Rookie Dish: Soto Has No More Power Problems

Prospect of the Day

Neftali Soto (Reds) was rated the 8th best prospect in the Gulf Cost League last year, but had only two home runs in 40 games. This came as somewhat of surprise, considering Soto broke Juan Gonzalez’ youth home run record in Puerto Rico. Wednesday night, Soto matched his GCL home run total in one game. The Billings third baseman went 3-5 with two home runs in Monday’s win. His three run shot in the sixth put the game out of reach, as Billings cruised to a 10-3 victory.

Prospect Nuggets

Burlington’s Allen Caldwell, the Royals’ 12th-round pick out of Spartanburg Methodist JC, had his first multi-hit night in pro ball, going 2-for-3 with an RBI in Burlington’s 10-3 loss to Danville… Braves closer Craig Kimbrell picked up his first save in the Danville victory, pitching two innings and striking out two…Mets 16-year-old Wilmer Flores continued his hot start for Kingsport, going 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs, in a 6-4 victory…Bristol shortstop Juan Silverio (White Sox) hit his first Appalachian League home run in the White Sox 8-5 win over Johnson City. Silverio’s seventh inning home run proved to be the difference in Bristol’s first win of 2008…After a home run on opening night, Eduardo Escobar (White Sox) delivered another impressive performance on Wednesday. Escobar when 2-3 at the plate, scoring twice and driving in two runs in a 7-5 Great Falls victory…Brewer supplemental first-round pick Evan Frederickson made his professional debut last night. Frederickson went four innings allowing two hits and a run while striking out seven…Orem right fielder Angel Castillo (Angels) led the Owlz attack in Wednesday night’s 13-3 win belting two solo home runs and going 4-5 on the night while scoring four times…Owlz first baseman Gabe Jacobo (Angels) had his first professional home run in the rout over Ogden. Jacobo, the Angels 10th-round pick out of Sacramento State, went 3-5 with 3 RBI in the win.

What To Watch For Today

With every outstanding performance he has the focus in the Appalachian League continues to grow on Flores. Tonight he will face off against Jay Austin and the Greenville Astros in the rubber match of a three game set.