The Best of 2014: No. 1, Soler homers in his first major league at-bat

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Every baseball season is filled with memorable moments, and this year’s Cubs campaign was no exception. Cornerstone players had bounceback seasons, newer additions stepped up, and top prospects made their big league debuts. To wrap up the year, we asked you to pick your top 10 moments of 2014. This was your favorite moment from the season.

No. 10: Rizzo’s late-season walk-off homer
No. 9: Hendricks makes an easy transition to the bigs
No. 8: Castro, Rizzo named All-Stars
No. 7: Maddux gets inducted into the Hall of Fame
No. 6: Wrigley Field celebrates its 100th birthday
No. 5: Baez hits the eventual game-winning homer in ML debut
No. 4: Baker scores the game-winning run after pitching a scoreless 16th inning
No. 3: Arrieta leaves Fenway Park to a standing ovation after pitching gem
No. 2: Arrieta tosses a complete-game one-hitter

As our top vote-getter, it’s clear Cubs super prospect Jorge Soler not only made an impression on his major league club, but on the fan base as well. In 89 big league at-bats, the 22-year-old put up an impressive .292/.330/.573 slash line with five home runs and 20 RBI. But no moment was more memorable than his first.

With the North Siders leading 1-0 in Cincinnati after a Luis Valbuena homer, Soler stepped to the plate for his first major league at-bat in the top of the second inning. The Cuban expat took two pitches down in the dirt from Reds righty Mat Latos and watched a third go by for a strike on the inner half. The fourth pitch sat up in the zone, and Soler was ready for it, taking it over the bullpen in deep center for his first career home run.

“I feel real proud about it,” Soler told MLB.com. “All of my family was watching the game, especially my father here at the game. I feel real happy and proud that I did well today.”

Injuries had caused Soler’s stock to drop prior to the season, but the young slugger put any lingering doubts to rest in his first 24 big league games. It will be interesting to see what he can accomplish in a full season in 2015.

3 Comments

IMO we can depend on seeing a whole lot more of this spectacular athlete. I’m higher on this young man than I have been on any prospect the Cuibs have ever brought up. I fully expect him to have a monster year, much loike his fellow Cuban with the Sox who tore it up last year. Soler will likely hit fifth behind Rizzo and will be both ROY and MVP. He looks like a bigger stronger Clemente to me.

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I have to disagree. solor is injury prone, and on the immuturish side. i believe he can have a very successfull carear. even a hall of fame one., but i have never seen anything like javier baez before. once he learns not to pull every pitch and decides to consistently go the other way when being pitched that way, he will become this generations babe ruth. the type of player thatt comes around every 80yrs. or so! he’s done things in the minor leauges that if anyone else did them would be seen as sppetacular, but for him was commonplace! 4hr gms. 2 grand slames in the same game. game winning hits in the 9th which all had to be hmrs. in order to win the game. most of the times with two outs! fellow teamates have said he’s called hmrs. like ruth used to do. he is the most clutch hitter the mknors have ever seen. he doesnt know the meaning of the word panic, or pressur, or choke. he doesnt have ice water in his viens. he’s got dry ice in his viens!

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