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Monday, September 01, 2014

HBT: Jorge Soler with an extra-base hit in each of his first five games

Middlebrooks could be a Hall of Famer too. You don’t know.

Jorge Soler made his Wrigley Field debut this afternoon and the Cubs faithful were happy with what they saw… Soler poked an opposite-field double and eventually came around to score on a bloop single from Welington Castillo. The 22-year-old was later credited with another double in the sixth, this time after hitting the ball off the right-center field wall. He managed to advance to third on the play due to an error by center fielder Gerardo Parra… With today’s performance, Soler became the third player in the last 100 years with an extra-base hit in each of his first five games in the majors. Enos Slaughter (1933) and Will Middlebrooks (2012) are the only others. A Hall of Famer and someone who has a .651 OPS since his rookie season. Interesting duo.

Soler is now hitting .526 (11-for-19) with three home runs, four doubles, seven RBI, and a 1.761 OPS over his first five games since his call-up from Triple-A.

The District Attorney Posted: September 01, 2014 at 09:26 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Cargo Cultist Posted: September 01, 2014 at 10:00 PM (#4783408)
He's looking like the real thing. Let's hope it's not just small sample size.
   2. madvillain Posted: September 02, 2014 at 01:02 AM (#4783458)
His bat speed looks very, very good. His first double was pretty much pure strength from a tardy but ultimately effective cut. Eventually, guys won't throw him fastballs in the zone, then we'll see what happens. It's the 1st adjustment usually.
   3. zonk Posted: September 02, 2014 at 07:26 AM (#4783485)
Yeah, it's interesting to compare Baez's and Soler's swings - they've both got plus-plus bat speed. I think Soler's looks smoother, I guess you'd say - not Baez's is ugly, but it just feels more violent versus Soler's.

One thing Soler has going for him is that his minor league BB rate was pretty darn good in comparison to the rest of the vaunted kids.

   4. salvomania Posted: September 02, 2014 at 09:44 AM (#4783544)
Soler hits the way I was expecting Oscar Taveras to hit. Taveras hits major league pitching like a guy who's swinging a golf club.
   5. Spahn Insane admires Maddon's balls. Posted: September 02, 2014 at 10:41 AM (#4783594)
Soler hits the way I was expecting Oscar Taveras to hit. Taveras hits major league pitching like a guy who's swinging a golf club.

I haven't seen much of Taveras, but I see what you're saying. He seems to have quite the uppercut (assuming that's what you meant).
   6. Moses Taylor Posted: September 02, 2014 at 12:37 PM (#4783755)
Soler actually seems to have a plan at the plate, and a much better eye than Baez. Baez appears to do what I think Corey Patterson would do - decide before the pitch whether or not to swing regardless of the type of pitch of location - I have no idea if that's true, it's just how it appears seeing the pitches he takes vs swings at.

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