Jorge Soler to debut in Arizona

Updated: July 18, 2012, 9:09 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Highly acclaimed Cubs prospect Jorge Soler will get into a game for the first time Thursday as the designated hitter for the club's Mesa affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League.

Soler, a native of Cuba whose signing was made official at the end of June, was coveted by a number of teams after he defected, but the Cubs signed him with a nine-year, $30 million deal.

After he signed, Soler was sent to the Cubs' spring-training complex to receive instruction and ...

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