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Sunday, June 2, 2013
Baez, Soler continue to impress

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- Despite the offensive exploits from Javier Baez and Jorge Soler at Single-A Daytona, neither seems in line for a quick promotion to Double-A Tennessee.

Baez had his first career five-hit game Saturday night, collecting three doubles, a home run and six RBIs in the process. Soler also hit a home run Saturday, his eighth on the young season.

“We haven't had those (promotion) conversations yet,” scouting/player development director Jason McLeod said. “Those are conversations with (the front office) where we're constantly talking about their development, but more so we look at a monthly basis. We'll have a look back at how they performed that month, where they are in their player plans. As of right now, there are no discussions on moving either one of them up.”


While batting .277 with a .319 on-base percentage and a .519 slugging percentage, Baez has hit nine home runs this season. Soler boasts marks of .295/.367/.509. But they aren’t the only ones doing damage in what typically is known as a pitchers’ league.

Dustin Geiger (.311/.379/.487) has a team-leading 47 RBIs for Daytona to go along with six home runs.

“A kid like Dustin Geiger, he’s been steady, under the radar,” McLeod said. “He probably gets lost a little bit [with] Baez and Soler being in the lineup down there. He's a kid that has just had a tremendous month this past month. And he's young, too, for that league, so he's done very well.”

Baez, widely considered to be the top prospect in the organization, is a shortstop. Soler, often considered among the top three Chicago Cubs prospects, has played right field this season. Geiger is a corner infielder.