Full name is Jorge Carlos Soler (Castillo)…resides in Pembroke Pines, Fla. with his wife, Leydis Sennano and son, Jorley ... Played for Cuba in several international tournaments, including the 16-under COPABE Pan American Championships in 2008, and the World Junior Championships in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, in 2010…during World Junior Championships, hit .304 with a .522 slugging percentage, helping Cuba to the bronze medal ... Participated in the Cubs Rookie Development program in 2014.
In his first full Major League season, he hit a franchise-record 48 home runs, 10 more than Mike Moustakas' previous record of 38 set in 2017 ... Named Royals finalist for the Hank Aaron Award ... His 48 home runs were third most in the Majors, trailing only Pete Alonso (53) and Eugenio Suárez (49)…he became the first Royal to lead the American League in homers, with three more than second-place Mike Trout (45) ... He's one of three active players to hold his current team's single-season home run record, joining Baltimore's Chris Davis (53 in 2013) and the Mets' Pete Alonso (53 in 2019) ... His 48 home runs set a new single-season record by a Cuban-born player, one more than Rafael Palmeiro hit in 1999 and 2001 ... He's one of five American League players since 2010 to hit 48 homers in a season, joining Khris Davis (48 in 2018), Aaron Judge (52 in 2017), Chris Davis (53 in 2013) and Jose Bautista (54 in 2010) ... Of his 48 home runs, 21 came at home, matching Chili Davis (1997) and Dean Palmer (1980) for the most homers hit in a single season in the 47-year history of Kauffman Stadium ... Had a career-high 117 RBI, matching Xander Bogaerts for second most in the American League, trailing only José Abreu (123) ... His 117 RBI were the seventh most in a single season in Royals history, and the most since 2000, when Mike Sweeney had a club-record 144 and Jermaine Dye had 118 ... Ranked fourth in the American League in extra-base hits (82), fifth in slugging percentage (.569) and seventh in OPS (.922) ... His .922 OPS was highest by a Royal since Mike Sweeney (.979) in 2002 ... His 82 extra-base hits were third most in Royals history, trailing only Hal McRae (86 in 1977) and George Brett (85 in 1979) ... Became the third American League player in the last 10 seasons to have a 45-homer, 30-double season, joining Chris Davis (2013, 2015) and Jose Bautista (2010) ... Was one of four American League players to play in 162 games, joining teammate Whit Merrifield, Baltimore's Jonathan Villar and Oakland's Marcus Semien…Merrifield and Soler are the seventh and eighth Royals to play 162 games in a season, joining: Alcides Escobar (2014, 2016- 17), Eric Hosmer (2017), Billy Butler (2013), Carlos Beltrán (2002), Al Cowens (1977) and Hal McRae (1977)… the 2019 Royals are the first American League team to have two players play 162 games since the 2017 Royals, and prior to that it hadn't been done since Raúl Ibañez and Ichiro Suzuki of the 2008 Mariners…in addition to 2017 and 2019, Cowens and McRae made the 1977 squad the only other in Royals history to have two players play in 162 games ... Became the eighth player to hit at least 48 home runs and play 162 games in a season, joining Ryan Howard (2008), Alex Rodriguez (2001-02, 2005), Luis Gonzalez (2001), Sammy Sosa (1999), Albert Belle (1998), Harmon Killebrew (1969) and Willie Mays (1962) ... Became one of 13 American League players to hit 48 homers in his age-27 season or younger, joining Aaron Judge (2017), Chris Davis (2013), Alex Rodriguez (2001 02), Ken Griffey Jr. (1996-97), Cecil Fielder (1990), Mark McGwire (1987), Harmon Killebrew (1962), Roger Maris (1961), Mickey Mantle (1956), Hank Greenberg (1938), Jimmie Foxx (1932-33) and Babe Ruth (1920-21) ... Hit 13 first-pitch home runs, one behind Jeff McNeil for the Major League lead, and the most by a Royal in a single season since at least 1988 (when pitch-count data is available), four more than Mike Sweeney (2004), Bo Jackson (1990) and Danny Tartabull (1988) ... His 48 home runs had an average distance of 414 ft., according to Statcast, tied for the fifth-best average in the Majors (min. 30 HR), trailing only Mike Trout (419 ft.), Ronald Acuña Jr. (418 ft.), Gary Sánchez (417 ft.) and Miguel Sanó (415 ft.) ... Led the Majors with 30 "no-doubt home runs," a term coined by Statcast to describe homers that would've gone out of all 30 Major League ballparks ... His 465-ft. home run off Minnesota's Kyle Gibson on Aug. 3 was the longest homer by a Royal since Brandon Moss' 474-ft. homer on July 1, 2017 off Minnesota's José Berríos ... Of his 48 home runs, 17 traveled at least 430 ft., one shy of the American League record in the Statcast Era (since 2015), held by Aaron Judge in 2017 ... Had a career-long 26-game on-base streak from June 30-July 30, which was the longest active streak in the Majors when it snapped, and was the longest by a Royal within one season since Billy Butler reached in 32 straight from May 31-July 5, 2013 ... Named Royals Player of the Month for July, in which he led the team with six home runs, 18 RBI, 18 walks, a .409 onbase percentage and a .544 slugging percentage ... Had four multi-homer games, on Aug. 6 at Boston, Aug. 11 at Detroit, Sept. 11 at Chicago and Sept. 28 vs. Minnesota… his four multi-homer games match the club record for a single season, shared by Mike Sweeney (2005), Jermaine Dye (1999) and Steve Balboni (1985) ... Of his 48 home runs, 39 came vs. right-handed pitching, matching Pete Alonso for most in the Majors ... His 27 home runs on the road were a club record and most in the Majors in 2019…the last American League player with more road homers in a season was Alex Rodriguez (28) in 2007 ... Named American League Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 5-11, in which he hit .409 (9-for-22) with a .552 on-base percentage and 1.273 slugging percentage in seven games, with an AL-leading six home runs and 12 RBI ... Had a home run in a career-best three straight games from Aug. 9-11 at Detroit, including a career-best five RBI in a multi-homer game on Aug. 11 ... Hit seven home runs during the Royals' 10-game road trip from Aug. 2-11 to Minnesota, Boston and Detroit, matching Mike Sweeney for the franchise record for a road trip of any length (Elias) ... His combination of seven homers and 14 RBI during the road trip from Aug. 2-11 is a combination that hadn't been matched on a trip of 10 games or fewer since the Dodgers' Matt Kemp had seven homers and 16 RBI from June 3-12, 2011 ... Named Royals Player of the Month for August, in which he led the team with 19 runs, 10 home runs, 24 RBI, 19 walks, a .419 on-base percentage, .663 slugging percentage and 1.079 OPS…his combination of 10 home runs and 19 walks in August has been matched just twice by a Royal in any calendar month, by George Brett in August 1987 and John Mayberry in July 1975…he's the first America League player with 10 homers and 19 walks in a calendar month since Aaron Judge in September 2017 ... Named Royals Player of the Month for September, his second straight month with at least 10 homers and 20 RBI… prior to August, the last Royal with a 10-homer month was Mike Sweeney in June 2001 ... Became the first to win three straight Royals Player of the Month Awards since Eric Hosmer from June-August 2013 ... Homered in consecutive games eight times: Aug. 9-11 (3), Sept. 28-29, Sept. 11-12, Sept. 3-4, Aug. 29-30, June 17-18, May 29-30 and April 10-11 ... Had a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning on June 17 at Seattle, turning a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 lead…also had a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning on Aug. 25 at Cleveland, breaking a 3-3 tie ... Hit .408 (29-for-71) with eight doubles, 10 home runs and 26 RBI in 19 games vs. Detroit, including a homer in five straight games vs. the Tigers from Aug. 9-Sept. 4…his 10 homers and 26 RBI vs. Detroit were the most by a Royal vs. any opponent in a single season ... Became one of four players to record at least 10 homers and 26 RBI in a single season vs. Detroit, joining Gus Zernial (11 HR and 26 RBI in 1953), Jimmie Foxx (13 HR, 29 RBI in 1932), and Babe Ruth (10 HR and 32 RBI in 1929, 10 HR and 26 RBI in 1920 and 10 HR and 27 RBI in 1921) ... Became one of four players since 1969 to record at least 10 homers and 26 RBI in a single season vs. any opponent, joining Khris Davis vs. Texas in 2018, Darryl Strawberry vs. Houston in 1991 and Harmon Killebrew vs. Oakland in 1969 ... His 27 home runs vs. the American League Central were fourth most since the 1994 realignment, trailing only Brian Dozier (31) in 2016, Jim Thome (29) in 2002 and Ken Griffey Jr. (28) in 1999 ... Ended the season on a 14-game on-base streak, a season-best eight-game hit streak, a three-game RBI streak and a two-game homer streak.
Matched a career high with 18 doubles, despite playing in just 61 games due to a fractured left toe…placed on the 10-day DL on June 17, and did not appear with Kansas City the rest of the season...Started the season 0-for-11 before going 3-for-4 on April 8 at Cleveland, which snapped an 0-for-33 skid in the Majors that dated back to July 2, 2017...Hit .365/.460/.600 (42-for-115) with 17 extra-base hits (5 HR) and 17 RBI over his next 31 games from April 8-May 12, a stretch in which his batting average tied Mike Trout and Odubel Herrera for best in the Majors, and his hits were one behind Francisco Lindor and Nick Markakis for the Majors lead...Had a career-high-tying 10-game hit streak from April 26-May 4, in which he hit .385/.478/.744 (15-for-39) with eight extra-base hits and 10 RBI...Had a career-high 19-game on-base streak from April 13-May 4, in which he hit .353/.470/.647 (24-for-68) with 12 extra-base hits and 11 RBI...Had a two-run HR and a single in the Royals' 10-run first inning on May 8 at Baltimore, joining Jon Jay and Mike Moustakas with two hits in that inning...Hit the go-ahead, three-run HR in the 13th inning of a 7-6 win in Boston on May 1…it was the latest go-ahead HR by a Royal since Kendry Morales' walk-off HR on May 15, 2016 vs. Atlanta (also 13th inning)...Matched a career high with four hits on May 30 vs. Minnesota (also: April 20, 2015 with the Cubs)... Hit .315/.415/.648 (17-for-54) with 10 extra-base hits (4 HR) vs. left-handed pitchers...Hit .329/.440/.573 (27-for-82) with 12 extra-base hits and 13 RBI in 23 games vs. AL Central teams... Played in two rehab games with Omaha (AAA) on Aug. 27-28, but suffered a setback and was recalled from rehab on Sept. 13, ending his season.
Split the season between Kansas City and Omaha (AAA), playing in 35 games with the Royals and 74 with the Storm Chasers…opened the year on the 10-day disabled list (strained left oblique) and didn't make his KC debut until May 6…optioned twice, before being recalled for the remainder of the season on Sept. 5 ... Batted .144 (14-for-97) at the Major League level with five doubles, two homers and six RBI ... Both of his Major League home runs came at Kauffman Stadium - a solo shot on May 14 off Baltimore's Richard Bleier and a two-run homer off Minnesota's Buddy Boshers on July 1 ... Went hitless in his final 23 at-bats in the big leagues…his last hit was a fifth-inning double on July 2 vs. Minnesota ... Tied for 11th in the Pacific Coast League with 24 home runs…his total led all Royals' minor league players, one ahead of teammate Frank Schwindel (23)…recorded five multi-homer games, after collecting just one in his first five minor league seasons ... Hit .324/.453/.667 (36-for-111) with 11 homers and 31 RBI in his first 31 games with Omaha…however, he batted .228/.342/.494 (37-for-162) with 13 homers and 28 RBI in his final 43 minor league contests ... Had a career day on June 11 vs. New Orleans, connecting for a two-run shot in the ninth to tie the game and a walk-off grand slam in the 10th…his six RBI in the contest were a minor league career high.
Spent a majority of the year in the Major Leagues, appearing in 86 games with the Cubs…missed nearly two months of action, being placed on the disabled list on June 7 (strained left hamstring)...Batted .238 (54-for-227) with 12 homers and 31 RBI… that included batting .277 (39-for-141) with 10 homers and 25 RBI over his last 53 contests...Scored a run in a career-high six-straight contests, April 10-16, going 6-for-15 (.400) with a pair of homers during that stretch...After being activated from the 15-day D.L. (Aug. 5), hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat that night at Oakland...Reached base in a career-high 11-straight games, June 2-Aug. 12, batting .438 (14-for-32) with a pair of walks...Hit a game-tying solo homer in the ninth inning on Aug. 29 vs. Pittsburgh in a game the Cubs won, 8-7, in 13 innings…it marked his first career game-tying or go-ahead home run in the ninth inning or later...Batted .316 (12-for-38) with a .409 on-base percentage when leading off an inning.
In his first full season in the majors, Jorge Soler batted .262 (96-for-366) with 18 doubles, 10 homers, 47 RBI and 39 runs scored in 101 games ... missed nearly two months due to two stints on the disabled list with a left ankle sprain and a left oblique strain. Batted .268 (78-for-291) with eight homers against righties and .240 (18-for-75) with two homers against left-handed pitchers. Among N.L. rookies, ranked ninth in walks with 32 and tied for fifth in outfield assists with four. Reached base safely in his first nine career post-season plate appearances, the first player in major league history to accomplish that feat. The previous Cubs overall post-season record was held by Hack Wilson, who reached safely in seven-straight plate appearances in the 1929 World Series. Hit two home runs, April 13 vs. the Reds, including a game-tying two-run shot in the eighth inning with an 0-2 count ... set career-highs with four RBI and three runs scored. Marked his second career multi-homer effort, and came in his 30th career contest ... joined Mandy Brooks in 1925 as the only two Cubs since at least 1914 to record two multi-homer efforts in their first 30 career games. Enjoyed an eight-game hitting streak, April 13-21, in which he batted .378 (14-for-37) with three doubles, two homers, seven RBI and a 1.047 OPS. Recorded a career-high four hits, April 20 in Pittsburgh, going 4-for-5 with a double and two runs. His first-inning double, April 27 vs. Pittsburgh, snapped an 0-for-15 drought ... finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Batted .288 (30-for-104) in May after hitting just .247 (20-for-81) in the opening month. Drew a career-high four walks, May 15 vs. the Pirates. Delivered a game-tying two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning, May 23 in Arizona ... Cubs went on to win, 9-6. Landed on the 15-day disabled list, June 3, with a left ankle sprain suffered June 1 at Miami ... activated off the D.L., July 5. Recorded a career-high 10-game hitting streak, July 31-August 11, in which he batted .382 (13-for-34) with one double and eight RBI ... had four multi-RBI games. Placed on the 15-day disabled list for a second time, August 24, with a left oblique strain ... activated off the D.L., September 17. Played in four postseason games with Single-A Myrtle Beach as part of a rehab stint, scoring two runs and helping the Pelicans win the Carolina League title. Hit his first career pinch-hit homer, September 21 vs. Milwaukee, a three-run shot in the seventh inning off Cesar Jimenez ... was also his first home run off a left-handed pitcher. Homered three times in a four-game span, September 19-23, including homers in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. Batted .321 (17-for-53) with 22 RBI with runners in scoring position from July 12 through the end of the season.
Jorge made his major league debut, August 27, and went on to bat .292 (26-for-89) with eight doubles, one triple, five homers and 20 RBI in 24 games for the Cubs ... combined to hit .340 (68-for-200) with 23 doubles, two triples, 15 homers and 57 RBI in 62 games across three minor league levels to begin the campaign...Recorded a .903 OPS with Chicago thanks in part to 14 extra-base hits and six walks...Started all 24 of his games in right field...Committed two errors and recorded two outfield assists...Hit safely in 19 of 24 major league games...Recalled from Triple-A Iowa, August 27, and made his major league debut that night in Cincinnati...Belted a home run in his first career at-bat, a solo shot off Mat Latos, and finished the game 2-for-4 with a run, the homer and two RBI...Became the first Cub to homer in his first career at-bat since Starlin Castro did so, May 7, 2010 in Cincinnati...Recorded his first multi-homer effort, August 29 in St. Louis, in just his third career game...Joined teammate Javier Baez as the only Cubs to hit three home runs in their first three career games...Is just the third player since 1900 to record at least one extra-base hit in each of his first five career games, joining St. Louis' Enos Slaughter in 1938 and Boston's Will Middlebrooks in 2012...Became just the second Cub in franchise history to have 11 or more RBI in his first eight career games, joining Mandy Brooks, who had 14 RBI in his first eight games from May 30-June 8, 1925 (thanks to STATS Inc.)...Additionally, became the first player to amass at least one RBI and/or one extra-base hit in each of his first eight career games since the Philadelphia Athletics' Buddy Blair did so in 1942...Stole his first career base in the season finale, September 28 in Milwaukee...Was on Tennessee's disabled list, April 4-May 7, with a left hamstring strain ... was back on the shelf, May 20-July 6, with right hamstring strain...Hit .415 (27-for-65) with nine doubles, one triple, six home runs, 22 RBI and a 1.356 OPS in 22 games for Double-A Tennessee before he was promoted to Iowa, July 22...Named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for July, hitting .406 (26-for-64) with a .500 on-base percentage, an .891 slugging percentage and a 1.391 OPS in 24 games between Tennessee and Iowa...Batted .282 (31-for-110) with 20 extra-base hits (11 doubles, one triple and eight homers) and 29 RBI in 32 games with Iowa from July 24-August 25.
Jorge batted .281 (59-for-210) with 38 runs scored, 13 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 35 RBI in 55 games for Single-A Daytona before a strained left calf landed him on the disabled list from June 17 through the end of the season.... Named a mid-season Florida State League All-Star and the league's Player of the Week for the period ending, May 12 ... in four games during the span, he was 7-for-15 (.467) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and four RBI... Recorded a .970 fielding percentage (3 E/99 TC) in 55 games in right field ... had two outfield assists... Hit .377 (20-for-53) with a 1.112 OPS against left-handed pitching... Began the season with a 10-game hitting streak, April 4-21, hitting .378 (14-for-37) with three doubles, two homers, six RBI and seven walks... After batting .273 (18-for-66) in April, hit .304 (31-for-102) in May... Played for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .271 (23-for-85) with six doubles, one home run and 14 RBI in 20 games.
Jorge batted .299 (40-for-134) with seven doubles, five home runs and 25 RBI in 34 games between Rookie-League Mesa and Single-A Peoria in his first professional season. ...Saw action in 14 games with Rookie-League Mesa to begin his professional campaign, batting .241 (13-for-54) with two doubles, two home runs, 14 runs scored, 10 RBI and eight stolen bases....Promoted to Single-A Peoria, August 10, and went on to hit .338 (27-for-80) with five doubles, three homers, 14 runs scored, 15 RBI and four stolen bases in 20 games....Hit safely in 15 of 20 contests with the Chiefs, including eight multi-hit affairs....Hit at a .417 clip (10-for-24) with three walks, three doubles, a homer and 13 RBI with runners in scoring position with Peoria ... batted .500 (5-for-10) with nine RBI with RISP and two outs....Blasted a grand slam in his second game with the Chiefs, August 11 at Beloit....Collected a season-high four hits, August 18 at Wisconsin, going 4-for-5 with a double, a homer, two runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base in the Chiefs 9-2 victory. ...Tallied a .455 batting average (5-for-11) in three September contests to close out the season.