It wasn’t the largest sample size that it could have been for Jorge Soler and the Kansas City Royals, however, amidst struggles that occurred at the dish, the 25-year-old outfielder has found himself being demoted to Triple-A Omaha.
The transaction was made official prior to Saturday afternoon’s affair against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field with the corresponding move having come just in time for first pitch at 1:05pm ET. Who was it exactly that manager Ned Host called on? That would be speedster Billy Burns who is set to take over for Soler in right field.
Soler was acquired from the Chicago Cubs back in December of 2016 which sent all-star reliever Wade Davis the other way in the one-for-one deal which seems to be more to the Cubs advantage at this current time as he continues to rise while Soler has shocked many and done the exact opposite.
If you include the fact that Soler has found himself dealing with a variety of injuries, it would be no surprise if I told you that his slash line was significantly lower as to what it was last season on the South side in the windy city as he has only managed to hit .164 with just a single home run to go alongside six RBI’s in only eighteen games played. One of the nagging injuries in which he has dealt with includes a strained oblique which has held him back both offensively and defensively.
His outfield partner, Jorge Bonifacio, seems to have picked up on his own terms in such a way that the former Cuban sensation Soler left off prior to coming over to Missouri in the deal. Bonifacio is currently hitting .281 to go alongside seven home runs and sixteen RBI’s.
As for the status of Davis, 31, he currently holds a record of 2-0 to go alongside ten saves and a 0.98 ERA through 19 appearances on the mound for the Cubs who currently own their own record of 29-27.
Should Soler find his rhythm once again, it is very likely that he could start to see a huge change in his playing time which could soon turn permanent alongside Bonifacio if Lorenzo Cain is dealt either ahead or during this year’s edition of the MLB Trade Deadline as he is a free agent likely seeking a bigger contract which means more money and more promise as well. Amongst the candidates who could be up for grabs in Cain’s replacement if needs be, the team has approached Alex Gordon who would relish the opportunity to move back from third base.