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Hip Hip, Jorge! Per Reports, Jorge Soler is Getting the Call

Finally.  Per David Kaplan, Jorge Soler will be called up by the Cubs, and will be joining the big club in Cincinnati tomorrow.

LOUD NOISES!!!!

Soler hit his eighth home run (with Iowa) of the season tonight, off of Mariners number one prospect Taijuan Walker… then was pulled from the game, now we know why.  Welcome to Chicago, Jorge!  The one thing fans will notice with Soler is the advanced approach, he knows how to work his at bats, and will take his walks, a stark departure from what we have seen from Baez, etc.

 

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Addison Russell Continues to Show Off His Power (VIDEO)

It was an exciting day for the prospects yesterday, and Addison Russell made sure to join the fun.  Russell belted his 12th home run of the season with the Smokies (175 at bats), after a slow start, Russell has dominated Double-A pitching.

 

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Oh Hey, Just Another Kris Bryant Homer (VIDEO)

Another day, another opposite field blast by Kris Bryant, number 43 on the year, and number 21 with Iowa.  Running out of superlatives to describe what he is doing, so just watch the video.

 

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Boise Throttles Vancouver

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  It was all Boise from the word go in this one, as the Hawks put up six runs over the first three inning en route to a 10-3 victory in Vancouver.

At the Plate:

  • Rashad Crawford did his job from the lead-off spot tonight, he was 2-for-5 with a triple, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Charcer Burks has been productive all year, it continued today as he went 3-for-6 with an RBI, three runs scored, and two stolen bases.  Burks is now hitting .337 on the season.
  • Alex Tomasovich had a solid game, he went 3-for-5 with two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Erick Leal got the start and did more than enough to walk away with the win, his sixth of the season.  Leal worked six innings, giving up one run, unearned, on six hits, while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Josh Davis worked a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.
  • Yomar Morel cleaned this up despite being knocked around.  Morel worked two innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out two.

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Fun With Numbers: Kris Bryant’s Professional Career

It might be hard to believe, but Kris Bryant was the Cubs first round pick in 2013, that’s right, last year.  With how much we talk about BryantBryant here, and on Twitter, you would think he has been around forever.  Well, there is good reason for it, Kris Bryant has turned himself into a super prospect.  Yesterday’s game with Iowa marked the 163rd professional game for Bryant, or one more game than your typical Major League regular season, let’s dive into Bryant’s stupid numbers.

 

All of these stats are totals from Bryant’s pro career (163 games)

Batting Average:  .336 (194-for-578)
Doubles:   48
Triples:  2
Home Runs:  50
RBI:  137
SB:  16
BB:  89
SO:  180

OBP:  .432
SLG:  .685
OPS:  1.117

Well, that’s absurd.  Even more disturbing is that Bryant started his professional career extremely slow.  In July of 2013 he only hit .220 with two home runs, and nine RBI’s (11 games).  Of Bryant’s 194 hits, 100 are for extra bases, he is a slugging machine.

Now, let’s focus on his 2014 season, which has him as a finalist for Minor League Player of the Year.

2014 Totals (Combined numbers from Tennessee and Iowa)

Batting Average:  .336 (151-for-450)
Doubles:   34
Triples:  0
Home Runs:  41
RBI:  105
SB:  15
BB:  78
SO:  145

OBP:  .444
SLG:  .684
OPS:  1.128

As Bryant faces better competition, he has better production across the board.  2013 is weighing down his OBP/OPS… which is to be expected to some extent seeing it was his first experience as a pro, and it came at the end of his College season.  The one thing that I take away from these stats is this, the strikeout rate.  A guy with Bryant’s power is going to have a certain amount of swing and miss in his game, but his K rate remains static as he ascends through the system, it’s like clockwork actually.

K rate for his career (based on plate appearances) – 26.2%
K rate in 2014 (based on plate appearances) – 26.8%

Breakdown of K rate in 2014 per month

April27.7%
May25.4%
June27.2%
July27.4%
August26.3%

I like seeing this, I think there might be an uptick in these numbers once he’s called up, but maybe not, everything I’ve seen so far indicates that he will sit at this rate rather consistently, and I’m okay with that if he’s hitting 40 home runs a year.  I don’t think Bryant will be called up this year, but early 2015 definitely makes sense, and will set the stage for the Cubs to be relevant again.

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Addison Russell is Stronger Than Me, Blasts Another HR (VIDEO)

One night after hitting a grand slam, Russell belted a two-run shot… I know, underwhelming.  The kid can hit, and I love watching him play shortstop, enjoy his dead center blast from last night.

A line drive, that went over 400 feet.

 

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Kris Bryant Destroys Home Run Number 41 (VIDEO)

What a season for Kris Bryant, we’ll have a post about that shortly, but for now, enjoy his 41st(!!) home run of the season.

That friends, is a bomb.  Bryant just wears out center and right field, it’s a thing of beauty.

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Hip, Hip…Jorge! Soler Mashes Another Homer (VIDEO)

The next super prospect to get the call to the Majors is going to be Jorge Soler, especially if he continues the tear that he is on.  Soler has been banged up for almost the last year and a half, but he has the look of someone that is back to 100%

Last night he had himself a huge game for Iowa, he went 2-for-3 with a double, his fifth Iowa home run, two walks, three RBI’s, and three runs scored.  The transition from level to level for Soler has been impressive in that there really hasn’t been one.  Seamless is a word that comes to mind, and because of this, I expect that Soler will be up with the big league club in right field on September first, if not sooner.

 

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Javier Baez Being Promoted to Cubs! Per Report

Per a Bruce Levine report, the Cubs are ready to call up Javier Baez, as in TOMORROW!  Levine broke the news this afternoon, and of course I have ZERO access to twitter to enjoy this.  But per that report, Javier Baez will be in a Cubs uniform tomorrow…. WOW.  Hold onto your butts.

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Addison Russell Goes Deep Again (VIDEO)

I don’t know about you, but I could watch Addison Russell hit all day.  Russell went deep again yesterday, his 8th home run for the Smokies, and is not showing any signs of slowing down.  Russell started slow after the trade from Oakland, but is hitting .364 in his last ten with five home runs.  Tasty.

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