Neftali Soto named International League Batter of the Week

By Syracuse Chiefs | August 8, 2017 2:27 PM

The Syracuse Chiefs are pleased to announce that infielder Neftali Soto has been named the International League's Batter of the Week for the period from July 30-August 6. Soto is the first Chiefs' player to be honored since Trea Turner (last April 11-17).

It was a history-making week for Soto, who hit .444 and led the International League with twelve hits, four home runs, ten RBIs, and 25 total bases. On Tuesday he became the fifteenth player in Syracuse franchise history to homer three times in a game (first time in his career as well) as he drove in six runs in the Chiefs' 10-2 romp at Pawtucket. He narrowly missed a fourth home run in the eighth inning, sending one to the warning track in center field. Soto eventually did connect for his tenth home run as a Chief two days later. He is hitting .306 since being promoted from Double-A Harrisburg in late-June.

28-year-old Neftali Soto is in his second season with the Nationals since signing as a free agent. The former 3rd-round draft pick of the Reds has seen time in the International League each year since 2011 and is a veteran of 34 games at the big league level with Cincinnati. Soto is a native of Manati, Puerto Rico.

Soto and the Chiefs begin an eight-game, seven day road trip against the Toledo Mud Hens and Indianapolis Indians starting Monday night with a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader at Toledo. The Chiefs return home Tuesday, August 15th to open up a six-game homestand with the Durham Bulls and Indianapolis Indians.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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