Dave Keller is about as old school as they come, and the former Cubs coach and current manager of the team’s Class A Daytona affiliate didn’t like what he saw from top prospect Jorge Soler.

So Soler became one of the first prominent examples of the Cubs Way, finding himself on the bench Sunday for failing to run hard.

Keller told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that Soler sat “because within the philosophy and the work ethic that we are trying to create in this organization -- and that we are trying to get our players to understand – work ethic, energy, determination, playing hard and running hard is part of the whole program. When you don't do that, then you don't get to play. That's something that has really been emphasized over the last two years.”

Keller has the support of Cubs’ management in his disciplinary measure.

"Our managers are encouraged to bench players who are giving less than 100 percent effort -- whether that's failure to hustle down the first base line or failure to properly prepare for a game,” president Theo Epstein said. “It's our responsibility to make sure every player in the organization demonstrates preparation, hustle and effort every day with no exceptions. Playing time is still the best way to get a player's attention.

“Many players have been benched for this reason already this year and have responded immediately with proper effort. Soler is not alone, and, in fact, he has shown a real interest in learning to play the game the right way."