White Sox Deal for Neftali Soto…
The White Sox added another Soto to their organization on Monday when they completed a trade with the Cincinnati Reds for infielder Neftali Soto in exchange for cash. The South Siders already have catcher Geovany Soto in camp as a non-roster invitee.
Originally drafted by the Reds in the 3rd round of the 2007 draft, Neftali Soto, 26, has spent parts of eight seasons at the Minor League level. The Puerto Rican native made his Major League debut on May 18, 2013. He appeared in 13 games with the Reds in 2013 and 21 games for the team a year later.
Over the course of his eight-year Minor League career, Soto has compiled a .274 batting average with 179 doubles, 14 triples, 107 home runs, and 439 RBIs. The 6’1″ right-handed hitter spent the past four seasons playing in the International League with the Louisville Bats. In four years with the Bats, he compiled a .270 batting average with 32 home runs and 158 RBIs.
Last season in 75 games with the Bats, he hit .302 with 23 doubles, two home runs, and 34 games.
In eight games against the Knights last season with Louisville, Soto hit .250 (7-for-28) with three runs scored, three doubles, and seven RBIs.
Soto appeared in four games with the Reds this spring and hit .286 (2-for-7).