Jorge Soler

Jorge Carlos Soler Castillo (born February 25, 1992) is a Cuban-born professional baseball outfielder for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Soler played for the Cuban national baseball team in international competition. He defected from Cuba in 2011, seeking a career in MLB. After establishing his residency in Haiti, Soler signed a nine-year contract with the Chicago Cubs. He made his MLB debut in 2014. The Cubs traded Soler to the Royals after the 2016 season.

Jorge Soler
Jorge Soler 2018 (cropped)
Kansas City Royals – No. 12
Outfielder
Born: February 25, 1992 (age 27)
Havana, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 27, 2014, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through August 17, 2019)
Batting average.252
Home runs73
Runs batted in220
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Cuban career and defection

Soler played for the Cuban national baseball team in the 2010 World Junior Baseball Championship, where he had a .304 batting average, .500 on-base percentage, and .522 slugging percentage. His nine walks were the second most in the tournament.[1] Cuba won the bronze medal. Soler also played briefly with the Industriales in the Cuban National Series.

Soler defected from Cuba in 2011 to pursue his career in Major League Baseball (MLB). He established residency in Haiti.[2] Soler was unblocked by the Office of Foreign Assets Control on June 2, 2012, making him an MLB free agent. As a free agent, many teams were involved in bidding on Soler's services.[3]

Scouting profile

Soler is 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and weighs 215 pounds (98 kg). He was described as a power-hitting outfielder who would likely play right field. Jim Callis of Baseball America described Soler in 2011 as "a 19-year-old athlete with five-tool potential."[4] According to Callis, Soler likely would have been a top-five pick in the 2010 draft had he been eligible. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus did not rank Soler in his list of the top baseball prospects prior to the 2012 season, but said he would have ranked Soler as the 38th or 39th best prospect if he were eligible.[5] Some teams preferred Soler to higher profile Cuban defector Yoenis Céspedes.[6] Keith Law of ESPN.com indicated that Soler had the talent of a top-five draft choice in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, had he been eligible to be drafted.[7] Writing for Fox News, Mauricio Rubio wrote that "Early in his career he was benched for not hustling, and in a separate incident he ran toward an opposing dugout with a bat."[8] Writing for the Sporting News, Jeff Mans noted that: "The biggest issue with Soler aside from the hamstring injuries is his temper.... He started out on the wrong foot with the Cubs after failing to report to minor league camp shortly after signing his nine-year, $30 million deal, feeling that he should have been in Chicago immediately. The other scare for the Cubs brass was his relative inability to hit righthanded pitching."[9]

According to Statcast, Soler's average launch speed was 91.39 miles per hour (147.08 km/h) in 2016.[10]

American career

Minor League Baseball

On June 11, 2012, Soler reportedly agreed to a nine-year $30 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.[11] The Cubs had reportedly agreed to a deal with Soler before he was declared a free agent, though Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer denied this.[12] He made his professional debut that same season with the AZL Cubs and was promoted to the Peoria Chiefs in August. In 34 games between the two teams he batted .299 with five home runs and 25 RBIs.

On April 10, 2013, while playing on the Daytona Cubs, immediately following a bench-clearing incident, Soler charged the opposing Clearwater Threshers' dugout while brandishing a baseball bat.[13][14] He was ejected from the game, was fined, and received a five-game suspension.[14] Soler spent all of 2013 with Daytona, slashing .281/.343/.467 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs in 55 games.

Jorge Soler on August 4, 2014
Soler batting for the Iowa Cubs in 2014

Soler began the 2014 season with the Tennessee Smokies. On July 22, 2014, after batting .415/.494/.862 with six home runs and 22 RBIS in 22 games, Soler was promoted to the Iowa Cubs.[15]

Chicago Cubs

On August 25, 2014, Soler was called up to the Chicago Cubs for the first time. In 32 games for Iowa prior to his call up he was batting .282 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs in 32 games. In his major league debut on August 27, facing Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos, Soler hit a home run in his first major league at-bat,[16] becoming the 117th player in MLB history to do so.[17] On September 1 Soler had two doubles in his home debut for the Cubs to become just the third major league player in the last 100 years to have at least one extra-base hit in each of his first five games in the majors.[18] Two days later Soler became the second player in Cubs history with as many as 10 RBIs in his first seven games as a major leaguer. Soler was the starting right fielder for the Cubs 2015 season until an ankle injury sidelined him in early June. He returned to the starting lineup on July 5 after spending time in rehab.[19] He finished the regular season with a .268 batting average, 15 home runs and 67 runs-batted-in.

In 2015, Soler's postseason debut, he walked as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning in Game 1 of the Division Series and followed up with a double, two-run home run to straightaway center and two more walks in Game 2, and another home run, a single and two walks in Game 3. Record setting Soler [20] started his postseason career by reaching base nine times in a row, in which he recorded five walks and hit two home runs, a double and a single. In Game 4 Soler ended a game-tying St. Louis Cardinals sixth inning rally with an outfield assist on a game-saving inning-ending put out of Tony Cruz at home plate.[21] The Cubs won the game 6–4 and beat the rival St. Louis Cardinals in four games to advance to the National League Championship Series.

Soler's playing time with Chicago dipped in 2016, playing in 86 games compared to 101 the previous year. The Cubs were the most dominant team for the entirety of the regular season, entering the postseason as the favorites. Through 13 at-bats in the playoffs, Soler totaled 4 strikeouts, 3 walks, and two hits. Both of his hits came in the World Series. The more notable of the two was a triple in Game 3 off of Bryan Shaw. The Cubs went on to win the 2016 World Series over the Cleveland Indians in seven games.

Kansas City Royals

On December 7, 2016, the Cubs traded Soler to the Kansas City Royals for Wade Davis.[22] After a string of injuries and inconsistency at the plate, Soler was demoted to the Omaha Storm Chasers on June 2. In 74 games for Omaha he batted .267 with 24 home runs and 59 RBIs, and in 35 games for Kansas City, he compiled a .144 batting average with two home runs and six RBIs.[23]

Soler began 2018 as Kansas City's starting right fielder.

See also

References

  1. ^ John Arguello (January 30, 2012). "Cubs are heavily scouting Cuban players | Cubs Den". Chicagonow.com. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  2. ^ "Chicago Cubs sign Cuban prospect Jorge Soler". Content.usatoday.com. November 28, 2011. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  3. ^ "Cubs agree to deal with Cuban prospect Jorge Soler | cubs.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  4. ^ Callis, Jim (December 12, 2011). "Prospects: Ask BA". BaseballAmerica.com. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  5. ^ Goldstein, Kevin (February 13, 2012). "Future Shock: Top 101 Prospects". Baseball Prospectus. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  6. ^ Cafardo, Nick (January 4, 2012). "Sox may prefer Soler to Cespedes – Extra Bases – Red Sox blog". Boston.com. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  7. ^ "Jorge Soler has the talent of a top-five pick in the MLB draft – ESPN". Insider.espn.go.com. Retrieved June 12, 2012. (subscription required)
  8. ^ Fox Sports. "The Jorge Soler scouting report". FOX Sports.
  9. ^ "FantasyAlarm.com Prospect Report: Jorge Soler, Cubs". Sporting News.
  10. ^ http://m.mlb.com/player/624585/jorge-soler
  11. ^ "Report: Cubs get Cuban outfield prospect Jorge Soler – Chicago Sun-Times". Suntimes.com. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  12. ^ "Blog | Baseball America Prospects Blog | Cubs Sign Jorge Soler". Baseball America. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  13. ^ "MiLB Ejection: Sean Ryan (of Bat-Wielding Cub Jorge Soler)." Close Call Sports/Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. April 10, 2013.
  14. ^ a b "Chicago Cubs prospect Jorge Soler tossed after bat-wielding incident". ESPN.com.
  15. ^ "Cubs promoting Jorge Soler and Albert Almora". CSN Chicago. Archived from the original on July 28, 2014.
  16. ^ Muskat, Carrie (August 28, 2014). "First homer, no waiting: Soler arrives with a bang". MLB. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  17. ^ "Jorge Soler and other baseball players who homered in the first at AB". lineup.forms.com. Line Up Forms. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  18. ^ Jackson, John. "Castillo and Valbuena hit HRs, rookie Soler has 2 doubles to lead Cubs in 4–2 win". timescolonist.com. Associated Press. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  19. ^ Mitchell, Fred (July 5, 2015). "Cubs game day: Lead Marlins 1-0". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  20. ^ Kernan, Kevin. "107 years later, these young, powerful Cubs are due". nypost.com. New YorkPost. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  21. ^ Hayes, Dan. "Jorge Soler's perfect throw home saves day for Cubs". csnchicago.com. CSN Chicago. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  22. ^ https://www.si.com/mlb/2016/12/06/wade-davis-cubs-royals-trade-rumors-jorge-soler
  23. ^ "Jorge Soler Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 21, 2018.

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2012 Chicago Cubs season

The 2012 Chicago Cubs season was the 141st season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 137th in the National League and the 97th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fifth in the NL Central with a record of 61–101, their worst record since 1966. The Cubs began the season at home on April 5, 2012 against the Washington Nationals and finished the season at home on October 3 against the Houston Astros.

The season marked the first season with Jed Hoyer as General Manager and Theo Epstein as President of Baseball Operations. It also marked the first season with Dale Sveum as manager. The season also marked the last season with the Houston Astros in the National League Central as they would move to the American League West in 2013.The season also marked the first season in the Cubs rebuilding project under Theo Epstein that would break their 108-year World Series drought and lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Series championship.

The season was the last full season with the Cubs for Alfonso Soriano, who would be traded at the 2013 trade deadline.During the offseason, the Cubs would acquire future All-Star Anthony Rizzo from the San Diego Padres. During the season, the Cubs would also acquire players that would play important roles during their 2016 World Series season: Travis Wood was acquired via trade from the Cincinnati Reds on December 23, 2011, Albert Almora was drafted on June 4, Jorge Soler was signed as an amateur free agent on June 30, and Kyle Hendricks was acquired via a trade with the Texas Rangers on July 30.

2015 Chicago Cubs season

The 2015 Chicago Cubs season was the 144th season for the franchise, the 140th in the National League and the 100th at Wrigley Field. They began the season on April 5, 2015 in a first-ever night game home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals at partially renovated Wrigley Field, and finished on October 4, 2015 on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cubs finished the season with the third-best record in baseball (97–65) which was also the third-best in their division, finishing one game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates (98–64) and three games behind the division winner, the rival St. Louis Cardinals (100–62). As a result, they qualified for the second wild card spot for the 2015 postseason and defeated the Pirates in the 2015 National League Wild Card Game and faced the Cardinals in the Division Series. The Cubs defeated St. Louis in four games and advanced to play the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series. It was the Cubs' first appearance in the NLCS since 2003. However, they were swept in four games and were unable to make it to their first World Series since 1945, which they would do the next season.

In 2015, Forbes valued the Cubs at $1.8 billion, ranking them 17th out of all sports franchises in the world, and the fifth highest in all MLB. The Cubs attendance for the regular season was 2,959,812, up over 300,000 from the previous year.

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The Mets would go on to lose to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series in five games.

2015 National League Division Series

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(1) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champion) versus (5) Chicago Cubs (Wild Card winner)

(2) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champion) vs (3) New York Mets (East Division champion)The higher seeded team in each series hosts Games 1, 2, and 5 (if necessary), and the lower seeded team hosts Games 3 and 4 (if necessary).

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The Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series and returned to the National League Championship Series for the second year in a row, where they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games in the 2016 World Series, their first appearance since the 1945 World Series and first win since the 1908 World Series. In the World Series, the Cubs came back from a three-games-to-one deficit, winning the final three games. The last time a team came back from a three-games-to-one deficit to win the World Series was the Kansas City Royals in 1985. The Cubs were also the first team to win Games 6 and 7 on the road in a World Series since the Pittsburgh Pirates had done so against the Baltimore Orioles in 1979. The World Series victory put an end to the so-called Curse of the Billy Goat and the longest World Series championship drought in history.

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