After a disappointing beginning to the 2014 season, both Albert Almora and Jorge Soler have ridden prolonged hot streaks to well-deserved promotions according to Carrie Muskat:
For Soler, it was just a matter of staying healthy enough for the skill to shine through, as he obliterated double-A pitching with the same fury as Kris Bryant earlier in the season. Soler’s final line at Tennessee this year was an incredible .410/.500/.852 with six home runs, a 16.2 percent walk rate and an 18.9 percent strikeout rate in 74 plate appearances.
The 22-year-old Soler is currently signed to a Major League contract and has a spot on the 40-man-roster, so he will be promoted more aggressively than most Cubs prospects and an eventual call-up to the Majors is a possibility later in the season.
As for Almora, his promotion is much more unexpected despite moving his average up to .283 and hitting his seventh home run of the year in tonight’s game. Almora still needs to take more walks as his rate of 3.1 percent this year is the worst rate of his career since his debut in 2012. Almora has been on fire lately though, and has struck out in just 12.1 percent of his plate appearances.
However, no matter how well Almora had been playing, his numbers do not beg for a promotion so this move shows how much the Cubs believe in his potential and how well they believe he can handle the biggest jump prospects have to make, moving from advanced-A to double-A.
As Almora stays on track for a possible Cubs debut in 2016, Jorge Soler will now join Javier Baez and Kris Bryant at Iowa and all three appear to be on a collision course for Chicago some time in the near future.