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The Cubs' newest phenom impressive early

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08:21 AM ET 02.26 | Let the hype begin again. [Darnell McDonald] calls him "King James." As in LeBron James. As in the former hoops prodigy turned NBA legend. So, to the Chicago Cubs official who asked me with a smile, "Don't crank up the hype machine too far," I can offer only one possible response: Your own players are doing the cranking! "He's legit, a physical specimen, impressive bat speed -- and a rocket arm, too," outfielder Scott Hairston says. ... The player in question, outfielder Jorge Soler, who [turned 21] on Monday. Recently, club president Theo Epstein said to one of the Cubs' veterans, "Not bad for a 20-year-old, huh?" "Twenty?" the player replied. "I thought he was 25!" Soler looks the part at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds.

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February 26, 2013  08:41 AM ET

If he is really 21 good for him, but it is a long way from A ball to Wrigley Field.

February 26, 2013  08:46 AM ET

He sounds like the kind of prospect the Cubs can build a team around. They have him locked up contractually for 9 yrs.

February 26, 2013  08:46 AM ET

Mark; Mark's Dad:

The floor is yours.

February 26, 2013  01:45 PM ET

Knowing that the Cubbies have been BAD for quite some time...

Who was their last phenom? Mark Price?

February 26, 2013  01:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Knowing that the Cubbies have been BAD for quite some time...Who was their last phenom? Mark Price?

That would be Mark Prior :-)

February 26, 2013  04:55 PM ET

No they blew out the arms of their last few phenoms...

February 26, 2013  06:06 PM ET

wiseup: calling Soler a phenom weeks into spring training is putting a lot of pressure on a young man.

February 27, 2013  12:37 PM ET

So is he the next Corey Patterson or the next Felix Pie?

 
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