The Cubs are gathering information on a bench-clearing incident involving Jorge Soler, their $30 million Cuban investment playing at Class A Daytona.
Soler’s bat-grabbing outburst in Daytona caught fire on Twitter late Wednesday night and wound up on Deadspin and all across the Internet, creating bad publicity for one of the organization’s top prospects. Cubs officials declined to comment.
Soler ran from first to second on a groundball, slid into the base and had Clearwater infielder Carlos Alonso land on him awkwardly. Moments later, both benches emptied.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Soler took a bat from the Daytona dugout and motioned toward the other side. Robbie Aaron, Daytona’s director of broadcasting and media relations, indicated that Soler did not strike the Clearwater dugout with the bat (which was a description spread on social media).
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After Soler was ejected, Clearwater – an advanced Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies – wound up winning 14-9 in 11 innings. It’s unclear what sort of disciplinary action the talented 21-year-old outfielder will face next.