Cubs prospect Soler homers in his first major-league at-bat
AUG 27, 2014 5:46p ET
Soler connected on a 2-1 pitch from Latos in the second inning, hitting the ball onto the netting above the Reds bullpen in center field. He's the first Cubs player to homer in his first at-bat in the majors since Starlin Castro connected off Homer Bailey in Cincinnati on May 7, 2010.
The Cuban signed a nine-year, $30 million contract last season. He was promoted before the game on Wednesday, part of Chicago's youth movement. Soler, who has decided to keep his No. 68 in the majors, is the eighth Cubs player to make his debut this season.
Sweeney had to leave the Cubs' 3-0 victory on Tuesday with a pulled hamstring. Ruggiano hadn't played since last week because of a sore left ankle.
The Cubs also recalled infielder Logan Watkins from Iowa, a day after he was optioned down.