Jenna Corrado and HardballTalk’s Craig Calcaterra discuss the future of the Chicago Cubs, who are in last place in the NL Central but boast three of the top ten prospects in baseball according to MLB.com. Just Wednesday night, outfielder Jorge Soler homered in his major-league debut, while fellow blue-chip rookie Javier Baez doubled and drove in a pair of runs. With Starlin Castro still just 24 years of age and all-world third baseman Kris Bryant flying through Chicago’s minor-league system, general manager Theo Epstein and the Cubs may not be too far away from becoming legitimate contenders.

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Chicago Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler stole the show in his major league debut Wednesday night, but the Cincinnati Reds got the victory. Soler homered in his first career at-bat and drove in two runs, but a solid seven innings from Mat Latos and a pinch-hit homer by Chris Heisey lifted Cincinnati to a 7-5 win at Great American Ball Park. “He looked very comfortable in the box, as we were told of him before he got here,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. Left fielder Skip Schumaker went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Cincinnati (64-69), which improved to 10-5 this season against the Cubs.

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The top tiers of the reliever rankings are thinning.

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Yordano Ventura has come into his own lately, but the Kansas City Royals are choosing to exercise caution by skipping his turn. Instead, they’ll look to Liam Hendriks to knock off his former team. Hendriks makes his Royals debut Wednesday night against the visiting Minnesota Twins. “But as a precaution we think it’s smarter to go ahead and bang him one start and go from there.” In his place will be Hendriks (1-0, 6.08 ERA) who hasn’t pitched in the majors since June 20 for Toronto.

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One of the talented young players in the well-stocked Chicago Cubs’ farm system is expected to be called up to the big leagues. According to reports, Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler will join the Cubs before Wednesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. The 22-year-old Soler is batting .338 this season in the minor leagues with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs for Triple-A Iowa, Double-A Tennessee and the Cubs’ rookie league team in Mesa, Ariz. Soler was removed from Iowa’s game against Tacoma on Monday night after belting a three-run homer, his eighth home run of the season for the Triple-A team, off Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker.

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The Chicago Cubs are summoning another of the high-expectation youngsters to the major leagues. Next up is Jorge Soler, the 22-year-old Cuban outfielder who is considered one of the Cubs’ “Core Four” prospects along with Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Albert Almora. The Cubs haven’t yet announced the call-up, but it’s being reported by CSN Chicago , the Chicago Tribune , MLB.com  and Minor League Baseball . Soler’s Triple-A manager even talked about how “special” of a player he is after Monday’s game . Soler hit a three-run homer for the Iowa Cubs on Monday, then was pulled from the game early, signaling a call-up. He’s expected to join the big Cubs on Tuesday in Cincinnati. Soler hit .340/.432/.700 across the minors this season — playing 32 games in Triple-A, 22 in Double-A and eight in rookie ball while rehabbing an injury. He totaled 15 homers and 57 RBIs. In Triple-A alone, he hit .282/.378/.618 with eight homers and 29 RBIs.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Tsuyoshi Wada was disappointed he didn’t pitch better when he was in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

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After squandering an opportunity to complete a sweep and regain control of the AL West, the Oakland Athletics would love to see Josh Donaldson back in their lineup. They hope their All-Star third baseman will return Monday night when they visit the Houston Astros. Oakland (76-53) had moved back into a tie for first place with the Los Angeles Angels after taking the first two of a three-game set, but Scott Kazmir was shelled for seven runs in three-plus innings of a 9-4 loss on Sunday, letting Los Angeles leave town with a one-game edge. “It’s not even about a series any more,” manager Bob Melvin said.

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs reinstated right-hander Brian Schlitter from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday.

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The stars — or maybe we should say clouds — could not have aligned any better for Chicago Cubs fans on Saturday. Right around the time Jackie Robinson West Little League was taking the field in Williamsport to play for the United States championship, the Windy City skies opened up, causing a lengthy delay in the middle of their afternoon game against the Baltimore Orioles. Oh, don’t worry, the Cubs grounds crew had things under control this time around. But the conveniently timed delay did allow fans at home and even fans at Wrigley Field to turn their full attention to the “Pride of the Chicago” as mayor Rahm Emmanuel calls them. In fact, those at Wrigley quickly huddled around the many hundreds of televisions that line the concourse and remained there for the entire championship game.  The most fun watching baseball from Wrigley in some time. #JackieRobinsonWest — Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) August 23, 2014 It made for an impressive visual, and when Chicago turned the the dramatic 1-6-3 game-ending double play, the eruption in the stadium was goosebump-inducing. We imagine the noise will be on an other-worldly level if and when the Cubs make the World Series, but this at least sounded like the Cubs were head back to the postseason. It was loud and it was awesome, and it reminds us that the city of Chicago can unite when it comes to baseball. It just takes a very special team to make it happen. BLS H/N: For The Win More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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