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Cubs Prospect Jorge Soler Suspended 5 Games for Bat Incident

Mar 16, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler (68) stands in the dugout prior to a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals at HoHoKam stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2013

Jorge Soler, arguably the most promising prospect in the Chicago Cubs farm system, was ejected from a Class-A game Wednesday night after charging toward the opposing team's dugout while wielding a bat. 

A punishment has now been handed down, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN:

The incident marks what has otherwise been an excellent season for Soler. He has a .435 batting average with a 1.258 OPS and two home runs this year. 

According to Brian Linder of the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Soler charged across the field toward the dugout of the Clearwater Threshers with a bat in hand after he had a confrontation with Carlos Alonso at second base.

Thankfully, his teammates restrained him before he could reach the Threshers' dugout and prevented a truly ugly incident from occurring. Soler was saved from a much lengthier suspension or even possibly criminal charges.

Via Linder's report, Alonso had landed on top of Soler after the latter slid into second base, and the two had to be separated by teammates after exchanging heated words.

Soler, 21, is an exciting and talented young player. The Cubs signed him to a nine-year, $30 million contract last year after he defected from Cuba in 2011. At 6'4" and 215 pounds, the outfielder is a physical specimen and one of the crown jewels of a strong Cubs farm system.

Several Cubs noted their surprise at the incident since he had presented himself as a "quiet" and "mild-mannered" guy during spring training, according to ESPN

Now, Soler will have to prove he can keep his emotions in check and shed any "character-issue" labels that he may be associated with following this incident.

 

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