Neftali Soto had two hits in a Louisville Bats win on Thursday night.
Neftali Soto had a big week for the Louisville Bats over the last 8 days.
Neftali Soto made an appearance late in the Reds game at Philadelphia for his MLB debut. The plan is for him to stay with the Reds for the remainder of the weekend before Johnny Cueto comes off the DL Monday to take his spot on the active roster. Tony Cingrani did a good job replacing Cueto for six turns through the rotation and will return to Louisville to continue developing as a starter.
The Cincinnati Reds cut 5 more players from their roster over the weekend, getting their total roster count down to 39.
Optioned to Triple-A Louisville were right-handed pitchers Pedro Villarreal and Curtis Partch, infielder Henry Rodriguez and first baseman Neftali Soto. Outfielder/first baseman Donald Lutz was optioned to Double-A Pensacola.
Lutz, Rodriguez, and Soto all impressed...
SALT RIVER AT TALKING STICK, AZ. Neftali Soto probably sees Joey Votto in his dreams and wonders, What am I going to do? Where am I going to play?Maybe he should change jobs. Soccer? Football? Roller blading?Soto, you see, is a first baseman in the Cincinnati Reds organization, a doggone good one, a top prospect.But the Reds have a first baseman, a guy who is signed for the next...
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#16 Donald Lutz 1B
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Next on the list we have Donald Lutz, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound first baseman, who was a non-drafted free agent, signed in July of 2007 out of Germany. He was born in New York, but raised in Germany and still retains dual citizenship. He is "a flip flopper", just like No. 11 Ryan LaMarre...
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20. Neftali Soto – 1B – 23 Years Old – AAA
Acquired: 3rd Round, 2007 Draft
The Good: Soto has above-average to plus raw power and has shown above-average in game power at times in his career.
Needs to work on: Plate discipline. While he improved his Strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2012, he is still very aggressive at...
Soto had a big Bats blast.
Louisville 7 Lehigh Valley 3
-It was back-to-back wins for the Bats (15-30) as Pedro Villarreal (2-0) allowed just two earned runs in his 6.2 innings for the win. Jordan Smith got the save (3) tossing 1.1 scoreless innings.
-2B Willie Harris had two hits with a double and two RBI. 3B Chris Valaika added a double and an RBI as well. The big moment...
-"I’ve had a couple of spring training slow starts. I think this is just one of them. Hopefully, a couple days and I’ll be able to get back into it full steam. I’m not concerned. Usually every spring training, there’s about a week, 10 days, where I’m just sitting around ready to pitch in a game, kind of wasting bullets." -Closer Ryan Madson on his sore elbow...