Carlos Soler

Position: CF
Level: Extended Spring Training
Affiliate: XST Cardinals
League: Extended Spring Training
Born: 10/29/1999 (Age: 24)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 163
B/T: Left / Right
Acquired: Signed as international free agent July 2, 2016 (STL)

Prospect Spotlight
Soler signed with St. Louis for $600K on the first day of the 2016 international period. Now 19-years-old, he spent his first summer in pro ball in the DSL before splitting time last year between the DSL and GCL. He’s an extra-twitchy 6-foot-2, with lean, wiry features that project large and catch your eye. A plus athlete, Soler has the physical tools to bring defensive value in CF. He runs well and covers plenty of ground with long, fluid strides, though his reads and general instincts still could use work. A loose, projectable arm-stroke produces easy carry with strong lines back to the infield; it isn’t unreasonable to dream on a 55-grade throw/field combo down the road at a valuable defensive position.

Soler would place in the FV 40 tier by now if he showed more aptitude at the plate. Despite an athletic, well-synced stroke with quick wrists, his lack of barrel-feel against non-fastballs is a glaring weakness that frequently leaves him whiffing badly through off-speed stuff. The athleticism, projection, and center-diamond profile put Soler in the 35+/Follow category for now, with the potential to move higher than that if he grows into any power and makes more frequent contact.