No. 7 NEFTALI SOTO, 1B/3B/C, REDS
Team: high Class A Lynchburg (Carolina)
Why He's Here: .433/.867/.433 (13-for-30), 8 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBIs, 0 BB, 4 SO
The Scoop: If not for a late spring-training trade that saw third baseman Brandon Waring shipped to the Orioles, Soto would have started the 2009 season in the Midwest League. But Waring's departure meant that Soto moved up a level, which left him over his head. He batted just .248/.282/.362 for high Class A Sarasota. The Reds offseason decision to have Soto try catching made the decision to send him back to high Class A this season even easier. So far, it's going quite well. Soto isn't exactly a polished backstop yet, but he is making progress, and he's showing the power that the Reds always expected—he's hit five home runs in the past 10 games after hitting 11 all of last year.