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Neftali Soto | First Baseman

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/28/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 214
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Reds sent 1B Neftali Soto outright to Triple-A Louisville.
The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Soto, 25, appeared in 21 games with the Reds this season and hit .302/.350/.406 with two home runs and 34 RBI over 75 games in Triple-A. Oct 29 - 9:45 AM

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Reds optioned 1B Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville.

Soto was hitless in two pitch-hitting appearances during his recent stint with the big club. Skip Schumaker was activated from the DL to take his spot.
Jul 20 - 12:22 PM

Reds recalled 1B Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville.

The 25-year-old slugger has struggled during his brief time with the Reds this season, going 3-for-28 (.107) with seven strikeouts. He figures to see some starts at first base while Joey Votto (quad) is out.
Jul 12 - 3:47 PM

Reds optioned 1B Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville.

Soto managed just three hits in 28 at-bats with the Reds and is getting sent down even after Joey Votto (quad) landed on the DL. The 25-year-old figures to return later this season.
May 23 - 2:36 PM

Neftali Soto will be used as a catcher in spring training with the Reds.

Soto caught 10 games in A-ball back in 2010, but that's the extent of his pro catching experience. He's since bounced around between third and first base but has never really found a home defensively. It might be a long shot that the soon-to-be 25-year-old will work out behind the plate, but his bat would be intriguing if the conversion is successful. Soto hit .271/.313/.414 with 15 homers last season and slugged 31 bombs back in 2011.
Feb 14 - 11:17 AM

Reds recalled 1B Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville.

Soto had two stints with the big-league Reds earlier this season. He will serve as depth for their bench.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 10:53:00 AM

Reds optioned 1B Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville.

Soto struck out in his only two at-bats in his few days with the club. The Reds need to make a roster move in order to add Greg Reynolds.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:58:00 PM

Reds recalled 1B Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville.

Soto logged one plate appearance for the Reds back in May and owns a .278/.319/.428 batting line over 84 games this season in Triple-A. The 24-year-old will function as a right-handed bat off the bench.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 04:07:00 PM

Reds optioned 1B Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville.

Soto was up in the majors for only a couple of days and saw just one plate appearance. He did not register a hit.
Mon, May 20, 2013 03:44:00 PM

Reds recalled 1B Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville.

Soto, 24, has shown good power potential over his seven-year minor league career and will provide corner infield depth. He was batting .269/.310/.388 with three home runs in 33 games at the Triple-A level.
Sat, May 18, 2013 01:23:00 PM

Reds optioned 1B Neftali Soto, RHP Curtis Partch, IF Henry Rodriguez, and RHP Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A Louisville.

No surprises here. With Joey Votto's injury history, it's possible that we'll see Soto in Cincinnati at some point in 2013. The Reds have also optioned 1B/OF Donald Lutz to Double-A Pensacola.
Sat, Mar 16, 2013 01:58:00 PM

The Reds are considering moving Neftali Soto back to third base.

Soto began his professional career as a third baseman and shortstop but was eventually moved to first base when it looked like he couldn't hack it defensively. However, with Joey Votto entrenched at first, the Reds might give Soto another look at the hot corner. "They're talking about it, because he came up a third baseman, then really improved as a first baseman," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Those two positions are mirror images, plus he has a good throwing arm. So, he could play third base."
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 11:07:00 PM

Neftali Soto went 4-for-4 in the Reds Cactus League opener, a loss to the Indians.

Soto also drove in two runs for the losing squad. The 23-year-old has played primarily at first base for the Reds' minor league affiliates since being selected in the third round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft. With Todd Frazier taking over full-time duties at third base and Joey Votto's injury history, it's not impossible that we'll see Soto in Cincinnati at some point in 2013. It just won't likely be in April.
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 07:00:00 PM

Reds optioned 1Bs Neftali Soto and Donald Lutz, SSs Kristopher Negron and Didi Gregorius, 2B Henry Rodriguez and RHPs Josh Judy, Pedro Villarreal and Kyle Lotzkar to Triple-A Louisville.

Soto and Gregorius are the highest profile names on this list, but neither had a real chance to make the club. Gregorius hasn't played above Double-A, and Soto, who belted 31 homers in just 379 at-bats between Double- and Triple-A last season, is stuck behind Joey Votto.
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 02:06:00 PM

Reds purchased the contract of INF Neftali Soto from Triple-A Louisville.

Soto has great raw power, which he showcased with a .278/.333/.576 batting line with 31 homers over 379 at-bats between Double- and Triple-A this season. After several position switches, he's primarily a first baseman now, which is bad news given the organization he's in.
Fri, Nov 18, 2011 03:44:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
1B1Joey Votto
2Donald Lutz
2B1Brandon Phillips
SS1Zack Cozart
2Eugenio Suarez
3B1Todd Frazier
2Kristopher Negron
LF1Brennan Boesch
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
2Yorman Rodriguez
3Kyle Waldrop
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Homer Bailey
3Mike Leake
4Tony Cingrani
5Anthony DeSclafani
6Dylan Axelrod
7David Holmberg
8Raisel Iglesias
9Amir Garrett
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Manny Parra
3Sam LeCure
4Jumbo Diaz
5Sean Marshall
6Pedro Villarreal
7JJ Hoover
8Carlos Contreras
9Ryan Dennick
10Daniel Corcino
11Jose Mijares