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Soler, Anderson Pipeline's July standouts

Cubs' No. 6 prospect slugs eight homers during month; Rockies lefty surging

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Throughout the season, the MLBPipeline.com staff will name Pipeline Prospects of the Month -- one hitter and one pitcher who excelled over the last 31 days. To qualify for selection, a player must rank among his organization's Top 20 Prospects, as listed on our Prospect Watch. 

Pipeline Hitting Prospect of the Month: Jorge Soler, Iowa Cubs
Cubs' No. 6 prospect, 27 G, .378/.473/.811, 1.283, 8 HR, 21 RBI, 15 R

Soler, ranked No. 54 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, spent most of the first half of the season on the disabled list due to hamstring injuries, but he put those concerns behind him in July. The outfielder began the month on a rehab assignment in the Arizona League and hit well enough upon returning to Double-A Tennessee to merit a promotion to Triple-A Iowa.

Soler's powerful bat was on display across all three levels. He hit eight home runs, six doubles and a triple, driving in 21 runs.

Perhaps most importantly, Soler has joined Kris Bryant and Javier Baez, the Cubs' top two prospects, in Iowa, where they're just a step away from the big leagues. It is the first time three members of the so-called "Core Four" prospects have played on the same team (outfielder Albert Almora is the last member). Soler typically hits fifth in Iowa's lineup, following Baez and Bryant.

Honorable mention
Javier Baez
, SS, Iowa Cubs: Cubs' No. 2 prospect, 29 G, .300/.344/.655, .999 OPS, 10 HR, 32 RBI, 21 R, 2 SB

Matt den Dekker, OF, Las Vegas 51s: Mets' No. 19 prospect, 29 G, .420/.508/.630, 1.138 OPS, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 26 R, 6 SB

Steven Moya , OF, Erie SeaWolves: Tigers' No. 7 prospect, 29 G, .304/.347/.652, .999 OPS, 10 HR, 33 RBI, 20 R, 3 SB

Trea Turner, SS, Fort Wayne TinCaps: Padres' No. 5 prospect, 27 G, .364/.444/.500, .944 OPS, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 18 R, 10 SB

Justin Williams, OF, Missoula Osprey: D-backs' No. 15 prospect , 29 G, .433/.466/.533, .999 OPS, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 22 R

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Pipeline Pitching Prospect of the Month: Tyler Anderson, Tulsa Drillers
Rockies' No. 12 prospect, 1-1, 0.33 ERA, 5 GS, 27 IP, 21 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 9 BB, 26 K

Anderson finished July on a 23-inning scoreless streak that spanned four starts. While the streak has netted him only one victory, it has lowered his season ERA by more than a half-run, and he now leads the Texas League with an ERA of 2.10.

Anderson's streak has largely come at the expense of the Arkansas Travelers. The first three games of his streak came against the Angels affiliate, and he closed out the month with six scoreless innings against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Thursday.

While Anderson was especially good in July, he has pitched well for Tulsa all season. In 19 starts this year, the left-hander is 4-4 with an 86-to-31 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 94 1/3 innings. In addition to leading the league in ERA, he has a 1.18 WHIP that's third best in the circuit.

Honorable mention
Lucas Giolito
, RHP, Hagerstown Suns: Nationals' No. 1 prospect, 4-0, 1.91 ERA, 5 GS, 28 1/3 IP, 18 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 33 K

Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton Marauders: Pirates' No. 1 prospect, 3-2, 1.82 ERA, 5 GS, 29 2/3 IP, 25 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 9 BB, 40 K

Antonio Senzatela, RHP, Asheville Tourists: Rockies' No. 20 prospect, 4-0, 0.93 ERA, 5 GS, 29 IP, 16 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 25 K

Luis Severino, RHP, Trenton Thunder: Yankees' No. 1 prospect, 2-0, 1.09 ERA, 5 GS, 24 2/3 IP, 16 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 8 BB, 34 K

Jen-Ho Tseng, RHP, Kane County Cougars: Cubs' No. 16 prospect, 3-1, 1.47 ERA, 5 G, 30 2/3 IP, 14 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 20 K

Trevor Williams, RHP, Jupiter Hammerheads: Marlins' No. 6 prospect, 1-1, 3.16 ERA, 5 GS, 25 2/3 IP, 24 H, 12 R, 9 ER, 5 BB, 24 K

Kevin Ziomek, LHP, West Michigan White Caps: Tigers' No. 5 prospect, 2-1, 1.50 ERA, 5 GS, 24 IP, 18 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 36 K

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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