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August 27, 2014

The Call-Up

Jorge Soler

by J.P. Breen and Mauricio Rubio


The situation: The rebuilding Cubs find themselves in need of an outfielder as Justin Ruggiano is likely headed to the disabled list. Top prospect Jorge Soler has been mashing at Double- and Triple-A and has earned a callup that will likely last the rest of the year.

The background: Jorge Soler is a Cuban import who was a breakout star at the 2010 World Junior Championships. He defected from Cuba in 2011 and signed a nine-year, $30 million major-league contract in 2012 after establishing residency in Haiti. Soler’s had a rough ride through the minor leagues as injuries robbed him of valuable development time.

Early in his career he was benched for not hustling and in a separate incident he ran toward an opposing dugout with a bat. The Cubs expressed faith in their right field prospect; they felt that he has matured since then and Soler has rewarded their faith by slashing .340/.432/.700 in 236 MiLB PAs in 2014 after coming back from two different hamstring injuries.

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