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.
Slugs sixth homer
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April 22, 2019
Soler went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Rays.
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After a brutal 0-for-5, five-strikeout game Sunday. Soler bounced back with his sixth homer of the year. The 27-year-old's .227/.284/.489 slash line likely won't improve substantially until he solves his contact woes -- his 37.9 percent K-rate is more than 10 points worse than last year's performance.
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vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
11
2
2
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vs LHP
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4
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+43%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .850 131 14 8 17 2 .243 .328 .522
Since 2017vs Right .676 327 28 8 31 1 .218 .306 .370
2019vs Left .760 25 2 2 6 0 .240 .240 .520
2019vs Right .712 66 6 3 8 0 .203 .288 .424
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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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+126%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .760 241 27 10 29 2 .227 .324 .436
Since 2017Away .688 217 15 6 19 1 .223 .300 .389
2019Home .762 53 6 3 11 0 .208 .283 .479
2019Away .680 38 2 2 3 0 .222 .263 .417
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.
BB/K
0.19
 
BB Rate
7.7%
 
K Rate
39.6%
 
BABIP
.302
 
ISO
.238
 
AVG
.214
 
OBP
.275
 
SLG
.452
 
OPS
.727
 
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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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Hits blast in win
OFKansas City Royals
April 18, 2019
Soler went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two strikeouts in a 6-1 victory against the Yankees on Thursday.
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Sits for first time
OFKansas City Royals
April 15, 2019
Soler is on the bench for the first time this season Monday against the White Sox.
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Goes deep again
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April 14, 2019
Soler went 1-for-4 with a home run and walk in a 9-8 victory against the Indians on Sunday.
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Clubs third homer
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April 11, 2019
Soler went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI and two runs scored Thursday against Seattle.
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Drives in three
OFKansas City Royals
March 30, 2019
Soler went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI as the Royals defeated the White Sox on Saturday.
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