Finally. Per David Kaplan, Jorge Soler will be called up by the Cubs, and will be joining the big club in Cincinnati tomorrow.
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.
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.
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 Bryant 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)
Home Runs: 50
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)
Home Runs: 41
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
April – 27.7%
May – 25.4%
June – 27.2%
July – 27.4%
August – 26.3%
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.
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.
I’m not going to lie, yesterday was a big day. For years now, we have talked about Javier Baez, reported on him, traveled to see him, provided live updates of his at bats in Tennessee, Iowa, etc. Yesterday we watched with all of you as Baez did something to help the Major League team, on the field. Sure, he’s just one guy, but he signals the next step in this process, and that is something to be truly excited about.
As soon as MLB gets their crap together I will embed.