Soler also on Marlins’ radar

So much attention has been focused on Yoenis Cespedes, the Cuban defector regarded as a five-tool player.

But the 26-year-old outfielder isn’t the only talented Cuban native who has caught the attention of a number of teams, including the Marlins, Red Sox, Yankees and Cubs.

Jorge Soler, 19, also has been working out for teams in the Dominican Republic.

A number of teams, including the Marlins and Rangers, have already scouted Soler.

Like Cespedes, Soler defected from Cuba and he has been working out in the Dominican Republic.

While Cespedes is considered big league ready right now, Soler is viewed as being three years away from reaching the Major Leagues.

In stature, a scout said, Soler is slightly smaller than Marlins slugger Mike Stanton, who stands 6-foot-5 1/2, 250-pounds.

Like Stanton, Soler has big-time power potential.

Cespedes projects to be a player who can hit .290 with 30 homers at the big league level. A scout said Soler may not hit for as high an average as Cespedes, but he could be a 40 home run candidate.

Joe Frisaro


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