by: Jon Davis
#16 Neftali Soto 1B
At No. 16, we find Neftali Soto. Soto is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound first baseman, who was drafted by the Reds in the third round of the 2007 draft out of Puerto Rico. In 2011, he led the Double-A Southern League with 30 homers, despite missing a month with a broken bone in his left wrist. In 2012, in a full year at Triple A he struggled, hitting .245 with a .313 on base and a .400 slugging to go along with his 14 homers. The only improvement Soto made at the plate was that the one area he most needed to work on, plate discipline. In 2012, his walk rate went up to 8 percent while his strikeout rate went down to 22.7 percent. He will still need to make some strides in this department, but '12 seemed like a step in the right direction.
Soto's value comes almost exclusively from his bat, as he is a below-average runner and an average defender at best. Despite being drafted as a shortstop, his defense (or...