Kansas City Royals: Jorge Soler on pace for historic second half
By Ryan Sikes
Jorge Soler has become a superstar this season for the Kansas City Royals and he’s on pace for a historic second half of the season.
It seems like Jorge Soler keeps amazing Kansas City Royals fans every day. In his first healthy season and regular playing time, Soler has emerged as one of baseball’s next superstars. The former Chicago Cub showed his potential with the north siders but has flourished in 2019.
In the last seven games alone, Soler has a slash line of 0.269/0.406/0.615 with 3 home runs and 5 RBI’s while taking 5 walks in 32 plate appearances as well. Oh, and he broke the Royals’ single-season home run record set by Mike Moustakas in 2017.
His second half of this season has been up there with the best in baseball with a 1.046 OPS, which is 12th best in the league entering Monday. He’s ahead of guys like Christian Yelich, Juan Soto, Jose Altuve, and Mookie Betts. If you recall, last season Yelich put up a historic second half for the Milwaukee Brewers that ultimately sent them to the National League Championship Series.
Obviously, that’s not going to translate to the 2019 Kansas City Royals, who are just going to miss the playoffs (lol) but it’s extremely encouraging for the team’s future. Soler is in the midst of his prime and will be 28-years old when the 2020 season starts.
Right now, it would appear that the Royals won’t be competitive again next season but the team will be under new ownership in November. While we don’t exactly know how John Sherman is going to approach his first free agency, you would like to think that he realizes both Soler and Dozier are currently in their primes.
That doesn’t mean he has to sell the farm to get a big name in the door but there will be several free agents that they could target in the offseason to potentially give them a chance. Several promising pitching prospects will be making their way to the big leagues in the next couple seasons and the Royals could shortly find themselves competitive again.