Via Reading Between The Seams:
In a bizarre incident Wednesday, Cuban defector and elite Chicago Cubs prospect Jorge Soler charged the opposing dugout wielding a bat after a frustrating play on the basepaths. Solar plays for the Daytona Cubs. According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal:
The incident followed a confrontation between Soler and Clearwater’s Carlos Alonso at second base following the final play of the seventh. Soler slid into the base on the play, and he and Alonso exchanged words. Teammates from each side came out to separate the two, and the groups headed back to their dugouts. But Soler came sprinting back out of the Cubs’ dugout — bat in hand — toward the Threshers’ dugout.
According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, Soler will only face a 5 game suspension as a result of his actions.
This seems lenient, given that tossing an errant ball at a batter typically gets you 5 games for a pitcher, and bat wielding is well beyond a little on-field policing of actions. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed before any action took place, but I think a 15-20 game suspension might have been a stronger message that bats have no place in general enforcement of baseball’s unwritten rules.
The Daytona Cubs are Class High-A, the 21-year-old Jorge Soler was recently signed for $30M (9 years) and this has to send out red flags within the organization. Although most accounts state that this is not his usual disposition, and he seems to be of a demeanor amenable toward making the majors without incident.