The Soler Effect: Attendance spikes where Cubs prospect plays

Peoria Chiefs OF Jorge Soler bats Saturday in Beloit. (Photo courtesy of Born on Third)

In four games with the Peoria Chiefs, Chicago Cubs prospect Jorge Soler has hit well and positively impacted attendance at the two Midwest League ballparks he played at so far.

Soler made his Peoria Chiefs debut Friday in Burlington, which has the lowest average attendance in the Midwest League. That night, 1,971 people went to Community Field — more than twice the average Bees crowd of 862. Soler played his next three games in Beloit, which has the league’s second-lowest average attendance (974). The attendance at those games were 2,409 (Saturday), 1,742 (Sunday) and 901 (Monday).

It will be interesting to see what kind of impact Soler’s presence in the Chiefs lineup has on attendance in Peoria during the three-game series that starts tonight. I’m guessing it will be more of the same — a notable increase.

I’ll be at Friday’s Chiefs game to catch my first glimpse of Soler in action. Of course, I’ll have a report on him and the game, with photos, on this blog afterward. In the meantime, you can see some photos from Saturday’s game here on the Born on Third Cubs blog. (Thanks to Born on Third for letting me use the photo you see at the top of this post.)

After four games with the Chiefs, Soler is batting .357 with 1 HR and 6 RBI. His biggest hit so far was a grand slam against the Beloit Snappers on Saturday.

Brantly makes major-league debut

Catcher Rob Brantly made his major-league debut with the Miami Marlins last night. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Brantly, who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers last month, played 127 games with the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2010-11. He batted .284 with 8 HR and 65 RBI.

Brantly is the 99th former Whitecaps player to reach the major leagues. The Whitecaps promotions department is running a contest in which fans can guess who will be No. 100, with the winner getting a prize pack. Contest details can be found here.

Odorizzi makes no-hit bid

Omaha Storm Chasers RHP Jake Odorizzi took a no-hitter into the 7th inning Tuesday. He almost took it to the 8th, but gave up a two-out single to Chris Woodward.

The Kansas City Royals prospect pitched for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 2010 when he was a Milwaukee Brewers farmhand. He went 7-3 with a 3.43 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 120.2 IP.

Bour reaches century mark in RBI

Tennessee Smokies 1B Justin Bour drove in his 100th run of the season Sunday. He currently is batting .297 with 15 HR and 101 RBI in 119 games with the Smokies.

Bour played 127 games with the Peoria Chiefs in 2010, batting .291 with 12 HR and 87 RBI.

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