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Isael Soto

Born: 11/02/1996 (Age: 18)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 190
Primary Position: RF
Small and sturdy frame; muscled and sturdy core; frame is mostly maxed.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 04/12/2015
Dates Seen 4/9/15 - 4/12/15
Affiliate Greensboro Grasshoppers (Low A, Marlins)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2018 High 55 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 55 Simple swing; above-average bat speed; quick hands; demonstrates barrel control and ability to spray ball to all fields during batting practice; mild leverage in swing; minimal movement with top half; slightly wide stance; uses a small toe tap on load; shows signs of ability to recognize spin; able to keep body balanced and stay back on secondary offerings; pulls off some and steps in the bucket; mostly happened on pitches right down the middle that he was trying to crush; still marinating the tools together but the early signs are positive
Power 50 Above-average raw power; physical strength + above-average bat speed + mild leverage + barrel control equals all the ingredients needed for him to maximize some of the raw power; power demonstrated this weekend was mostly pull.
Baserunning/Speed 30 4.50 home to first; slow getting out of the box; speed plays up more in the outfield and on the bases; lacks burst.
Glove 50 Aggressive; needs to tone it down some; routes were acceptable and he displayed good range once he was able to get up to speed; displayed a good pivot and throw on the line; footwork needs refinement to become more consistent.
Arm 50 Above-average arm strength but mostly a loose cannon at this stage of development; throws were wild throughout the weekend, throwing a few right into the ground; accuracy concerns hinder overall value.

Soto is a Dominican who signed in 2013 for $300,000. The early signs are positive, with him showing an advanced feel for the barrel in his early time with Greensboro. Soto fit right in, and didn't look overmatched at any point during the series. Soto likely has a maxed frame unless there is a growth spurt. Soto is a better athlete than the speed indicates, and shouldn't be an issue in the corner OF. The risk is high solely on his age and affiliate, but I envision a quick mover due to the advanced skills of the bat.

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