Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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‚Äôs 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
  Tags: cubs, jorge soler

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   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, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™ 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, Unwavering Optimist 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.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.



<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF


Thanks to
Adam S
for his generous support.


You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogAre statheads responsible for the most exciting postseason in years
(15 - 11:14pm, Oct 24)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogOTP 2016 October 24: Breitbart Radio Exclusive: Curt Schilling Joins Breitbart News Rotation Weekdays 9AM to 11AM ET
(160 - 11:04pm, Oct 24)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogTigers analytics department now hiring, will soon unveil 'Caesar' |
(25 - 10:57pm, Oct 24)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogCleveland Indians' Salazar throws 3-inning simulated game; next stop World Series? |
(3 - 10:41pm, Oct 24)
Last: charityslave is thinking about baseball

Gonfalon CubsBring on the outsourced 5 minute Indians preview
(58 - 10:25pm, Oct 24)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogWho's cheering for the Cleveland Indians in the World Series? At least one big-name celebrity |
(33 - 10:24pm, Oct 24)
Last: SouthSideRyan

NewsblogOT: October-November 2016 Soccer Thread
(74 - 10:09pm, Oct 24)
Last: frannyzoo

NewsblogWon for the ages: After years of waiting and suffering, Cubs are in World Series - Chicago Tribune
(29 - 10:05pm, Oct 24)
Last: There's a bustle in Misirlou's hedgerow

NewsblogHow two men brought hope back to the Chicago Cubs | FOX Sports
(13 - 9:46pm, Oct 24)
Last: Spahn Insane, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™

NewsblogOT: NBA 2016-17 Preseason Thread
(258 - 9:44pm, Oct 24)
Last: sardonic

NewsblogCubs clinching pennant changed mindset that has been around far too long - Chicago Tribune
(17 - 9:41pm, Oct 24)
Last: Skloot Insurance

NewsblogChief Wahoo, Cleveland Indians' logo, heads to the World Series. Prepare for outrage. - Chicago Tribune
(38 - 8:46pm, Oct 24)
Last: Cargo Cultist

NewsblogWelcome back, Kyle Schwarber! | 2080 Baseball
(42 - 8:44pm, Oct 24)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogCleveland Indians in World Series really is bigger than game -- Terry Pluto (photos) |
(5 - 4:25pm, Oct 24)
Last: John Northey

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1998 Ballot
(1 - 3:52pm, Oct 24)
Last: DL from MN

Page rendered in 0.1390 seconds
47 querie(s) executed