CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today named Triple-A Iowa outfielder Jorge Soler and Single-A Kane County right-handed pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng the organization's minor league player and pitcher of the month for July, respectively.
Soler, 22, combined to bat .406 (26-for-64) with a .500 on-base percentage, an .891 slugging percentage and a 1.391 OPS in 24 July games between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa after he was activated from the minor league disabled list, July 6 (right hamstring strain). In 15 games with Tennessee through July 22, Soler batted .463 (19-for-41) with two doubles, a triple, six homers and 15 RBI. He walked nine times, compared to 10 strikeouts, and recorded a .538 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging mark.
Soler this season has hit .360 (45-for-125) with 16 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 42 games between Rookie League Mesa, Tennessee and Iowa. He is averaging one extra-base hit every 4.6 at-bats and has produced a .744 slugging percentage to go along with a .457 on-base percentage. He has 23 walks that have contributed to his 1.201 OPS.
Signed by Chicago to a nine-year major league deal, June 30, 2012, Soler has combined to bat .307 (144-for-469) with 36 doubles, two triples, 23 home runs and 97 RBI in 131 minor league contests.
Tseng, 19, went 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA (5 ER/30.2 IP) in five July games (four starts) for Kane County. He walked just four and struck out 20 while he held the opponent to a .137 batting average and recorded a 0.59 WHIP, both the best marks in the Midwest League. His 1.47 ERA ranked fifth in the league. On July 13 vs. Beloit, Tseng threw a 7.0-inning complete game, allowing one run on three hits while striking out seven in a 3-1 victory.
In his first pro season since he was signed as a non-drafted free agent by Chicago, July 25 of last year, Tseng is 6-1 with a 2.56 ERA (23 ER/81.0 IP) in 15 games (14 starts) for Kane County. He has struck out 71 hitters compared to just 11 walks, and held the opponent to a .221 batting average (65-for-294). Tseng has walked two or fewer in 13 of his 14 starts, and has recorded nine outings without issuing a free pass.