• Full name Neftali O. Soto
  • Born 02/28/1989 in Manati, Puerto Rico
  • Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 210 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Colegio Marista
  • Debut 05/18/2013
  • Drafted in the 3rd round (109th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds in 2007 (signed for $279,000).
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    Of Puerto Rico's three most established prospects, Soto has the best present hitting ability, showing more power than Reynoldo Navarro and making better contact than Angel Morales. Unlike those two, Soto isn't expected to stay in the middle of the diamond. He's an adequate defender with solid-average arm strength who has improved his lateral quickness and running since last fall, but ultimately Soto's bat is going to have to carry him. He has a rudimentary feel for the strike zone, with a willingness to work counts. He has a whippy swing with plus bat speed, though his swing gets long at times. Balls jump off his barrel, and if he can continue to make adjustments he might develop into a heart-of-the-order slugger with lots of doubles and 25 home runs a year.

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  • Rated Best Power Hitter in the Cincinnati Reds in 2012

Career Transactions

  • Puerto Rico activated 1B Neftali Soto.
  • Puerto Rico activated 1B Neftali Soto.

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