Cubs: The best international signings in team history

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Chicago Cubs: Blasting rockets out of the park

5. Jorge Soler

This 6’4” power hitter from Cuba was signed by the team on June 30th back in 2012. He would make his debut just two short years later against the Cincinnati Reds, where he went 2/4 with two hits, including a home run. Soler would go on to play three seasons with the Cubs. In those seasons, he blasted 27 home runs while holding onto a .258 batting average.

As a member of the 2016 World Series championship team, Soler proved to be a force in the lineup. The 2016 season alone, Soler drove in 31 while only playing in less than 90 games that season. While his strikeouts weren’t the best, but he was drawing walks at least sometimes. At least you can say Soler made some of the pitchers shake, due to his ability to crush the ball if a pitcher makes a mistake.

The squad traded Soler to the Kansas City Royals for relief pitcher Wade Davis. Last year, Soler boomed 49 home runs with a batting average of .265 as he played in all of the Royals’ 162 games.