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Nefi Soto (Jeff Horten/Intl. High School Home Run Derby)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Neftali Soto
School:Colegio Maristas HS, PR
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:180 lbs.
Report Date(s):05/8/07
Game(s):Puerto Rico pre-draft workout
Scouting Video:

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Soto has a good set of hitting tools and grades out as an average hitter right now.
Power:Soto has plus raw power projection.
Running Speed:Soto's speed grades out as slightly above-average.
Fielding:He has long actions in the field and might need to move to shortstop.
Arm Strength:Soto has an average arm.
Range:Despite having good speed, he doesn't have the first-step quickness to have the range needed to stay at shortstop.
Physical Description:Soto is an athletic infielder with a body type similar to Mike Lowell.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:He's got a good overall package of tools, with power projection being the best one.
Weaknesses:He doesn't have the defensive game to stay at shortstop.
Summary:Soto has an intriguing package of tools that includes raw power and above-average speed. Currently a shortstop, he doesn't profile as a guy who'll be able to stay there, particularly range-wise. That's OK, because his offensive skill set fits better at third. He should hit enough for the position and could develop into a No. 5 or 6 hitter in a big-league lineup.