A day after being activated from the disabled list, outfielder Jorge Soler, the Cubs' No. 5 prospect, was back in the Double-A Tennessee lineup Thursday. His return helped Tennessee secure a 5-4 victory against Birmingham.
Soler, ranked No. 45 on MLB.com's Top 100 prospects, had been out since straining his right hamstring on Opening Day. He went 2-for-2 with a double and two walks Thursday.
Soler hit fourth in the Smokies lineup, one spot behind third baseman Kris Bryant, the Cubs' No. 2 prospect and No. 8 overall. Coming off his first career two-homer game Wednesday, he went 3-for-4 with a home run in the victory. In 33 games this season, he is hitting .328 and leads the Southern League with nine home runs.
Right-hander Pierce Johnson, the Cubs' No. 7 prospect and No. 93 overall, started the game for Tennessee. While he didn't factor in the decision, he did produce a quality start. Birmingham scored three runs on three hits in six innings against him. Johnson struck out eight batters and walked two.
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