Welcome to the big leagues, Jorge Soler.
The Chicago Cubs outfielder made an impressive debut with the club, hitting a home run in his first at-bat while finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI and one strikeout.
Here is a look at the first at bat for the 22-year-old Cuban star:
As ESPN Stats & Info points out, he put himself in rare company with the homer:
Of course, this comes less than a month after fellow prospect Javier Baez also made a dramatic entrance:
2014 Cubs are the first team in history to have two players, each age 22 or younger, HR in their 1st MLB games (Baez/Soler)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 28, 2014
Jesse Rodgers of ESPN Chicago couldn't believe what he was seeing:
You've got to be kidding. Jorge Soler HR in first AB...— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) August 27, 2014
Soler becomes the latest in a long list of talented prospects to impress early for the Cubs:
Welcome to the show, Jorge Soler! The newest member of the Cubs youth movement just mashed a solo home run in his first MLB at-bat.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 27, 2014
Christopher Kamka of Comcast SportsNet recaps how young the current lineup is for this team:
Tonight's #Cubs lineup features 5 players born in the 1990's 1990: Castro 1991: Turner & Alcantara 1992: Baez & Soler— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) August 27, 2014
Of course, Soler could not come through in every at-bat, as Eye on Baseball joked:
Jorge Soler pops up to second in his second at-bat. Don't see what all the hype is about.— Eye on Baseball (@EyeOnBaseball) August 28, 2014
After striking out in his third at bat, ESPN's Chris Sprow was upset:
Jorge Soler hasn't hit a home run in over an hour. You think you know someone.— Chris Sprow (@SprowESPN) August 28, 2014
However, he was finally able to come through in his fourth at-bat. With runners on first and third, Soler kept a rally going with a big hit, as described by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times:
Soler gets second hit, second RBI of night and it's suddenly a one-run game.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) August 28, 2014
Unfortunately, Welington Castillo followed up by grounding into a double play to end the inning. The Cubs ended up losing the game 7-5.
With the two hits in the debut, the young outfielder gave a glimpse of the talent he possesses. Another top Cubs prospect, Kris Bryant, was impressed watching him in Triple-A, via Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune:
He’s just an unbelievable talent. We’ve just got to keep him on the field. He’s scary. I wouldn’t want to be playing third base when he’s hitting. A really great kid, and an amazing outfield arm. I just think he’s a really good guy to have in the organization.
Carrie Muskat of Cubs.com noted that Soler has also received praise from one of the best hitters of the last few decades:
It is clear the young outfielder has gotten the attention of plenty of people around baseball.
The question is whether he can keep up his strong play going forward. Fred B. Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune explained the reason for the timing of his call to the majors:
Epstein says Soler brought up before the rest of the September call-ups to get him more at-bats. Soler wearing #68.— Fred B. Mitchell (@kicker34) August 27, 2014
If things go well, he should be up to stay and help the Cubs build one of the best young rosters in the major leagues.
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