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Neftali Soto

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Neftali Soto
Name: Neftali O. Soto
Born: Feb 28, 1989 in Manati, Puerto Rico
High School: Colegio Marista HS, Manati, P.R.
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 210 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Career4,234.278.328.446143
Drafted in the 3rd round (109th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds in 2007 (signed for $279,000)
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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