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Just How Good Can Cubs’ Cuban Outfield Phenom Jorge Soler Be?

August 28, 2014 by Jason Catania · Leave a Comment 

Amid yet another losing season, a streak that soon will run to five straight, the Chicago Cubs unveiled yet another new toy Wednesday night: top prospect Jorge Soler. A 22-year-old native of Cuba, Soler made his much-anticipated major league debut against the Cincinnati Reds and did so with some flair, homering in his very first plate appearance in the bigs. "I'm real, real happy about it," Soler told Carrie Muskat of MLB.com after the game. "First time in the big leagues, first at-bat. I was very excited and happy about that." This is the swing—his first-ever as a Cub—that brought out those feelings: Soler joined fellow ...

Cheat Sheet for MLB Fans to Know Superstar Prospect Jorge Soler

August 27, 2014 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

Despite another losing season, there is no shortage of buzz surrounding the Chicago Cubs this season, thanks to what may be the best farm system in all of baseball. Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara have already worked their way into the everyday lineup, and outfielder Jorge Soler is set to join them, as he will make his major league debut on Wednesday night. "I think it's pretty exciting for the whole organization," manager Rick Renteria told Carrie Muscat of MLB.com. "A young man that's been talked about quite a bit will be joining us tomorrow. Everybody's pretty excited about it." Soler will play ...

Jorge Soler’s Call-Up Is Brilliant Move by Struggling Chicago Cubs

August 27, 2014 by Mike Chiari · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs are in the midst of another difficult season, but the debut of top prospect Jorge Soler is a signal that better days are on the horizon. According to Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com, the Cubbies have decided to see what the rising Cuban star can do at the big league level: Per the Cubs' official Twitter account, he will make his debut and bat fifth against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday night: At 22 years old with monster numbers in the minors, Soler is more than ready to make the jump. He is a career .307 hitter with 28 home runs in ...

Anthony Rizzo Injury: Updates on Chicago Cubs Star’s Back and Return

August 27, 2014 by Tim Keeney · Leave a Comment 

Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2 The Cubs' official Twitter feed reported on Rizzo's status for Tuesday's game: Carrie Muskat of MLB.com has the results of an MRI Rizzo took, while Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago expands on how the Cubs view his status for the remainder of 2014: WSCR-AM's Bill Levine, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat and ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers have more detail:   Updates from Monday, Sept. 1 Carrie Muskat of MLB.com confirmed Anthony Rizzo's absence from Monday's lineup: Rick Renteria later spoke about Rizzo's status (via Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune): Jesse Rogers of ESPN also provided the next steps for Rizzo:   Updates from Saturday, Aug. 30 The ...

Jorge Soler to Make Cubs Debut: Latest Reports, Analysis and Reaction

August 26, 2014 by Scott Polacek · Leave a Comment 

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 27 The Chicago Cubs confirmed Jorge Soler's major league debut on Wednesday:     Original Text Chicago Cubs fans have spent their entire lives saying “wait ’til next year,” but next year feels closer than it ever has recently. Jorge Soler is the latest highly regarded prospect in the Chicago system to get the major league call-up, as David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com first reported and Carrie Muskat of Cubs.com confirmed: Soler was pulled from Monday's Triple-A game after he clubbed a three-run home run. He signed a nine-year, $30 million contract with the Cubs in 2012 after defecting from Cuba in 2011 and ...

Stock Up, Stock Down for Chicago Cubs’ Top 10 Prospects for Week 21

August 25, 2014 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

There is just one week remaining in what has been a fantastic minor league season for the Chicago Cubs, with top prospects turning heads at every level. Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks, Arismendy Alcantara and Matt Szczur have all risen from the ranks of top prospect to big league contributors, and there will likely be more debuts come September. As members of the 40-man roster, Jorge Soler and Arodys Vizcaino both have a solid chance of getting the call, while the biggest question that remains is whether Kris Bryant will debut in 2014 or early 2015. For now, here's an updated look at the ...

Chicago Cubs: An Early Offseason and Free-Agency Primer

August 24, 2014 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

Heading into 2015, there is actually reason for optimism among the Chicago Cubs fanbase. While this year has been similar to others, it has also seen top prospects such as Javier Baez shoot their way through the minors as they get closer and closer to The Show.  With a few more prospects due to come up next season, the Cubs are potentially a couple big offseason moves away from being able to compete next year. The progress the prospects have made this season has sped up the rebuild, and some splashes in the winter could accelerate it even more.  Here's a look ...

Kris Bryant Will Set MLB Ablaze If Given Much-Deserved 2014 Call-Up

August 19, 2014 by Mike Rosenbaum · Leave a Comment 

Twitter erupted Saturday night following news that Kris Bryant was pulled during the middle of Triple-A Iowa’s game. He didn’t appear to suffer an injury in the game, which only fueled speculation that the 22-year-old slugger was headed for The Show. Unfortunately, it was learned soon thereafter that Bryant departed the game after aggravating a left-foot injury suffered earlier in the week, when he fouled a ball of his big toe, and would undergo an MRI the following day. And just like that, the excitement regarding Bryant’s potential call-up shifted to concern about the injury. With less than a month left in ...

Stock Up, Stock Down for Chicago Cubs’ Top 10 Prospects for Week 20

August 18, 2014 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

With just two weeks left in the minor league season, it's fair to say that 2014 has been a rousing success for the Chicago Cubs down on the farm. Prospects Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks and Arismendy Alcantara have all seen significant time at the big league level and shown flashes of what promises to be a bright future on the North Side. As rosters expand in September, there will likely be at least a few more significant call-ups, with 40-man roster members Jorge Soler and Arodys Vizcaino the two most intriguing names of that group. For now, here's an updated look at the ...

3 Young Starters the Chicago Cubs Should Target in a Trade This Offseason

August 16, 2014 by Sean Cunningham · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs have done an exceptional job at collecting assets in recent years, but with many of their young players ready to contribute, they will soon need to turn those assets into a balanced roster built to compete for a World Series title. The Cubs have one of the best farm systems in baseball, but while their system is loaded with potential impact hitters, it is light when it comes to pitchers ready to contribute. Next season Chicago will have the good problem of having to find a way to slot the likes of Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Javier ...

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