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Jorge Soler Ejected After Brawl

April 11, 2013

Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, one of the Cubs' top prospects, was ejected from a Daytona Cubs Class A game on Wednesday night after a bench-clearing incident.

The Daytona Beach News Journal reported that Soler wielded a bat as he charged across the field. He was caught by teammates near Clearwater's dugout and never swung the bat.

Still, Daytona manager Dave Keller told the News Journal those few seconds were "kind of like a nightmare."

Soler and Clearwater's Edgar Alonso exchanged words at second base before the incident after Soler slid into the base. Teammates came out to separate them, and everyone headed back to their dugouts. But Soler came sprinting back out of the dugout -- bat in hand -- toward the Threshers dugout, according to the report.

"There were two separate incidents, and there was really no fight," Keller told the News Journal. "But because nobody was around him when he was running across the field with a bat ... that makes things a little bit crazy."

The Daytona Cubs lost 14-9 in 11 innings.

The Cubs were gathering information on the ejection late Wednesday and had no comment.

Soler, 21, signed a nine-year, $30 million contract in June and is considered one of the building blocks in the Cubs system, along with Javier Baez and Albert Almora.

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