfield job for next season and than it is sit back time and watch his development.  He will be a good one before you know it.
 
 

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