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.
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.
Javier Baez is doing everything the Cubs organization wants him too, and then some. On Sunday, Baez went nuts, he hit two home runs, and walked twice, and has been showing increased patience at the plate of late. That coupled with his second half resurgence has many fans ready (more so than usual) for Baez at Wrigley.
The first home run… a laser.
The second home run.. a towering shot.
The Cubs are going to trade Emilio Bonifacio. Per the reports, that may come way sooner than later, as multiple sources around the Cubs have said that a deal is very close.
The Orioles, Giants, Royals, Reds, and Mariners have been tied to Bonifacio as recently as this past week. If I had to guess, I think Bonifacio will be dealt to the Orioles, stay tuned. The Cubs signed Bonifacio rather close to the start of the 2014 season, and has provided all sorts of value all over the field. If the Cubs can turn Bonifacio into something tangible moving forward that would be a big win for the organization.
In a bit of a surprising move, the Cubs have acquired LHP Felix Doubront from the Red Sox for a player to be named later. From multiple reports, including one out of Boston from CSN, the Red Sox were not expected to get much for Doubront. Another report has the teams holding off on naming the player to be named later until after the Rule Five draft.
Doubront has recently voiced his displeasure with the Red Sox organization, so the writing was on the wall. The Cubs jumping up to make a deal for him is the surprising part, as the Cubs are in full sell mode, and this is a player that has the potential to help now. Doubront has struggled this year and was demoted to the Sox bullpen just recently, probably one of the reasons why Doubront was unhappy.
Before this year, Doubront won eleven games for the Red Sox in back to back seasons, while posting an ERA of 4.86 in 2012, and 4.32 in 2013 while helping the Sox win the World Series. I think that the Cubs want Doubront back in the rotation, and he could be a solid contributor once Bosio gets his hands on him.