Cubs prospect Soler likely facing suspension
We’ll get to our full blog later today from cold and wet Wrigley Field as the Cubs hope to take on the Giants. Minor-league prospect Jorge Soler no doubt is facing a suspension for his actions in Wednesday night’s game for Class A Daytona against Clearwater.
Soler, a member of the Cubs’ 40-man roster and owner of a nine-year, $30 million contract charged across the field last night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark and was wielding a bat. Daytona manager Dave Keller was quoted by the Daytona Beach News Journal as saying the incident was “kind of like a nightmare.”
We will try to obtain comment from Cubs management today.
The paper reported, “Soler was caught by teammates near the Threshers' dugout, and he never swung the bat. But the heralded prospect was ejected following the incident, and Keller said he did not know if there would be further punishment from the Cubs or the Florida State League.”
The incident apparently was touched off by a confrontation between Soler and Clearwater's Edgar Alonso at second base after the final play of the seventh inning. From the News Journal: “Soler slid into the base on the play, and he and Alonso exchanged words. Teammates from each side came out to separate the two, and the groups headed back to their dugouts. But Soler came sprinting back out of the Cubs' dugout — bat in hand — toward the Threshers dugout.”
“I think that he was frustrated by some things and there was some emotional things he was fighting with,” Keller told the paper. “Why he did that, I don't know. I think he was frustrated by what happened. When he slid into second base, (Alonso) ended up laying on top of him. He was laying on him so (Soler) pushed with his arm to get him off him, and I think the second baseman interpreted that the wrong way like he wanted to fight or something.”
Keller said the two sides exchanged words and that Soler was upset about some of the things said to him.
“There were two separate incidents, and there was really no fight,” Keller told the paper. “But because nobody was around him when he was running across the field with a bat … that makes things a little bit crazy.”
As a member of the 40-man roster, Soler was with the Cubs’ major-league club in spring training before he was optioned to Daytona.