Outfielder Albert Almora, the Cubs' No. 1 pick in this year's First-Year Player Draft, was promoted from the Mesa Rookie League team to Class A Boise, and is expected to join the Hawks on Wednesday.
Almora went 5-for-6 on Monday to lead a 25-hit attack and help Mesa beat the Reds, 17-7. Almora batted .413 over his last 10 games.
"He's done a real nice job the last week to 10 days," said Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations. "For him it was a matter of getting his timing down. He has a leg kick, and sometimes those guys have to see a lot of live pitching to get their timing locked in. He can drive the ball all over the field recently. We think he's pretty advanced for an 18-year-old."
Casey Coleman, who was pitching for Triple-A Iowa, was placed on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder, and Cuban pitcher Yoanner Negrin has been promoted to Iowa from Double-A Tennessee. Negrin was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2011 and began this season with Omecas de Tabasco of the Mexican League. He made one start for the Smokies and did not give up an earned run over five innings.
Alfonso Soriano is two shy of 1,000 RBIs for his career. He looks to become the sixth player in Major League history to total 1,000 RBIs, 400 doubles, 350 home runs and 250 stolen bases. The others are Barry Bonds, Andre Dawson, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield.