Chicago 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.