1000 Words: Soler swings away


(Photo by Stephen Green)

One of the most exciting aspects of early camp is getting the chance to see some of the organization’s top prospects in action. This week, Cubs fans in Mesa, Ariz., are getting their first glimpse of Jorge Soler, the massive Cuban right fielder the team signed to a nine-year, $30 million contract last June. Soler, who won’t turn 21 until Feb. 25, weighs in at 6-foot-3, 205-pounds (and looks bigger than that).

In 20 games for Class-A Peoria last year, he hit .338 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 80 at-bats. Baseball America ranks him the team’s No. 3 prospect, and baseball insiders, including Cubs manager Dale Sveum, rave about his light-tower power.

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