Jorge Soler is real, and spectacular: Our night with the Peoria Chiefs (PICS)

The news of Jorge Soler being promoted from the AZL Cubs to the Peoria Chiefs was exciting news for us, not only were the Cubs moving Soler quickly through the system by skipping Boise, they were moving him to a team that is much closer to us!  So we took the opportunity to make the two-hour drive to Beloit, WI to check out the new look Chiefs take on the Snappers on Saturday night.  As we always do when we go to games we take a lot of pictures, here are some of the better ones below.  We hope that you guys like these as we strive to give you the opportunity to actually see the players that we write about every day, enjoy!

We weren’t the only ones that were excited to see Jorge Soler, as 2,400 people showed up to Pohlman Field in Beloit for this one.  Of course it was fireworks night, and a Saturday so I guess that played into it as well.  Here are some fans waiting outside the Chiefs locker room.

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Soler emerged and quickly made his way through the crowd, escorted by a member of the Chiefs staff.  He wasn’t allowed to stop, even if he wanted to, and you can see in the pictures that he commands attention as he is bigger than everyone.

Anticipation was at a fevered pitch before Soler’s first at bat, here is a sequence of pictures leading up to it.

Okay, I promise there are more pictures from the game that are not featuring Soler, we will get to those.  The Snappers jumped out in front early against Zach Cates taking a 1-0 lead, that was before Jorge Soler came to the plate with the bases loaded and two-outs in the third inning.  He wasted no time blasting the first pitch he saw over the left-center field wall for a grand slam!  Here are some pictures leading up to the grand slam.

Just after the grand slam!

Not going to lie, that was totally worth the price of admission, and then some.  The blast gave the Chiefs a 4-1 lead and they never looked back, as they ended up winning this one 5-3.  Here are some of the better pictures from the rest of the night.

Pin-Chieh Chen walking to the dugout before the first pitch

Paul Hoilman making his way to the field

Dustin Geiger in the box

Twins super prospect Miguel Sano, very good

Jorge Soler is a big dude

My man Zeke DeVoss, got to talk to him a bit, really cool guy

Another one of Zeke

Dustin Geiger ripping a double

Geiger pulling into second

Beloit had seen enough of Soler, so they walked him

Luis Liria was outstanding in relief for the Chiefs, he got the win

Pin-Chieh Chen taking a rip

Another shot of Miguel Sano

Chiefs win!

It really was a great night all around, we got to talk to some of the Chiefs players we cover, we not only got to see Soler play in a game but we got to see him hit his first professional grand slam, and the Chiefs won.  We really hope you enjoy all the pictures and the first hand account of the game.  Please feel free to use these pictures for your own personal use, if you do I ask that you please link back to our blog and give us credit for the pictures, thanks so much.  If you want to see the full set of pictures head over to our facebook page, and while you are there give us a like!

– George


Pierce Johnson Heading to Boise!

There has been a lot of movement in the Cubs minor league system today, and I’m sure it will stay busy until the end of the year.  The latest news is Pierce Johnson being promoted to Boise!  Solid move here as Johnson, who was drafted in the 2012 draft (supplemental pick) has been solid in Arizona and probably belongs in Boise.  Congrats to Pierce, give him a follow on Twitter!


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– George

Jorge Soler Promoted to Peoria!

Some very exciting news today as the Cubs have announced that Jorge Soler is being promoted from the AZL Cubs to Peoria!  To be honest I’m surprised that the Cubs have moved him straight to Peoria and skipped Boise altogether.  That should give you a good idea of what the Cubs think of Soler after seeing him play in just 14 games in Arizona.  Soler only hit .241 in 54 at bats, but made his presence felt all over the field.  He had two doubles, two home runs, and 10 RBI’s, as well as 13 strikeouts, but walked 6 times and had 8 stolen bases.  He has shown enough to make the jump to Peoria, the fact that he did so in such a short time is a very good sign.

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– George

Brooks Raley called up to Cubs

Brooks Raley has been called up to the Cubs to replace Matt Garza in the rotation.  Raley, a 24 year old lefty will make his major league debut tomorrow night in San Diego.  Raley pitched for both double a Tennessee and triple a Iowa this season.  He was 4-8 with a 3.62 ERA at Iowa before getting the call.

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– George

CONFIRMED: Vitters and Jackson Called Up

Although nothing has been confirmed by the Cubs, a reliable source miCubs has reported that both Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson are getting called up for the series finale in LA today.  We will keep you updated once more is known.

UPDATE 1: Carrie Muskat confirms that both Vitters and Jackson have been called up.  Patrick Mooney has also confirmed both promoted.

UPDATE 2: Jeff Baker has been traded to the Detroit Tigers and Tony Campana has been sent to Iowa to make room for Vitters and Jackson.

CONFIRMED:  Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson are in Los Angeles for the Cubs, they have been called up!  We will have more throughout the day.

-Mark & George

Javier Baez Promoted to Daytona

There were whispers last night and today it was confirmed, the Cubs have promoted Javy Baez to Daytona.  Its an aggressive move but he has earned it by hitting. 336 with 12 HR, and 20 stolen bases at low A Peoria.  Congrats Javy!

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– George