Collette Calls: Hot as the Sol(er)
Collette Calls: Hot as the Sol(er)

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

As play begins Monday, Jorge Soler has 35 home runs for a terrible Kansas City club. He even threw in a stolen base Saturday night for the first time all season, and my fading Tout Wars team appreciated the combo meal. I rostered him for $9 in AL Tout in March, and he had a 357 ADP in mid-March. To date, he has earned $25 in a 15-team mixed league format according to our EAV Calculator and $27 in 12-team AL-Only formats.

When you visit Soler's StatCast page, the rankings portion on the upper right jumps out, and it should.

Each of those red dots represent at least a 90th percentile ranking in the category. One can get on a heater for a couple weeks, but it can be argued that Soler has been on this for two seasons now. 

2018 was an abbreviated season for Soler due to a toe injury that ended his season in mid-June. Our preseason fantasy outlook for Soler pointed out some of the improvements he made last year and hinted at some possibilities for this season:

Things appeared to be looking up for Soler before he suffered a toe fracture in mid-June, an injury which wound up costing him the rest of his season. He finished with a .265/.354/.466 line and his best wRC+ (123) since he notched a 148 mark in a tiny sample in 2014. Soler cut his strikeout rate from 32.7 to 26.8 percent while raising his ISO from .113

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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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