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jorge soler cubsA little bit of good minor league news to brighten your afternoon. A few weeks after Javier Baez got the honor, Jorge Soler has now been honored as the Florida State League’s Player of the Week.

Soler, 21, had just four games in the week at issue, but he still hit two homers, a triple, and three doubles. He’s had a slump here and there, but, by and large, he’s been destroying High-A with consistency. He sports a .281/.369/.542 line in one of the most pitching-friendly leagues, and, having just turned 21 in February, he’s younger than average for the league.

Perhaps more impressively, he has nearly as many extra-base hits (14) and walks (13) as he does strikeouts (17). In short, Soler has been an absolute monster this year. It’s hard to see him sticking in High-A for much more than another couple months. The Cubs are going to want to see how he transitions to AA later this year.

In a season where we’ve seen the Cubs’ top prospects suffer early ineffectiveness, injuries, and visa problems, it’s nice to see at least one big timer performing like a big timer.

  • BluBlud

    “It’s hard to see him sticking in High-A for much more than another couple months”

    Shouldn’t this say more then a couple weeks.

    • Kyle

      No, months is fine here.

      Seriously, people are just clamoring constantly for insanely quick promotions.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I tend to think that a single, in-season promotion is the most you’ll see for almost any prospect, even the top ones. And they tend not to happen until at least after short season ball gets started, which is in mid-June.

      • Cubbie Blues

        But, do you think they would move someone from AA straight to MLB? Or, even just a month or two of AAA?

        • Kyle

          I think you could see a guy in AA get a week or two on the bench in September as a reward if they feel like he deserves it, but I don’t think they break permanently into the big-league lineup without some time in AAA.

        • Hawkeye

          Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t the Cubs FO state at one time that they wanted to see a minimum number of AB’s at the AAA before promotion to teh big leagues. I think it came up during the debate of when Rizzo would be promoted.

          • Dynastyin2017

            Yes, that is the FO’s stock line, but take it with a grain of salt. Rizzo’s promotion was more a function of when to start his arb clock. I think this FO is smart enough to know when a player is ready.

            • Kyle

              It probably isn’t a literally unbreakable rule, but their history in Boston shows they don’t consider AAA an optional step.

            • Cubbie Blues

              That’s what I was getting at. It’s their stock line, but they aren’t going to hold anyone back who is ready. If Soler continues to rake later this year in AA, could he start at AAA next year for 1-2 months then be called up? I am trying to qualm my impatience with the minimum timeline.

              • Koyie Hill Sucks

                Castro went straight from AA to MLB so I don’t see why others couldn’t do the same.

                • Jim

                  He was promoted mostly because Hendry was trying to jump start the Cubs who were flailing to begin 2010.

          • Superman

            Yeah something like 400 AB. They talk about that a lot

          • On the Farm

            They would like to see a full years worth of ABs at AAA, but they also said (I think around the spring) that if a prospect shows potential they would have no problem calling him up from AA.

            The Rizzo situation had a little to do with Super Two status, and a little to do with LaHair’s decent first half.

            • TWC

              “… little to do with LaHair’s decent first half.”

              You misspelled “month”.

            • Jim L

              Didn’t they also work on some adjustments to Rizzo’s swing and wanted him to get more ABs in AAA?

          • spearman

            That maybe a money thing. Soler is already getting paid!

  • Superman

    I would love to see him and Baez both make the jump to AA by July.

    • DarthHater

      Yea, a guy whose SO percentage is 45 points higher than his OBP is definitely ready for a promotion.

      • Superman

        I am saying I would like to see them together. Not saying Baez deserves it or anything.

  • Superman

    When in the world in Vogelbach going to get the call up to Daytona? Hitting .295 with a .369 OBP .819 OPS and 5 homers in 149 PA.

    • Jp3

      Yeah he and Shoulders should get bumped together.

  • Superman

    Hey Brett any work on Junior Lake?

    • Superman

      Any word I mean

  • JulioZuleta

    One thing to keep in mind about potential Soler promotions/his eventual call up to Chicago is that he does not have the same service time issues as most prospects. Yes, his salary can escalate in arbitration like others, but they can’t lose a year of service by calling him up early. That could mean he moves a little quicker than he otherwise might.

    • ssckelley

      This is why I think he gets a look after the rosters expand in September.

      Correct me if I am wrong but since Soler signed a MLB contract I don’t think he is eligible for arbitration. He is making 1 million this year to play in the minors, next year it bumps to 2 million, and it increases another million every other year through 2020 ($23 million in total).

      • Cubbie Blues

        I’m not sure what the breakdown of the money is, but it’s his service time that doesn’t matter. He can also opt out of the salary structure and go to arbitration if he feels like he would be benefited by doing so.

        • ssckelley

          You’re right, I stand corrected. After he has 3 years of MLB service time he can choose arbitration over his contract.

          But still, in order for Soler to choose that option over his contract means he has been producing very well at the MLB level. So really service time should not be an issue to the Cubs when they call him up. They are obligated to pay at least what his contract calls for anyway.

      • X the Cubs Fan

        I think he has the option to opt out of arbitration.

  • corey costello

    Oh man, I hate the DH, but if the NL gets it, vogelbach should be the DH.

    Imagine that.

    Dejesus Castro Rizzo Soler Vogelbach Baez Castillo Barney and……someone else.

    2 3 4 5 6 respectively

    • Stinky Pete

      I’m gonna guess that David DeJesus and Dan Vogelbach will never play on the same team. Unless they are packaged together.

      • corey costello

        Oh yeah, I just threw in a player from the Cubs that I could see still here.

  • ruby2626

    .281 Average. Sorry but monster might be a bit of a stretch.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      A 0.911 OPS in a pitcher-friendly league is pretty monstrous.

    • TWC

      Well, sure, if you define success based on batting average. Which would be remarkably foolish.

  • Justin

    Brett, I am not trying to be negative, but is .a 281/.369/.542 line for Soler really that impressive at High A? Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad by any means. But I guess I expected more from him at that level. And yeah, he’s sure as hell doing much better than the Cubs other top prospects.. Maybe it is badass and the Florida state league is just that tough, so feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

    • TWC

      He has a .911 OPS and he doesn’t strike out much. Seriously, what more do you want from him in his first season of pro ball?

      Sorry he’s not meeting your expectations, kid.

      • hansman1982

        BUT HE ISN’T HITTING OVER .300!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • TWC

          Well, back to the island with him then.

        • Justin

          Who cares if he’s hitting .300? Not me… I will never doubt Soler ever ever again on this blog everyone. He is a baseball genius. Please forgive my naive question.

      • college_of_coaches

        “What more do you want from him…”

        Given the longtime trend of unreasonable expectations placed on Cubs prospects by Cubs fans, I (as a Cubs fan) want to see a batting avg. of .406 with an OPS of 1.287 (.553 + .735).

        • TWC

          “I (as a Cubs fan) want to see a batting avg. of .406 with an OPS of 1.287 (.553 + .735).”

          An ISOd of only .147?

          Trash.

          • X the Cubs Fan

            so true

      • Justin

        Chill TWC….. Can I share an opinion/question without being called a kid? I guess I am wrong for asking Brett that question, TWC. You freaking Douche…

        • TWC

          I’m calmer than you are, Dude.

          • Justin

            Nah, I am pretty chill kid.

            • Carew

              I got both y’all beat.

        • SweetJamesJones

          Well he did ask you a question…

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yeah, some data points:

      Average OPS in the FSL is .699. (http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130225&content_id=41998650&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&tcid=tw_share)

      Average age in the FSL is about 23. (http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/2009/09/minor-league-averages-2009/)

      So, a .911 OPS at age 21 in the FSL is absolutely badass. It’s 7th best in the league, behind Miguel Sano and a bunch of older, mostly non-prospects.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Also: Miguel Sano’s numbers are just hilariously, ridiculously good. It makes me sad to think that, in the offseason, folks debated who was the better prospect, him or Baez. I suppose you could still kind of debate, but the numbers aren’t in the same galaxy right now.

        • Justin

          Yeah Sano is amazing at the plate. He has some serious defensive questions from everything i have read though. I guess his bat plays at first though..

          • Dynastyin2017

            And Sano’s only has a 30% K rate.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          Soler’s, on the other hand, are at least in a satellite galaxy. Seriously, those numbers would look good in a beer league. (OK, that’s hyperbole, which means I’m mixing astronomical metaphors because satellite galaxies probably don’t have hyperbolic orbits very often…..)

          • TWC

            … and you call yourself a scientist!

            ::storms out, slams door::

      • Justin

        Thanks for sharing that data Brett. That’s exactly what I was looking for, and makes me feel very good about Soler.

    • Kyle

      It’s the 7th highest OPS in the FSL, minimum 100 PAs, and five of the six players ahead of him are older.

  • Tank

    Isn’t .850 OPS traditionally hall of fame worthy? in the big leagues of course. I thought I remember hearing a stat like that in the past. Anybody remember that or ever hear of that?

  • 5412

    Hi,

    I am one that believes kids should EARN promotions. So far Baez has a way to go.

    5412

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