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Jorge Soler called up by Cubs, expected to join team Wednesday
BY GORDON WITTENMYER
The Cubs decided they’ve waited long enough to try to answer their $30 million question – pulling high-priced outfield prospect Jorge Soler from his game with AAA Iowa Monday night for a promotion to the big leagues.
Soler, who is 10-for-16 with three homers and 10 RBIs in his last four games, hit a three-run homer for the I-Cubs in Tacoma, Wash., Monday night before leaving the game and learning of his promotion.
Baseball America’s 41st-ranked prospect when the season started, Soler is expected to travel Tuesday and join the Cubs roster Wednesday in Cincinnati for the second of a three-game series.
He’ll become the eighth player to make his major-league debut for the Cubs – the third among the Cubs’ top seven-ranked prospects entering the season, joining infielder Javy Baez and infielder/outfielder Arismendy Alcantara.
Soler, 22, has played only 151 professional games since signing a nine-year, $30 million deal in June 2012, spending much of last season and this season on the disabled list.
He played just seven games through July 5 this season because of hamstring injuries.
Soler hit .340 with 15 homers, 57 RBIs and an 1.132 OPS in 62 games at three levels – including .284, eight home runs, 29 RBIs and .996 in 32 AAA games.