One of the talented young players in the well-stocked Chicago Cubs' farm system is expected to be called up to the big leagues.
According to reports, Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler will join the Cubs before Wednesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds.
The 22-year-old Soler is batting .338 this season in the minor leagues with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs for Triple-A Iowa, Double-A Tennessee and the Cubs' rookie league team in Mesa, Ariz.
Soler was removed from Iowa's game against Tacoma on Monday night after belting a three-run homer, his eighth home run of the season for the Triple-A team, off Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Soler, called a "freakish athlete" by one of his teammate, defected from Cuba in 2011 and signed a nine-year, $30 million contract with the Cubs in June 2012.
The Cubs, in last place in the National League East and trailing the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers by 14 1/2 games, have started to bring some of their top prospects to the majors. The most recent of the call-ups was outfielder Matt Szczur, a fifth-round draft pick in 2010. Other young players on the Cubs' roster include Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara.