Cubs honor Soler, Tseng for July dominance

Cubs honor Soler, Tseng for July dominance

DENVER -- The Cubs named Triple-A Iowa outfielder Jorge Soler and Class A Kane County right-handed pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng the organization's Minor League player and pitcher of the month for July, respectively.

The 22-year-old Soler -- the Cubs' No. 6 prospect and No. 53 on's Top 100 Prospects list -- batted .406 with a .500 on-base percentage, an .891 slugging percentage and a 1.391 on-base plus slugging percentage in 24 July games between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa after being activated from the disabled list on July 6. In 15 games with Tennessee through July 22, Soler batted .463 with two doubles, a triple, six homers and 15 RBIs.

The Cuban outfielder is averaging one extra-base hit every 4.6 at-bats and has produced a .744 slugging percentage to go with a .457 OBP.

The 19-year-old Tseng, the Cubs' No. 16 prospect, went 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA (5 ER, 30 2/3 IP) across five July games (four starts) for Kane County. He walked four and struck out 20, holding opponents to a .137 batting average and posting a 0.59 WHIP, both the best marks in the Midwest League.

On July 13 against Beloit, Tseng threw a seven-inning complete game, giving up one run on three hits while striking out seven in a 3-1 victory.

In his first pro season since being signed as a non-drafted free agent, Tseng is 6-1 with a 2.56 ERA (23 ER, 81 IP) over 15 games (14 starts) for Kane County. He has struck out 71 hitters and walked 11.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.