Before Jorge Soler left big-league camp in late March, Alfonso Soriano told him that he still had to work hard every day, forget about his bank account and set an example for the kids in the minors. That’s how the $136 million man rolls.

The Cubs just made an example of Soler for failing to hustle. By Monday, the message could be heard throughout the entire organization, creating more negative headlines for the $30 million Cuban defector.

Class-A manager Dave Keller benched Soler on Sunday for not running hard the night before. This came less than three weeks after the Florida State League suspended Soler five games for instigating a bench-clearing incident in which he grabbed a bat and had to be restrained until teammates and coaches defused the situation.

This is “The Cubs Way,” and it should grab the attention of all those prospects fighting to make it to Wrigley Field.

“Our managers are encouraged to bench players who are giving less than 100 percent effort,” team president Theo Epstein said in a statement, “whether that’s failure to hustle down the first-base line or failure to properly prepare for a game. It’s our responsibility to make sure every player in the organization demonstrates preparation, hustle and effort every day with no exceptions.

“Playing time is still the best way to get a player’s attention. These actions are intended to remain in-house. Many players have been benched for this reason already this year and have responded immediately with proper effort. Soler is not alone, and, in fact, he has shown a real interest in learning to play the game the right way.”