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Alay Soler
Alay Soler
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 795 of 1043 players
Alay Soler
Born: October 9, 1979 at Pinar Del Rio, Cuba
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.04 Weight: 240

Alay Soler was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on March 13, 2007, March 14, 2007, March 12, 2012, and December 20, 2015.


First Mets game: May 24, 2006
Last Mets game: July 2, 2006

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flushing flash
May 25, 2006
Nice debut for the kid yesterday after a rocky start. I seemed to be the only one shouting things like "Solar Heat!" or "Solar Power!" when he struck someone out. He's got a last name made for puns, and hopefully he'll be around for a long time.

He's definitely a "Pre-Jackie" Cuban, very light-skinned. From behind he looks a little like a right-handed Mickey Lolich.

The Grif
May 30, 2006
Soler really showed some guts in his first start. He has definitely earned the chance to nail down the 5th spot in the rotation. Give credit to teammates Delgado and Castro for working hard to settle him down early. With El Duque in the mix and Maine and Bannister on the mend, I feel pretty comfortable with the starting pitching situation at this point (and bye-bye Jorge Julio!).

June 10, 2006
What a great game for Soler! I have a feeling this is why the Mets signed him out of Cuba, where he was top pitcher on their national team. I enjoyed watching each strikeout in this shutout, and with the great support of the Mets defense, it was a happy victory.

Hopefully as he pitches more games and the Mets even out their line up he can continue to dominate the way he did tonight against Arizona. If he can, he is certainly a welcome addition to the rotation.

¬°Que viva Cuba, la vida libre y Alay Soler!

June 11, 2006
Alay pitched a 2-hit shutout, in only his 4th career start, last night in Arizona. Soler outdueled the D-Back's Brandon Webb, who is one of the NL's best pitchers this season. While I certainly won't expect shutouts in every start, he's shown excellent ability early on. When he was signed, I was under the impression he was a big fastball guy, but instead he has a knee-buckling curve and a very good changeup. Whatever gets the job done, Alay, just keep it up!

Mr. Sparkle
June 28, 2006
I like this guy a lot. I like the whole story, coming from Cuba and all. I wondered last year when I heard he had visa problems but then nothing again. I knew he was supposed to be good but he never got out of the DR. He has shown he could be real good but I woon't go see him pitch personally again. out of his 6 starts, I have been at Shea for 2 and he sucked both times. He just pitches well when I am not there.

David Klein
July 2, 2006
Keith Hernandez hit the nail on the head when he called him a junk baller who's afraid to throw his fastball.

Brian M
July 2, 2006
Alay Soler is way too hot and cold. I just watched him give up a grand slam to A-Rod and I almost puked. He needs to be sent down RIGHT NOW! Let Oliver start instead of this professional choke.

September 1, 2006
Alay Soler strikes me as a pretty good pitcher (the shutout will be remembered), but there are two problems...the first has already been pointed out, that being he's a bit afraid to use his fastball, turning him into an Ed Lopat-like junkballer. But if he can overcome this, then his problems should be ironed out.

The other problem doesn't lie with Soler himself, but how the Mets are using him. Back in Cuba, they were using Soler as a relief pitcher, not a starter. He's the perfect general purpose relief pitcher. In Cuba, he was being used for long relief, middle relief, set-up, and even as a closer. But what he wasn't being used as a starter. Should show you something right there.

Soler's proven he can do any form of relief, and if an opening comes in the Mets bullpen, I'd say that's where he belongs. In my opinion, having Soler start games was like the New York Giants having Hoyt Wilhelm start games. Sure, he'll give you some gems, but he'll be positively shelled every once in a while. Plus it isn't really his role.

Skip Walton
December 6, 2006
With the current state of the Mets pitching he may appear again in the Mets staff. This guy has shown he is tough, he can get behind and then put it in the past and keep you in the game. But he was hot and cold all year with the Mets. I agree with one of the last posters he's probably better off as a rubber arm out of the pen giving you a start here or there than a guy you pencil in for 30 starts.

As for the "Pre-Jackie" Cuban comment, maybe he looks like he could be a little high yellow. Maybe it's the tan or the big nose, but certainly could have played pre 1947.

More definitive "Pre-Jackie" White Cubans are non-Mets Luis Gonzalez(Cuban American), and the steroid brothers Rafael Palmeiro and Jose Canseco.

March 13, 2007
Bye Alay, Another disappointment in the grand picture of Met lore. Only we can get a Cuban defector that isn't any good! Released last night, per NY Daily News.

March 16, 2007
I had high hopes for him. I saw a lot of him at spring training this year. El Duque was working with him constantly. I even got an autograph from him. I had to wait behind this autograph mercenary who had a stack of photos. Soler signed them all, pausing at once to incredulously ask: "Are you sure these are for family?" I guess he was doomed.

Skip Walton
March 17, 2007
Looked good in the beginning of Spring Training. He could catch on with someone else and be useful as a 4 or 5 on a so-called rebuilding team.

Jonathan Stern
March 18, 2007
Too bad about his release. And to think - he showed up to Tradition Field considerably leaner. Anyway, I will remember that he pitched well initially.

Mr. Sprakle
March 23, 2007
Was it necessary to cut the guy? He could have played this year in New Orleans. What is the harm of that? I still think he has potential to be a pretty good pitcher.

July 17, 2007
I was totally wrong about this guy. Turns out the Pirates picked him up and assigned him to the AA Altoona Curve. Well, he did so badly as a combo starter/reliever (the role he pitched in Cuba), that he posted an ERA of over 6.00, struggled mightily with his control, and gave up a bunch of base hits (while he gave up just three homers in 40 innings, he was absolutely bombarded by singles). He was so awful that the Pirates...the pitching starved Pirates...gave up on him and released him.

Mr. Sparkle
March 26, 2009
For some reason I believe every "Cuban defector" is golden. I bought it with Soler and now I know better not to buy the hype. He never made it back to the bigs with either Pittsburgh or Houston and retired last year at age 29. He suck-diddly-ucked. Well at least he can live free in America now.

Gets by Buckner
May 16, 2010
Got rocked by the Yankees on a Sunday night and we never saw him again. He did have promise when he first pitched for the Mets. I always felt bad for the guy!

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