Jorge Soler
Jorge Soler
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Kansas City Royals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Things appeared to be looking up for Soler before he suffered a toe fracture in mid-June, an injury which wound up costing him the rest of his season. He finished with a .265/.354/.466 line and his best wRC+ (123) since he notched a 148 mark in a tiny sample in 2014. Soler cut his strikeout rate from 32.7% to 26.8% while raising his ISO from .113 to .202 and keeping a high 10.9% walk rate. He at least rekindled the hope that he can be a productive MLB hitter, although defensively he may be best suited for DH. His career .249/.326/.424 slash line hardly turns heads, but it should be enough to earn consistent starts on a rebuilding Royals team. Despite a tough home park, he has enough raw power to eclipse 20 home runs in his age-27 season, and assuming he gets steady at-bats, there should be enough counting stats to justify a late-round pick in 15-team leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a nine-year, $30 million contract with the Cubs in June of 2012. Traded to the Royals in December of 2016.
Launches 48th homer
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September 30, 2019
Soler went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a victory over the Twins on Sunday.
Soler put the Royals on the board in the first inning with a solo shot to left field. The 27-year-old was one of the few bright spots for the Royals this season, breaking out to lead the American League with 48 home runs and tying for second with 117 RBI while slashing .265/.354/.569 in 162 games.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .870 271 36 15 41 4 .253 .351 .519
Since 2017vs Right .847 772 93 44 110 2 .251 .339 .507
2019vs Left .869 165 24 9 30 2 .259 .352 .517
2019vs Right .939 511 71 39 87 1 .267 .354 .585
2018vs Left 1.064 65 8 4 7 2 .315 .415 .648
2018vs Right .742 192 19 5 21 1 .249 .333 .408
2017vs Left .577 41 4 2 4 0 .139 .244 .333
2017vs Right .459 69 3 0 2 0 .148 .246 .213
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OPS on Road
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .860 529 65 28 77 3 .254 .350 .510
Since 2017Away .846 514 64 31 74 3 .250 .335 .511
2019Home .916 341 44 21 59 1 .265 .358 .558
2019Away .929 335 51 27 58 2 .264 .349 .580
2018Home .779 135 14 5 14 2 .241 .348 .431
2018Away .865 122 13 4 14 1 .290 .361 .505
2017Home .706 53 7 2 4 0 .213 .302 .404
2017Away .313 57 0 0 2 0 .080 .193 .120
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How does Jorge Soler compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jorge Soler
MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers
14 days ago
Erik Halterman looks at the season's biggest risers and fallers in his farewell column. Few players outperformed their ADP as much as Kansas City's Jorge Soler this year.
DraftKings MLB: Sunday Picks
16 days ago
As Martin Perez is scheduled for start for the Twins and recently struggled against the Royals, Mike Barner likes Jorge Soler and crew to once again punish the lefty.
MLB DraftKings: Wednesday Picks
20 days ago
Chris Bennett recommends a Nats stack Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Regan's Rumblings: All Surprise Team
21 days ago
Dave Regan concludes the season with his list of players whom he didn’t expect to step up and make the significant contributions they have, including Twins catcher Mitch Garver.
DraftKings MLB: Sunday Picks
23 days ago
Every MLB day seems to involve picking on the Tigers' weaknesses, and today's no different with Mike Barner offering a group of opposing White Sox hitters.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Welcome to the latest lesson in Post-Hype Prospects 101. Soler now has 875 plate appearances at the big-league level and has an uninspiring .244/.318/.412 line to show for it. He has nearly 500 plate appearances in Triple-A where he has hit .266/.379/.558 while playing in the eastern division of the Pacific Coast League, including a .267/.388/.564 line last year in Peyton Manning's favorite city of Omaha. Oddly enough, he had 33 extra-base hits last year, of which 24 were home runs. He has power, and he also has youth as he turns 26 this winter. Soler is out of options this year so the Royals need him to make the club just one year after flipping Wade Davis to the Cubs to acquire him. Soler can at least DH for the club if not occupy left field. A buck spent in the endgame could become a double-digit profit if he plays to his potential in 2018.
Soler often found himself the odd man out in a crowded Cubs outfield, registering just 227 at-bats, down from 366 in 2015. He started to flash some more of the power that scouts fell in love with, raising his isolated power from .137 to .198 while improving his strikeout and walk rates. Injuries have plagued Soler the past couple seasons, as he followed up a pair of DL stints in 2015 with a two-month trip to the DL midseason and a multi-week September absence due to a side injury. However, Soler is still just 24 years old and has enormous power, and after being traded to the Royals for reliever Wade Davis, Soler now has a much clearer path to at-bats at the highest level.
Soler didn't quite bring the power in his first full season in Chicago - with just 10 home runs in 366 at-bats, his slugging percentage was a disappointing .399 - but part of that can be attributed to two stints on the DL. He hit three home runs in his first five games back in September after missing nearly a month with an oblique injury, so it looked like his power was finally returning when he got healthy. Still, there are the usual warning signs associated with an aggressive young hitter, namely a lack of consistent contact and modest walk rates. If he can't get his contact rate up, he may struggle to hit .240. Any talk of a breakout campaign can be put on hold for now, as the Cubs brought in Jason Heyward and re-signed Dexter Fowler, so Soler will be the odd man out more often than not. His upside makes him worth a bench spot in deeper leagues, but in shallower formats he simply won't get enough at-bats to justify a roster spot early on.
Of all the big-time prospects the Cubs called up in 2014, Soler took to the majors the best. He was called up on a Wednesday in August and hit three home runs and drove in seven before the weekend was out. He slowed down a bit down the stretch, but still finished with a .903 OPS in 97 plate appearances with the Cubs. His 6:24 BB:K ratio and .350 BABIP suggest he was a little lucky, but he'll be just 23 on Opening Day and has a lot of room to grow. He looks like a solid bet to be the starter in right for the Cubs in 2015 and beyond.
Soler missed the last three months of the season with a stress fracture in his leg, but he still remains one of the top prospects in a good system. Don't be fooled by his poor numbers in the AFL after the long layoff, as he was well on his way to a strong season with High-A Daytona before the injury. Still, he has just 344 at-bats in the minors, and none of them were at upper levels, so expect the 21-year-old outfielder to get a bit more seasoning this year. When he makes the majors, he could be a perennial 20-20 threat.
Signed to a nine-year, $30 million deal, the toolsy Cuban defector tore up Low-A in 80 at-bats with a .338/.398/.513 line with three homers, six walks and only six strikeouts. At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, the 21-year-old has the frame to generate big power as he fills out, but he's still raw and likely at least another year away from making his major league debut. As a result, the Cubs held him out of the Arizona Fall League to work with the team's instructors at their complex in Mesa, a sign that 2013 will probably see him at High-A and Double-A.
Soler is a Cuban defector who some scouts say has five-tool potential. At age 19 with a 6-foot-3, 205-pound body, he's seen having significant power potential and speed. However, not much is known about him outside of him playing in some international compeitions and he'll likley be several seasons away from the majors wherever he signs.
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Claims AL homer lead
OFKansas City Royals
September 28, 2019
Soler went 2-for-3 with two homers and three RBI in Saturday's game against the Twins.
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Scores twice in loss
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September 20, 2019
Soler went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, a stolen base and two walks in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Twins.
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Ties Trout for AL homer lead
OFKansas City Royals
September 17, 2019
Soler went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and an additional run Monday in the Royals' 6-5 win over the Athletics.
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Continues homer barrage
OFKansas City Royals
September 12, 2019
Soler went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored Thursday against the White Sox.
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Goes deep twice in win
OFKansas City Royals
September 12, 2019
Soler went 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs and four RBI in Wednesday's 8-6 win over the White Sox.
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