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OesterPoster
07-19-2007, 09:35 AM
Pick number 109 in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.

Neftali Soto

Born: 02/28/1989
Birthplace: Manati, CA
High School: Colegio Marista HS, Manati, P.R.
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 180
Bats: R
Throws: R

Originally signed to play for Oklahoma State University.

Excerpts from the Draft Scouting Report on MILB.com:

Hitting Ability: Soto has a good set of hitting tools and grades out as an average hitter right now.

Power: Soto has plus raw power projection.

Physical Description: Soto is an athletic infielder with a body type similar to Mike Lowell.

Strengths: He's got a good overall package of tools, with power projection being the best one.

Weaknesses: He doesn't have the defensive game to stay at shortstop.

Summary: Soto has an intriguing package of tools that includes raw power and above-average speed. Currently a shortstop, he doesn't profile as a guy who'll be able to stay there, particularly range-wise. That's OK, because his offensive skill set fits better at third. He should hit enough for the position and could develop into a No. 5 or 6 hitter in a big-league lineup.

GCL Reds 2007 Season Statistics
AVG: .357
GAMES: 21
AB: 84
RUNS: 16
HITS: 30
2B: 6
3B: 2
HR: 2
RBI: 16
BB: 6
SO: 13
SB: 0
OBP: .396
OPS: .943

Video clip of Soto in the 2006 Power Showcase Home Run Derby:
http://www.power-showcase.com/old/hosts/Finals_movies/Soto%20Web.wmv

Mario-Rijo
07-19-2007, 05:41 PM
Nice clip OP, the kid looks like he might be the steal of the draft. Smooth and Strong is a great combination. :thumbup:

Chi-Town Red
07-19-2007, 10:01 PM
now his stats are what all our prospects should look like...hope he can keep it up

texasdave
07-20-2007, 02:44 PM
It is still early, but this kid is putting up numbers that would make Jay Bruce jealous. Ok maybe not jealous, but they are still pretty sweet indeed. Since Soto is younger than the league average and is outperforming league average by so much, I would venture to say that if he keeps up this pace he will rank in the top 20 of all minor league hitters for 2007. This is according to a system of ranking minor league hitters by Tony Blengino that I stumbled across. After the season I am going to use his system to see how Reds' prospects rank. His top ten lists seem pretty dead on. Here is a link if anyone is interested. http://www.johnbenson.com/stars.html
You have to scroll about halfway down until you see the article entitled, 'Relative Production Potential'.



NAME AGE AB BA OBP SLG OPS XBH BB K
BRUCE 18 122 0.270 0.331 0.500 0.831 16 11 31
SOTO 18 87 0.345 0.389 0.529 0.918 10 6 14

dougdirt
07-20-2007, 04:09 PM
Bruce was under the 'take the first pitch' thing in his 18 year old season. Still hit pretty well.

texasdave
07-20-2007, 08:25 PM
Bruce was under the 'take the first pitch' thing in his 18 year old season. Still hit pretty well.

You are absolutely correct. But those are still some pretty salty numbers being posted by Neftali. :beerme:

dougdirt
07-20-2007, 11:22 PM
You are absolutely correct. But those are still some pretty salty numbers being posted by Neftali. :beerme:

No doubt. Soto was said to be the best bat on PR all year and it looks to be true to this point.

OesterPoster
07-30-2007, 02:22 PM
Neftali has cooled a tiny bit, but he's still sitting at .342 on the season with an OPS of .907.

More recently, hitting .297 in the past 10 games. Included in that 10 game stretch: 1 double, 2 triples, 8 RBI, 2 BBs, and 8 K's.

lollipopcurve
07-30-2007, 03:12 PM
The kid looks to have some legit juice in his swing -- nice video clip, OesterPoster.

Chi-Town Red
07-30-2007, 05:49 PM
another prospect to watch the next couple years

camisadelgolf
07-31-2007, 11:54 AM
For some reason, he reminds me a little bit of Nomar Garciaparra.

bucksfan2
07-31-2007, 02:29 PM
I remember watching his clip when he was drafted and saying "this guy has an impressive swing". He just looks so smooth when he takes a cut at the ball. Hopefully he makes his way to the bigs.

lollipopcurve
07-31-2007, 02:32 PM
For some reason, he reminds me a little bit of Nomar Garciaparra.

I see that a little bit -- Nomar in his power-hitting days.

OesterPoster
08-02-2007, 10:05 AM
Another hit for Neftali yesterday, brings his hitting streak to 6 games.

Screwball
08-02-2007, 02:59 PM
Soto's line through last night's game per fangraphs.com:

.342/.384/.521/.905 with 7 2B, 4 3B, and 2 HR

OesterPoster
08-15-2007, 01:15 PM
Soto has hit a brick wall in August. His average has plunged to .303, while hitting just .171 over his past 10 games. Included in those 10 games, 11 K's and 3 BB's.

He's still only 18 years old, so you'd expect some sort of slump in his first season. It'll be interesting to see how he responds over the last dozen or so games of the season.

GoReds33
08-15-2007, 09:01 PM
Man, this guy looks impressive. I would like to see the organization take it slow on him, with a full year at A ball next year. After that he could be on the fast track to the bigs. Good luck!!!

dougdirt
08-15-2007, 09:15 PM
Man, this guy looks impressive. I would like to see the organization take it slow on him, with a full year at A ball next year. After that he could be on the fast track to the bigs. Good luck!!!

Thats how most teams do it. Full season the first year, then you go as your play dictates.

lollipopcurve
06-22-2008, 11:32 AM
Bump

the clip of him in a HR derby is here -- fast bat, good leverage