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.