Pick number 109 in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.
Birthplace: Manati, CA
High School: Colegio Marista HS, Manati, P.R.
Height: 6' 2"
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
Video clip of Soto in the 2006 Power Showcase Home Run Derby: