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Rookie Dish: Soto Continues Hot Streak

Prospect Of The Day

Billings (Reds) shortstop Neftali Soto has been in this spot before, but his outstanding play in the Northwest League continues to impress. Soto went 2-for-5 on Tuesday, with both of his hits being doubles. Soto now sits at seven doubles on the year and has posted an impressive .364 average. It appears the Reds have soured on his abilities at short stop, as he had played almost exclusively at third base this year. While not unexpected, because most doubted his ability to stick at shortstop, the move comes sooner than some expected.

Prospect Nuggets

A rainout Monday forced Kingsport (Mets) and Bluefield (Orioles) to play twice on Tuesday and Wilmer Flores put on a show in both games. Flores, the 16-year-old Venezuelan shortstop, opened up the scoring in the first inning of game one with a solo home run, his fourth of the year. In the second game, Flores had his fourth double of the season in a 7-5 Kingsport win. . . . Flores’ teammate Dock Doyle (Mets), the Mets’ fifth-round pick this year, was 2-for-3 in game two of the doubleheader. Doyle who came out of Coastal Carolina as a catcher, has seen time at both catcher and DH for Kingsport this year. . . . Cardinal’s third-round pick Niko Vasquez (Cardinals) had a big day on Wednesday, going 2-for-3 in a Johnson City loss. The shortstop out of Durango High in Las Vegas added his fourth double of the year in the 7-2 defeat to Danville. . .Princeton (Rays) shortstop Tim Beckham’s first multi-hit game in professional baseball came on Tuesday night in a 3-2 loss at Greeneville (Astros). Beckham, the first overall pick in this years draft, was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the loss. . .Outfielder Jaff Decker (Padres) continues to enjoy playing in his home state. Decker was 2-for-4 on Tuesday with two runs scored in the AZL Padres 9-2 victory over the AZL Cubs. . . . Casper (Rockies) righthander Ethan Hollingsworth fell to 1-2 on the year as the Ghosts  was defeated by Ogden (Dodgers) 5-3. Hollingsworth, the Rockies fourth-round pick in this year’s draft, allowed eight hits and two earned runs in five innings, while striking out six. . . . Billings righthander Clayton Shunick (Reds) picked up his first win on Tuesday. Shunick went five innings, allowing five hits and only one run while striking out eight in his victory over Great Falls (White Sox). . . . Rich Hill (Cubs) was sent to the AZL Cubs to regain his form after struggling with the big league club and in Triple-A. Hill didn’t show signs of improving on Tuesday, lasting one third of an inning before removed. Hill was touched up for four runs in his brief appearance thanks to three walks and one hit allowed.

What to Watch for Today

Six-foot-six lefthander Kevin Skogley will toe the rubber for Great Falls tonight. Skogley, the White Sox’ 12th-round pick in 2007, is 1-0 on the year with a 2.55 ERA.

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