White Sox Abreu’s advice to Cubs Soler: Be mentally tough

White Sox Abreu’s advice to Cubs Soler: Be mentally tough
August 26, 2014, 6:45 pm
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John Paschall

Either Tuesday or Wednesday, Jorge Soler, the latest top prospect called up by the Cubs, will make his way to the bright lights of the major leagues to give the North Siders a taste of what the future holds at Wrigley Field. 

One person who is proud of the Cuban outfielder’s journey to the majors is White Sox first baseman and fellow Cuban native Jose Abreu. 

The 27-year old rookie has already taken the league by storm in his first year in the United States. So far, Abreu has collected two AL Player of the Month awards and earned a trip to this year’s All-Star Game. He’s been the rock in the lineup that the White Sox have counted on all season long, hitting .308 with 33 home runs and 94 RBI. 

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So when it comes to making the adjustment from playing in Cuba to the U.S., it’s safe to say Abreu figured out how to be successful early and often. Knowing he has the physical tools to succeed, Abreu offered some simple words of wisdom for the talented outfielder.

“My advice to him would be to be mentally tough and to prepare himself every day to play the game the way he is capable of playing it,” Abreu said through a translator.