Soler is Cubs minor league player of month


With one prized prospect in Javier Baez set to make his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, another at Triple-A Iowa is doing his best to join him.

The Cubs named outfielder Jorge Soler their minor league player of the month for July after he slashed .406/.500/.891 in 24 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. Soler batted .463 at Tennessee during the month before being promoted to Triple-A on July 22. Soler is batting .243 at Iowa but has a .364 on-base percentage along with three home runs and 9 RBIs in 37 at-bats.

The 22-year-old Soler, who was signed to a nine-year, $30 million contract in 2012, is ranked as the 28th-best prospect in baseball by ESPN.com's Keith Law.

Right-handed pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng was named the Cubs' minor league pitcher of the month after holding opponents to a .137 batting average in five July games at Single-A Kane County. Tseng, 19, went 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA, striking out 20 against four walks in five games (four starts).

Signed as a non-drafted free agent last summer, Tseng is 6-1 with a 2.56 ERA and 71 strikeouts against 11 walks in 81 innings in his first pro season.