The Book on Jorge Soler
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Jorge Soler / OF, CHC
30 | 8/1/2014
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (8/20/2014): #39
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #49
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #21
Minor League Ball (Sickels): Unranked or n/a
Baseball America 2014: #41
Baseball Prospectus: #45
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
A tall and lanky teenager who arrived in the DR in the winter of 2011, outfielder Jorge Soler is one of the most promising Cuban prospects in baseball today. He's already shown off his tools in Dominica, and while he looks like a centerfielder right now, physically, his height and young age make it quite possible he'll be a corner fielder when he finishes growing. And if his loopy power swing develops as expected, he'll hit like one too.
He's already showing signs of MLB videogame level power at the plate, and his very strong arm is certainly real. His iffy contact skills and lack of patience at the plate, though, are equally clear indicators that he's still a rather rough gem. One bonus for his future home in The Show: the youngster already has an electric personality in his toolbox, which means he could be a real cover boy come 2015 or so.
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News and Notes
7/23/2014 by DataBoy
After 22 games with Tennessee, Cub prospect Jorge Soler appears to be quite finished with the Southern League, thanks very much. The slugger, who the Cubs rebooted with a trip to Rookie ball back in March, has destroyed AA pitching even more easily, slashing .415/.494/.862 with six home runs in only 65 at-bats. Time for Iowa.
6/13/2012 by KDaddy
And finally, just as expected, Jorge Soler has signed with the Chicago Cubs. What wasn't expected is the 9-year (NINE year) deal, nor the $30M. If he develops as expected over the next couple of years, he could be a huge bargain for the Cubs, who'd be paying an average of only $4M/yr for a starting fielder with great tools.
2/16/2012 by KDaddy
Now this is just getting silly. Today's loudest buzz has not the Yankees, Marlins, Cubs or even Blue Jays going hard after Jorge Soler, but a new force: the (admittedly aging and needful) Philadelphia Phillies. By the time he signs with someone, Soler will have been linked with every team in baseball. Ah, to be young and Cuban and a free agent. Salad days.
2/15/2012 by BallGirl
Well, if the Cubs really do have a Top Sekrit deal in place for Jorge Soler, they're doing a heck of a job in spin control: Soler worked out in Boca Chica today for Blue Jays management. So if this one really is on the level, we can add Toronto to a (lengthening?) short list for Soler that already includes Chicago, Miami and the Yankees. Chicago still has to be the favorite, though.
2/14/2012 by BallGirl
The Red Sox appear to be out of the running on Cuban phenom Jorge Soler, but the Cubs may have a new rival for the outfielder's services: the New York Yankees apparently made a very strong and very late push. We won't know whether either of these teams (or any other) have succeeded until Soler's legal employment situation is resolved, but the buzz is that an MLB team already has an informal handshake agreement in place.
2/13/2012 by KDaddy
Most of the fight for young Cuban phenom Jorge Soler seems to be heating up between the Cubs and Red Sox, as expected. One has to wonder if there's something a little personal in this particular GMs' competition. Sadly, we won't know who wins for awhile: unlike the MLB-ready Yoenis Cespedes, the (probably-more-talented) Soler is still a few years away.
1/12/2012 by DataBoy
A number of teams are showing increasing interest in Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, especially those not in the Prince Fielder derby. The leading contenders so far? The retooling Red Sox and rebuilding Cubs.