Cubs Minor League Daily: Soler Suprise

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Soler Suprise

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iowa cubs logoJorge Soler has had an unusual season. In addition to all the injuries, the questions, and lately being awarded a couple nice honors, Soler has outperformed pretty much all expectations for him this season.

One number that really jumps out, though, is his walk rate. Last season with Daytona Soler posted a very respectable 8.9% walk rate. This season he has posted a walk rate of 15.2% through 79 plate appearances in Double A, and 15.9% through 44 plate appearances in Triple A. Those numbers are not only statistically significant when taken together (a practice of admittedly debatable value) and very impressive, they are markedly better than anything Soler has done thus far in his stateside professional career.

Soler as a slugger was exciting enough. Soler as a patient slugger who can hit for average? That could be a lot of fun to watch.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – The first place Cubs padded their lead with this 7-4 win.
Tennessee – The Smokies had the night off.
Daytona – The Cubs rallied for three in the eighth for a 3-1 win.
Kane County – After dropping the game suspended from yesterday 4-1, Kane County won the second game 4-1.
Boise Hawks – The Northwest League is enjoying their All-Star break.
Arizona – Arizona had the day off.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Mike Olt staked the Cubs an early lead with his second Iowa homer, a towering grand slam.
  • [Iowa] Jorge Soler doubled, homered (his 4th) and finished 3 for 5.
  • [Iowa] Kris Bryant walked and finished 2 for 3.
  • [Iowa] Dan Straily pitched a solid game for the Cubs. Over 7 innings he allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and struck out 9. He walked none.
  • [Daytona] Rob Zastryzny allowed a run on 5 hits and a walk while striking out 5 over 5 innings. After struggling to start the season, his second half has been pretty good.
  • [Daytona] The Cubs bullpen of Stephen Perakslis (3 IP, 1 BB) and Zack Godley (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) also pitched very well.
  • [Daytona] Jacob Hannemann had the only multi-hit game for the Cubs, finishing 2 for 5 with a stolen base (his 4th). Rock Shoulders, with 3 walks, reached base the most.
  • [Daytona] A triple from Bijan Rademacher and a double from Gioskar Amaya accounted for the extra base hits for the Cubs.
  • [Kane County] Ben Wells allowed a run on 4 hits in the game the Cougars won, with Tyler Bremer pitching the final inning.
  • [Kane County] Duane Underwood technically started the first game completed today, and the box score says he left after 0.2 innings. That is the point at which the game was suspended on August 4. When play resumed on the 5th, Jen-Ho Tseng took the mound.
  • [Kane County] Chesny Young finished with 2 hits in each game, all singles. Across three levels this year the second baseman has an OPS of .865.
  • [Kane County] Shawon Dunston doubled and finished the day with 3 hits.
  • [Kane County] Jeffrey Baez picked up his first Cougar homer of the season in the final inning of the late game.

Other News

  • The Northwest League All Star Game was last night, and after ten scoreless innings the game ended in a tie (per pre-established rules). The only Cubs prospect hit in the game was a double off the bat of catcher/outfielder Mark Zagunis.

Author: Luke Blaize

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.