Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Albert Almora, Jorge Soler promoted
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO – The Cubs promoted two of their top prospects on Tuesday, with 2012 first-round pick Albert Almora heading to Double-A Tennessee while Cuban slugger Jorge Soler will move up to Triple-A Iowa.
Almora had been red hot for Single-A Daytona since overcoming early-season struggles. He has 14 hits in his last seven games, which included hitting for the cycle last week. His batting average is up to .280, though he only has 12 walks all year.
Soler has been dealing with hamstring problems in both his legs for most of this season, but since getting healthy he also has been hot. He was hitting .405 in 84 at-bats in Double-A with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in just 28 games this season. He was hitting .459 since his return from rehab, with six of his seven home runs coming over the past 14 games.
Soler signed a 9-year, $30 million deal in 2012 but has been slowed by foot and leg injuries until recently.