April 28 Farm Report: Soto Adding Offense to Reputation of Defense
Veteran minor-league infielder Elliot Soto has a reputation for his defensive abilities. In his first two games with Triple-A Albuquerque, Soto has shown offensive ability, too.
Soto, signed to a minor-league contract in mid-March and activated by the Isotopes last week, is 4-for-7 in his first two games.
Soto was a 15th-round draft choice of the Cubs out of Creighton in June of 2010. While he has primarily played in the Cubs system, he spent the second half of the 2015 season and all of 2016 in the Marlins system before re-signing with the Cubs for the 2017 season.
Soto became a free agent last December, and eventually signed with the Rockies. He has primarily been a shortstop, but also has experience at second base and third base.
In Friday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (8-14) lost 11-9 to Las Vegas, leaving it with 12 losses in its last 15 games. Daniel Castro became the fifth player in Isotopes history to have a hitting streak of at least 20 games. Soto was 3-for-5 and scored three runs, and Ramiel Tapia was 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI.
AA Hartford (11-9) won 5-4 at Richmond, extending its winning streak to seven games and moving into a second-place tie with Trenton in the Western Division of the Eastern League. Dom Nunez, who drove in a run in the first inning, doubled to score Yonathan Daza to provide the game-winning run in the top of the ninth. Matt Pierpont lowered his ERA to 1.93 and earned his Eastern League-leading seventh save.
High A Lancaster (11-11) lost 14-9 to Rancho Cucamonga, remaining in a tie with Rancho Cucamonga for first-place in the Cal League Southern Division. The Jet Hawks pitching staff registered 17 strikeouts in the loss, including 10 by starter Matt Dennis (1-4). Manny Melendez was 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI, extending his hitting streak to six games. Max George hit a home run for the third game in a row.
A Asheville (6-14) won 3-2 against Greensboro, claiming back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Shael Mendoza was in the middle of the offense, driving in two runs and scoring the third on a Casey Golden single in the three-run third inning. Garrett Schilling (2-1) went six innings and lowered his ERA to 2.25.