Jorge Soler pulled his white SUV into the spot reserved for Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts. Javier Baez parked his white Mercedes-Benz right next to it.
The two big-name prospects haven’t taken over the place yet. They made an extra stop for a few minutes after Wednesday’s rain-shortened workout as the Cubs cleaned out their lockers and moved their stuff from Fitch Park to HoHoKam Stadium.
Soler and Baez are eventually going to make the trip back down Center Street and return to minor-league camp. But first they will get a taste of the Cactus League.
Just like the Cubs fans counting down their arrival to Wrigley Field, manager Dale Sveum is curious to see how two of Baseball America’s top 100 prospects perform.
“I’m very anxious,” Sveum said. “Obviously, those are the guys you talk about that are on your radar in the minor-league system. They have all those God-given tools – the speed, the arm, the power.
“It’s pretty special talent and bat speed those guys have – you want to see it in person and in game speed.”
Soler and Baez will bat fifth-sixth – followed by Junior Lake and Brett Jackson – in the Blue team’s lineup for Thursday’s intrasquad scrimmage at HoHoKam Stadium.
“You can get used to being here,” Baez said. “(But you got) to work hard every day.”
Cubs eager to take a longer look at Soler, Baez
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