Originally Posted by Kc61
No idea, but I said weeks ago, when Ludwick got hurt, that Soto should move to LF. I'm sure he's slow and won't have range, but I still think he should play some games there.
Soto might have been a really good candidate to platoon with XPaul in LF for the Reds while Ludwick is out. But it doesn't look like the Red are going there.
I'm sensing that Soto is near ready to hit in the big leagues.
Soto has power and potentially could be a serious major league hitter. I wonder if the Reds agree with this.
The Reds do not have a potent righty bat off the bench. Soto could be that too. Excited about his hitting this year, especially given his promise earlier in his minor league career.
Soto's defense is probably the reason they went with Lutz and seem to favor him (though Lutz isn't all the hot with the glove). Soto just doesn't seem like he can reasonably play anywhere besides 1B. He's got 153 games at 3B in the low minors with a fielding % below .900. That makes EdE look like Brooks Robinson. He's only had one appearance in the OF. He was a terrible SS early and even took a shot at catching. I'm not a guy who thinks defense in LF is the most important thing, but I'd give Mesoraco a shot out there (when Hanigan returns) before trying Soto. It's a shame. Soto is starting to look like his bat will be ready soon. Perhaps he's the guy to deal to an AL team in a package.
In the meantime, I'd play him in the OF as you suggest or let him get as many reps at 3B as possible with the idea of Frazier getting some time in LF against LHP. I don't think it's going to be pretty wherever he plays which is why I don't think he'll get the shot that his bat may suggest he deserves. When do the Reds play in an AL city? He may be the guy to DH in those games.