Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chicago Cubs scout knew Jorge Soler was special from start

Jorge Soler
Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO -- Louie Eljaua remembers the first time he saw Jorge Soler in 2009, and he recalls how impressed he was at the then-teenage outfielder's size and skills. And Eljaua isn't surprised that Soler has made a smooth transition to the big leagues, saying the 22-year-old was motivated after seeing five Cuban players in this year's All-Star Game.

"[Soler] felt he could be as good or better as those guys," said Eljaua, special assistant to the general manager and director of international operations for the Cubs. "He said, 'Maybe I'll be there next year.'"

The Cubs would like to see Soler included among the elite players. Could he be an All-Star in 2015? Anything's possible.

Jorge Soler Stats: AVG: .356. OBP: .367. Slugging: .733. 4 HR's, TB: 33, RBI's: 23. Games:12

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