Behind The Breakout: Jorge Soler
Greg Jewett dissects breakout candidates during the 2019 MLB campaign.
Not only did the Yankees trade for a prolific power hitter from the Cubs for a reliever, the Royals added Jorge Soler for Wade Davis prior to the 2017 season. Injuries and not living up to the hype seemed to create doubt about Soler, but he’s putting things together this season. Currently, Soler ranks second in the American League in home runs trailing some guy named Mike Trout . Despite an erratic offense, Soler’s 88 RBI place him fifth in the American League as well.
Riding a hot August in which Soler leads the majors with a 1.444 on-base plus slugging percentage and ranks second in both on-base percentage (.533) and slugging (.911) with a robust .378 average (17-for-48). Believe it or not, Soler will soon own the Kansas City single-season home run record held by Mike Moustakas (38 in 2017). Soler’s slashing .259/.351/.549 over 448 at-bats in 125 games with 69 runs, 35 home runs, 88 RBI and a stolen base. He’s presently on pace for 46 home runs with 113 RBI. Not too...