Chicago Cubs minor league outfielder Jorge Soler has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for his role in a benches-clearing incident in a Class A game Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. After Daytona’s Soler exchanged words with Clearwater's Edgar Alonso about a slide at second base, both benches emptied. Order was restored, but then Soler reportedly grabbed a bat and charged toward the opposing dugout. He never reached the dugout and didn’t swing the bat at anyone. “Jorge is tremendously remorseful about what happened. He understands what he did was wrong. He didn’t sleep all night, up all night thinking about it. Very apologetic. He understands this can’t happen again," Cubs president Theo Epstein told the newspaper. “According to Jorge, there was some back-and-forth with a player on the other team throughout most of the game. And then eventually something was said about Jorge’s family, and that’s when he lost his cool. But he understands, and we agree, that is not an excuse for what happened. He has to find a way to better manage his emotions on the field. "We condemn the act, with what took place. But we support the player. We believe in Jorge as a person, as well as a player. It’s our responsibility to work with him, to make sure he has a better way to channel his emotions on the field and make sure something like this doesn’t happen again. That’s our responsibility. It’s his responsibility to fully embrace that.” Soler, 21, was signed to a nine-year, $30 million contract last June after defecting from Cuba. He is considered one of the Cubs’ top prospects.
Jorge Soler suspension: Cubs OF prospect gets 5-game ban for bat-wielding tirade
Sporting News | Apr 11