Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday that his team has interest in Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler. [Link]
Beerleaguer: The legend of this faceless, young savior (pictured right) grows and grows, doesn't it? And when I say faceless, I mean faceless. It's tough to even track down an image of the dude using Google Images. If you believe the hype, Soler would be the fastest way to put the Phillies' farm system back on the map. By way of a quick scouting report: Ken Rosenthal's source says he could wind up at first base while the Baseball America guys are split on his speed, saying he's either above average or average at best. He's reportedly 6-foot-3, 205-pounds of blossoming power and a good arm suited for right field, although BA's sources are mixed on his outfield instincts.
The Yankees and Phillies are going the hardest, according to Yahoo! Sports. Wherever he winds up, the 19-year-old is likely to start his career in Class A, Baseball America says.