gods-wrathChicago Cubs prospect Jorge Soler was having himself a hell of a first full professional season this year in Daytona when he started having an issue with his leg, right around the All-Star break. It turned out that the issue was a stress fracture, and it may have actually first occurred back in Spring Training. It flared up midseason (after he took a foul ball off the shin) sufficiently that the Cubs had to shut Soler down, saying that he’d be out at least four to six weeks, and then we’d see what was what.

That was six weeks ago, and having been re-evaluated in Chicago, Soler is unfortunately still in a walking boot. Theo Epstein told the media that Soler probably wouldn’t play again this minor league season (which has just a few weeks left), and needed more time to heal (per Cubs.com). The good news is that the Cubs are still hopeful that Soler can play in the Arizona Fall League, which begins in October. There, Soler can play against high-level competition and make up some of the lost at bats. Alternatively, Soler could play in a Winter League – in the Dominican Republic, for example – which would start a little later.

For now, I think the best guess is that Soler will play in the AFL, which will definitely make that quite a bit more fun to follow. Indeed, the Cubs could have a number of top prospects in the AFL this year. Silver linings, and all that.

  • Seth N.

    this sort of lingering injury seems to be our burden the last year or so….

    I’d include Derrick Rose in that I guess.

    Get Better big fella

  • JM

    Here’s hoping he heals hurriedly.

    Like the H factor?

  • Josh

    So assuming that Soler starts next season at Daytona again, they could have a lineup that features Almora, Bryant, Vogelbach and Soler.

    • Noah

      Doubt he’ll start in Daytona again, unless he just looks terrible wherever he plays this fall or winter. He did enough in his time in Daytona to move up to Tennessee.

      • Danny Ballgame

        I would give him couple of months in Daytona before he gets bumped up to AA

  • Jon

    Almora could find a way to hurt himself shaving.

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    #IowaCubs manager Marty Pevey said that Josh Vitters reinjured his hamstring during last night’s game. May need to go bak to DL. #Cubs #PCL

    One more.

    • Jon

      stick a fork in him, he’s done.

    • Frank

      Maybe Vitters should try what they did in the old, days. Between innings sit in the dugout and smoke a Lucky. After a while he won’t be able to hardly run and that equals less strain on the hamstring.

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  • ETS

    ” The Cubs are lacking impact players at the catching position in the Minor Leagues. Epstein said they have talked about converting a few kids to catcher, and have targeted three players. That will begin this fall during instructional league.”

    I found that pretty interesting.

    • Chad

      I wonder which 3. Candelario? I know they jumped Bryant over KC so Candelario could play, but maybe that’s not actually the reason for the jump.

  • Ryan

    Bryant almost surely will go to AA next year. Other than that, seems spot on.

    • itzscott

      Baez, Soler, Bryant, Pierce Johnson, CJ Edwards, maybe Almora & Vogelbach, etc…. Tennessee could have the interesting team to watch next year.

  • David

    What level of competition does the AFL compare to (High A ball, AA, AAA etc…)?

    • Kyle

      Roughly AA, but it might be a bit watered down this year with the new rules.