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    It's time to call-up Neftali Soto IMO. The Reds play 6 games in AL parks and need a DH. The team needs some RH Pop. Votto needs rest and could DH while a Soto/Hannahan tandem shares 1B for a week. Soto is up to .291/.327/.453/.781 with 9 HR in 258 Abs. Against LHP he sits at .312/.361/.623/.985 with 6 HR in 77 ABs. Here is the missing lefty killer the team needs. He doesn't walk much, but he's got pop and has been playing some 3B as well to add a little positional value. Over his last 10 games .400/.415/.675/1.090 in 40 ABs.

    Given his positions, he may not be the best use of a bench spot all season, but over the next 6 games with the DH involved, his current hot streak and his ability against LHP, he'd be really darned useful IMO.
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    Re: Neftali Soto

    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    It's time to call-up Neftali Soto IMO. The Reds play 6 games in AL parks and need a DH. The team needs some RH Pop. Votto needs rest and could DH while a Soto/Hannahan tandem shares 1B for a week. Soto is up to .291/.327/.453/.781 with 9 HR in 258 Abs. Against LHP he sits at .312/.361/.623/.985 with 6 HR in 77 ABs. Here is the missing lefty killer the team needs. He doesn't walk much, but he's got pop and has been playing some 3B as well to add a little positional value. Over his last 10 games .400/.415/.675/1.090 in 40 ABs.

    Given his positions, he may not be the best use of a bench spot all season, but over the next 6 games with the DH involved, his current hot streak and his ability against LHP, he'd be really darned useful IMO.
    Good idea, but only way it happens is if Reds use 11 pitchers in AL parks.

    Reds will add Heisey so it seems doubtful they will also add Soto now. I would have added Soto over Lutz previously, but his limited defensive versatility hurt Soto in that situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    It's time to call-up Neftali Soto IMO. The Reds play 6 games in AL parks and need a DH. The team needs some RH Pop. Votto needs rest and could DH while a Soto/Hannahan tandem shares 1B for a week. Soto is up to .291/.327/.453/.781 with 9 HR in 258 Abs. Against LHP he sits at .312/.361/.623/.985 with 6 HR in 77 ABs. Here is the missing lefty killer the team needs. He doesn't walk much, but he's got pop and has been playing some 3B as well to add a little positional value. Over his last 10 games .400/.415/.675/1.090 in 40 ABs.

    Given his positions, he may not be the best use of a bench spot all season, but over the next 6 games with the DH involved, his current hot streak and his ability against LHP, he'd be really darned useful IMO.
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    Would love to see Soto get some more MLB at bats, but I think there's zero chance of that happening right now. Heisey will get the call and the ABs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    Good idea, but only way it happens is if Reds use 11 pitchers in AL parks.

    Reds will add Heisey so it seems doubtful they will also add Soto now. I would have added Soto over Lutz previously, but his limited defensive versatility hurt Soto in that situation.
    11 pitchers in AL parks w/o the need to PH for the pitcher is pretty doable IMO. If they get into a long game or a starter gets blown-out and they use up the pen, they can always abandon the idea and go back to 12. The REds starters usually go deep in games.

    Lutz and Partch down. Heisey and Soto up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    11 pitchers in AL parks w/o the need to PH for the pitcher is pretty doable IMO. If they get into a long game or a starter gets blown-out and they use up the pen, they can always abandon the idea and go back to 12. The REds starters usually go deep in games.

    Lutz and Partch down. Heisey and Soto up.
    Especially with an off day on Thursday as well. But, it isn't going to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Especially with an off day on Thursday as well. But, it isn't going to happen.
    I didn't even realize they had another off day on Thursday. So I guess it's only 5 games with a DH. Still would have done it.
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    Bumping this to the top.
    Is it just me, or does Soto seem totally lost at the plate at the ML level?
    I guess he's young enough to keep in AAA a few more years, but unless he learns how to play great 3b (like Frazier/Hannahan level defense), I don't think he's going to make it. Even with good defense, not sure he'll be able to hit well enough to be a backup infielder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by REDREAD View Post
    Bumping this to the top.
    Is it just me, or does Soto seem totally lost at the plate at the ML level?
    I guess he's young enough to keep in AAA a few more years, but unless he learns how to play great 3b (like Frazier/Hannahan level defense), I don't think he's going to make it. Even with good defense, not sure he'll be able to hit well enough to be a backup infielder.
    Its not you at all..I personally dont see him as ever being an every day MLB player

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    The couple times I saw him it looked like he was told to swing really hard three times and see what happens. I don't know if that indicates his true skill or if he's just trying to make a splash.

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    I really hope it's just jitters from trying to make a big impression. Otherwise he looks really bad up there.

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    Willie Mays was 0-12 and 1-26 to start his career. Just saying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    Willie Mays was 0-12 and 1-26 to start his career. Just saying.
    Senator, Neftali Soto is no Willie Mays
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benihana View Post
    Senator, Neftali Soto is no Willie Mays
    Although it's obvious that 757690 was saying Soto is better than Mays, I think it's premature to say that Soto isn't the next Willie Mays. Soto's so much better right now than Mays ever was, and it's not even close. Only time will tell if he can keep it up.

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