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Giving Jorge Soler’s Defense Some Love – Watch Him Rob a Homer (VIDEO)

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jorge soler robberyJorge Soler has always had a cannon of an arm, made for right field. This season, and increasingly recently, however, the other aspects of playing effective right field – good reads off the bat, efficient routes, speed to the ball, etc. – have appeared lacking in Soler’s game.


To that point, you do have to recall that this is a guy who has had extremely limited professional experience, and is still just 23 years old. That he has some developing to do in the outfield should not be a surprise. He’s also had leg injuries each of the last two years, and that’s probably also had some impact.

But, rather than dwell on Soler’s defensive issues, right now, I wanted instead to share his awesome catch from last night. With the Cubs up 4-1 with no outs in the 9th, and Jason Motte on for the save with a runner on base, Khris Davis sent one deep to the wall in right. It looked like it was just going to get out of the yard when …


That’s a really impressive job tracking the ball, knowing where the wall was, and timing his jump. Yes, Soler currently rates as the second worst full-time defensive right fielder by UZR/150, but, at least for that play, he was a stud.


Considering the game situation makes the play all the more impressive. If Soler doesn’t make that catch, who knows what happens?


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.