The Atlanta Braves we’re extremely busy retooling the outfield at the trade deadline after the injury to Ronald Acuña Jr. Jorge Soler has been an example of how a change of scenery can do a world of good. Since putting on a Braves uniform, he’s hitting .287/.376/.535 with nine home runs and a 141 wRC+, which is the highest of all the Braves trade deadline acquisitions. He has had the clutch gene as well with six game-tying or go ahead hits. The game seems to have slowed down in the biggest spots for Soler.
We all knew about Solar’s light tower power and ability to leave the yard at any point, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at his patience and approach at the plate since the trade from Kansas City. He’s worked 18 walks in 33 games and only struck out 28 times. The development of his eye has been added dimension to the Braves offense especially with Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley hitting behind Soler. His ability to put up long at bats has greatly benefited the entire lineup even if he doesn’t reach, he forces opposing pitching staffs to throw the kitchen sink to him. As a result, giving his teammates the upper hand because there are no mysteries as to what a pitcher has. The productivity of Soler has been fabulous, but his mindset has been an underrated asset.
Another aspect of Soler’s game that has been a nice surprise is his defensive ability in right field. He isn’t he’s been steady and hasn’t been the detriment that many feared. That is pretty impressive for a guy that was a primary DH for Kansas City the last 4 1/2 seasons. I believe being out in the field has helped his offensive game as well because you’re engaged in the game. as a DH you can get in your own head when an at bat doesn’t go your way and thus start over thinking things and trying too hard. The fresh start and different role for Soler has provided a great spark for him and the Braves.