The good news - if Jorge get's DL'ed, Albert Almora is going to get his first taste of the Show. Lost in the hype of Baez, Bryant, Schwarber and even Soler himself, Almora will be the latest top prospect to make their way up to the top of the ladder.
TheoJed's first, first round draft selection in 2012 has been relatively slow-developing. On one hand, Albert's defense has been absolutely phenomenal and, honestly, has probably been Major League ready for over a year now. His glove work in the outfield has drawn pretty much nothing but rave reviews from scouts and fans alike and who can blame them when he makes acrobatic catches such as this:
Seriously, the man is an artist and his glove is his paintbrush. Just type in "Albert Almora catch" on YouTube... you could get lost for hours.
On the other hand, Albert has been pretty hit or miss with the bat. Literally, he recently went a calendar month without taking a single walk and his aggressive approach doesn't necessarily blend in with this patient Cubs team. Additionally, his power has failed to develop as hoped thus far (only 23 dingers in 5 MiLB seasons) and his average has hovered around .270 over the past couple campaigns.
All in all, due to his highlight-reel ready glove, it appears as though Almora's bottom floor is a defensive specialist, fourth outfielder. However, if the bat comes around to even average production in the Majors (he's still only 22, after all), he can be a starting centerfielder for a long time to come. With Dexter Fowler likely to depart once this season has concluded, it's important that the team get a peak at what he can do.
The outfield in Chicago has been an infirmary so far in 2016, with the season-ending knee injury to Kyle Schwarber, the hamstring aggravation for Matt Szczur and the lingering wrist problems for Jason Heyward. The fact that the club is STILL performing historically well despite all of this is a testament to this team's depth and resiliency. While that may be, I'd still like to see Soler healthy in the minimum 15 days; at some point, the straw is going to break the camel's back.
In the meantime, I'm guessing the Cubs will either play Albert as the starter in center, with Fowler pushed to left, or as the first outfielder off of the bench with Kris Bryant slotting into left and Javy Baez taking over the hot corner; I'm leaning towards the latter though. We shall see how Joe chooses to deploy the young man.
Here's hoping that he seizes the moment - good luck and welcome to the show, Albert! Oh and welcome to my Cubs All-Time Roster Collection binder, as well.