When the Chicago Cubs won the sweepstakes for Cuban prospect Jorge Soler, it was believed that it wouldn’t take too long to see him in Major League action. At the age of 20, it’s still expected that he will be on the big league roster, but it may take awhile.
What the Cubs should do, though, is bring him up before he toils away for too long in the Minor Leagues, much like they did with shortstop Starlin Castro. There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the young man, and the fans will want to see what he can do at Wrigley Field instead of trying to read updates on how he’s doing without seeing it first hand.
As the roster sits, it’s certainly not a logjam or star talent ahead of Soler, so there really isn’t any reason to keep him in the Minor Leagues after the All-Star break if they are already out of playoff contention. He will surely impress in spring training, and with Nate Schierholtz at the No. 1 spot in right field for the Cubs, it will make sense to place him against top-level talent.
Fans are starting to get impatient with the Cubs and the Ricketts family that owns them, so it will be vital to inject some fresh and exciting talent, and if they don’t want to pay for the free agent veterans, perhaps the free agent rookie could be exactly what the doctor ordered for the struggling franchise and their trove of sorrowful fans.
Korey Beckett is a Baseball Writer for RantSports.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or comments.