But his lack of hustle that was disclosed by Jason McLeod, the senior vice president of scouting and player development, appears to be cured for now with his new Kansas City teammates.
“There’s no doubt about it,” Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday of Soler, a Cuban native who was dealt from the Cubs after 2 1/2 mercurial seasons, for closer Wade Davis. “We have tremendous Latin players on our team that have made him feel right at home. He’s all smiles. He’s working his tail off.”
That hustle has paid off in Soler’s defense, according to Yost.
“The improvements he’s made in the outfield already have been impressive on his turns and routes,” Yost said. “Rusty Kuntz is a phenomenal outfield coach, and (Soler) has kind of knocked Rusty’s eyes off with his ability to adapt so quickly and do it.”