21-year old Cubs outfield prospect Jorge Soler was ejected from the High-A Daytona Cubs vs Clearwater Threshers game late Wednesday night after an incident that allegedly ended with Soler charging the Threshers dugout with a bat in hand.
The incident occurred with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning and Daytona leading 9-7. Soler was on first base when Stephen Bruno hit a ground ball to shortstop. Soler went into second base and got tangled up with Clearwater second baseman Carlos Alonso, who completed the throw to first base for the inning-ending double play. Soler was apparently stepped on by Alonso and words were exchanged. Both benches cleared. No punches were thrown, however.
When everyone returned to the dugout, Soler grabbed a bat and charged the Clearwater dugout and went after Clearwater with the bat. He had to be pulled away and back into the dugout by Javier Baez and Daytona hitting coach Mariano Duncan. I initially reported that he had hit the walls of the dugout with the bat. That’s unclear at this time. He was apparently swinging it in that direction.
The 6-foot-4 Cuban was the #34 rated prospect by Baseball America and the #42 prospect according to MLB.com, and has posted a .450/.522/.750 slash line in 5 games of High-A ball this season. It’s more than a safe bet that Soler will be looking at a fairly long suspension for his transgressions, and I’m also fairly confident in saying that Jorge Soler is indeed about that life.