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Aug 6, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielderJorge Soler
(68) hits a two run RBI single during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
Right Field: Jorge Soler
Could you imagine what this 23-year-old outfielder would have done if he hadn’t missed nearly two months of action due to a couple of injuries? Sure, he started off a bit slow, but he turned a bunch of heads during the opening round of the postseason against the Cardinals.
During the regular season, Soler managed to only record 10 big flies while driving in 47 runs behind a combined 96 hits in 366 at-bats. Shortly after returning from his first stint on the disabled list, Soler put together a six-game hitting streak and another 10-game hitting streak before ending up on the shelf for the second time
Shortly after returning from his first stint on the disabled list, Soler put together a six-game hitting streak and another 10-game hitting streak before ending up on the shelf for the second time in late August.
He seized an opportunity in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, drawing a walk in his first post-season appearance. Soler came back the next day, going 2-for-2 with a double, home run, two RBI, and another two walks as the Chicago Cubs prepared to host their first postseason game at Wrigley Field since the 2008 campaign.
It’s just been awhile since the Cubs actually won a playoff game in front of their home crowd, but Soler would help change that. He sent another pitch to the bleachers, reaching base safely nine times in a row.
New York even got a taste of Soler when he went 3-for-4 with two doubles in the elimination game at Wrigley Field. His postseason batting line stood at .474/.600/1.105 which is freakishly good for a team that was swept.
If he can manage to stay healthy, expect Soler to really take off into orbit in 2016.