Jorge Soler
Jorge Soler
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Kansas City Royals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Things appeared to be looking up for Soler before he suffered a toe fracture in mid-June, an injury which wound up costing him the rest of his season. He finished with a .265/.354/.466 line and his best wRC+ (123) since he notched a 148 mark in a tiny sample in 2014. Soler cut his strikeout rate from 32.7% to 26.8% while raising his ISO from .113 to .202 and keeping a high 10.9% walk rate. He at least rekindled the hope that he can be a productive MLB hitter, although defensively he may be best suited for DH. His career .249/.326/.424 slash line hardly turns heads, but it should be enough to earn consistent starts on a rebuilding Royals team. Despite a tough home park, he has enough raw power to eclipse 20 home runs in his age-27 season, and assuming he gets steady at-bats, there should be enough counting stats to justify a late-round pick in 15-team leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a nine-year, $30 million contract with the Cubs in June of 2012. Traded to the Royals in December of 2016.
Blasts two home runs
OFKansas City Royals
August 11, 2019
Soler went 3-for-3 with two home runs, a double and five RBI in a 10-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Soler hit a two-run shot in the third inning and added another solo homer in the eighth inning. The 27-year-old homered four times in the final three games of the series and is three away from the Royals franchise record. Soler is hitting .259/.344/.555 with 35 home runs through 120 games this season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
44
29
16
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
21
9
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+43%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .826 241 30 12 34 3 .245 .340 .486
Since 2017vs Right .813 658 73 34 88 1 .242 .334 .479
2019vs Left .791 135 18 6 23 1 .246 .333 .458
2019vs Right .911 397 51 29 65 0 .256 .350 .561
2018vs Left 1.064 65 8 4 7 2 .315 .415 .648
2018vs Right .742 192 19 5 21 1 .249 .333 .408
2017vs Left .577 41 4 2 4 0 .139 .244 .333
2017vs Right .459 69 3 0 2 0 .148 .246 .213
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+126%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .820 452 53 21 61 2 .244 .343 .477
Since 2017Away .814 447 50 25 61 2 .242 .329 .485
2019Home .864 264 32 14 43 0 .251 .348 .515
2019Away .896 268 37 21 45 1 .255 .343 .553
2018Home .779 135 14 5 14 2 .241 .348 .431
2018Away .865 122 13 4 14 1 .290 .361 .505
2017Home .706 53 7 2 4 0 .213 .302 .404
2017Away .313 57 0 0 2 0 .080 .193 .120
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Stat Review
How does Jorge Soler compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.42
 
BB Rate
11.0%
 
K Rate
26.4%
 
BABIP
.281
 
ISO
.279
 
AVG
.251
 
OBP
.345
 
SLG
.530
 
OPS
.875
 
wOBA
.380
 
Exit Velocity
92.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
46.0%
 
Barrels/PA
9.5%
 
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Welcome to the latest lesson in Post-Hype Prospects 101. Soler now has 875 plate appearances at the big-league level and has an uninspiring .244/.318/.412 line to show for it. He has nearly 500 plate appearances in Triple-A where he has hit .266/.379/.558 while playing in the eastern division of the Pacific Coast League, including a .267/.388/.564 line last year in Peyton Manning's favorite city of Omaha. Oddly enough, he had 33 extra-base hits last year, of which 24 were home runs. He has power, and he also has youth as he turns 26 this winter. Soler is out of options this year so the Royals need him to make the club just one year after flipping Wade Davis to the Cubs to acquire him. Soler can at least DH for the club if not occupy left field. A buck spent in the endgame could become a double-digit profit if he plays to his potential in 2018.
Soler often found himself the odd man out in a crowded Cubs outfield, registering just 227 at-bats, down from 366 in 2015. He started to flash some more of the power that scouts fell in love with, raising his isolated power from .137 to .198 while improving his strikeout and walk rates. Injuries have plagued Soler the past couple seasons, as he followed up a pair of DL stints in 2015 with a two-month trip to the DL midseason and a multi-week September absence due to a side injury. However, Soler is still just 24 years old and has enormous power, and after being traded to the Royals for reliever Wade Davis, Soler now has a much clearer path to at-bats at the highest level.
Soler didn't quite bring the power in his first full season in Chicago - with just 10 home runs in 366 at-bats, his slugging percentage was a disappointing .399 - but part of that can be attributed to two stints on the DL. He hit three home runs in his first five games back in September after missing nearly a month with an oblique injury, so it looked like his power was finally returning when he got healthy. Still, there are the usual warning signs associated with an aggressive young hitter, namely a lack of consistent contact and modest walk rates. If he can't get his contact rate up, he may struggle to hit .240. Any talk of a breakout campaign can be put on hold for now, as the Cubs brought in Jason Heyward and re-signed Dexter Fowler, so Soler will be the odd man out more often than not. His upside makes him worth a bench spot in deeper leagues, but in shallower formats he simply won't get enough at-bats to justify a roster spot early on.
Of all the big-time prospects the Cubs called up in 2014, Soler took to the majors the best. He was called up on a Wednesday in August and hit three home runs and drove in seven before the weekend was out. He slowed down a bit down the stretch, but still finished with a .903 OPS in 97 plate appearances with the Cubs. His 6:24 BB:K ratio and .350 BABIP suggest he was a little lucky, but he'll be just 23 on Opening Day and has a lot of room to grow. He looks like a solid bet to be the starter in right for the Cubs in 2015 and beyond.
Soler missed the last three months of the season with a stress fracture in his leg, but he still remains one of the top prospects in a good system. Don't be fooled by his poor numbers in the AFL after the long layoff, as he was well on his way to a strong season with High-A Daytona before the injury. Still, he has just 344 at-bats in the minors, and none of them were at upper levels, so expect the 21-year-old outfielder to get a bit more seasoning this year. When he makes the majors, he could be a perennial 20-20 threat.
Signed to a nine-year, $30 million deal, the toolsy Cuban defector tore up Low-A in 80 at-bats with a .338/.398/.513 line with three homers, six walks and only six strikeouts. At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, the 21-year-old has the frame to generate big power as he fills out, but he's still raw and likely at least another year away from making his major league debut. As a result, the Cubs held him out of the Arizona Fall League to work with the team's instructors at their complex in Mesa, a sign that 2013 will probably see him at High-A and Double-A.
Soler is a Cuban defector who some scouts say has five-tool potential. At age 19 with a 6-foot-3, 205-pound body, he's seen having significant power potential and speed. However, not much is known about him outside of him playing in some international compeitions and he'll likley be several seasons away from the majors wherever he signs.
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Two more homers
OFKansas City Royals
August 6, 2019
Soler went 2-for-2 with two home runs, four RBI and two walks Tuesday against the Red Sox.
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Blasts home run No. 29
OFKansas City Royals
August 4, 2019
Soler went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and an additional run Saturday in the Royals' 11-3 loss to the Twins.
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Launches 28th homer
OFKansas City Royals
July 28, 2019
Soler went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's 9-6 win over Cleveland.
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Smashes 27th homer
OFKansas City Royals
July 21, 2019
Soler went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Sunday's 5-4 loss to Cleveland.
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Another homer
OFKansas City Royals
July 18, 2019
Soler went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run Thursday against the White Sox.
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