Former Chicago Cubs prospect Jorge Soler finally lives up to the hype

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On Tuesday night in Houston, the Atlanta Braves closed out the World Series with a resounding 7-0 Game 6 win over the Astros, winning the series four games-to-two. The Braves were crowned champions for the first time since 1995, and solidified themselves as one of the greatest underdog teams in recent history.

At one point in the season, the Braves were trying to fight to be just above a .500 record. After the loss of stars Ronald Acuña Jr., Marcell Ozuna, and Mike Soroka, the 2021 season felt like a lost cause. That was until Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos went out and got reinforcements at the trade deadline.

The Braves traded for four outfielders that would go on and provide some of the biggest and most important moments throughout there postseason run. A pair of former Chicago Cubs – Joc Pederson and Jorge Soler – as well as Eddie Rosario and Adam Duvall, went on to light up opposing pitching, especially in October when it mattered most.

While all four had their moments during the postseason, Soler absolutely took over the World Series hitting three home runs along with 6 RBI across the six-game series en route to MVP honors in the Fall Classic.

Soler started off the World Series with an absolute bang, hitting a leadoff home run in a game the Braves would eventually go on to win. In Game 4, Soler hit a huge go-ahead solo shot in the bottom of the seventh that would end up being the game-winning run. Finally, Soler ended off his monster World Series run by hitting an absolute moonshot over the train tracks in Houston that would clear the way for a Braves championship.

Thanks to his power display, Soler is now the first former member of the Cubs’ core from 2016 to win a World Series with a new team. His second ring came on the five-year anniversary of that fateful night in Cleveland.

Plenty of former Chicago Cubs fan favorites made noise this postseason

Soler was the final stamp on former Chicago Cubs players getting it done in the 2021 postseason. Soler winning the World Series MVP is the top of a long list of former Cubs that did well this postseason such as Kyle Schwarber, Joc Pederson, Anthony Rizzo along with many others. Soler was not the only former Cub to celebrate last night as Joc Pederson, Jesse Chavez and Terrence Gore all took part in the championship festivities in Houston.

Seeing Soler hitting bombs in the World Series reminded me of all the times he would hit absolute tanks at Wrigley Field. It stinks that he never panned out like he was supposed to with the Cubs but it’s always fun to reminisce on the good times. It will be interesting to see his market as he is an impending free agent this upcoming offseason.

Congrats on the Atlanta Braves for winning the World Series and making everyone in America except for the people of Houston happy. Most of all congrats to the former Cubs that worked their tails off and came through in the end.