Gregory Soto Detroit Tigers

Age: 26 (February 11, 1995) | 6' 1" | 240lbs. | Throws: Left Minors: p-10
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
DET A 2017 10 1 0 0 18 18 96.0 70 3 54 116 2.25 1.29 1.06 5.1 10.9 .302 n/a
DET A+ 2017 2 1 0 0 5 5 28.0 27 1 11 28 2.25 1.36 1.21 3.5 9.0 .338 n/a
DET A+ 2018 8 8 0 0 25 23 113.1 101 4 70 115 4.45 1.51 1.25 5.6 9.1 .322 n/a
DET A+ 2019 0 0 0 0 1 1 4.0 4 0 2 5 6.75 1.50 1.25 4.5 11.2 .389 n/a
DET AA 2019 0 1 0 0 3 3 13.1 10 2 4 12 2.02 1.05 1.12 2.7 8.1 .238 n/a
DET AAA 2019 0 3 0 0 6 5 23.1 25 2 13 30 6.94 1.63 1.48 5.0 11.6 .391 n/a
DET AL 2020 0 1 2 4 27 0 23.0 16 2 13 29 4.30 1.26 1.11 5.1 11.3 .281 54/20/26 3 5
DET AL 2021 4 1 11 7 42 0 40.0 30 3 22 48 2.70 1.30 1.14 5.0 10.8 .294 47/17/36 14 9
Career 2yrs 4 2 13 11 69 0 63.0 46 5 35 77 3.29 1.29 1.13 5.0 11.0 .289 n/a
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Closer Monkey:

Detroit Tigers — The Tigers have opened the second half of the season on a five-game win streak, with Gregory Soto earning a pair of saves in that stretch, including his ninth of the year on Tuesday. Soto has the team’s last three saves and if he locks down the next one he should lose the asterisk.

Hierarchy remains: *Soto | Cisnero | Funkhouser.
* = closer-by-committee

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Gregory Soto (P) DET - Mar. 19

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=766118

Soto averaged 99.5 mph on his fastball in Friday's Grapefruit League appearance and hit 100.9, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Soto was overpowering in his clean inning of work against the Blue Jays, tossing 13 pitches (eight for strikes) and striking out one. Manager A.J. Hinch said the lefty was "really in control of his inning," and Soto looks like the frontrunner for the closer role in Detroit at this point.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 20
Percentiles: FBv 96 FBs 82 CBs - Barrel 66 EV 6 xSLG 89 xERA 66
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 15

Picked him up early in the second round of the reserve draft ... Al Melchior quickly took Joe Jimenez right after me.

Of course, I'd been mulling Jimenez as well.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Mar 1

Not even rostered in CBS. Bryan Garcia fetched $2.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 28

Gregory Soto (P) DET - Feb. 17

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=763048

Soto has yet to arrive at spring training due to travel issues, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Soto is the likely favorite to begin the 2021 season as the Tigers' closer, but he isn't present for the start of camp due to travel issues. It's not yet clear when he'll arrive, but he'll attempt to work on his control heading into the regular season after posting a 13.3 BB% last year. The southpaw worked on his slider during the offseason and hopes to throw it more in 2021 after it was quite effective last season.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 18

He'll be an "AP sleeper" based partly on his slider, even more on is G/L/F.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 30

Gregory Soto (P) DET - Jan. 29

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=762567

Soto spent much of his winter ball campaign working on his slider, with the intent on throwing it more this season, Evan Petzold of The Detroit Free Press reports. "I wanted to be comfortable and have trust to throw it in any corner of the plate or any pitch count or any situation of the game," Soto said. "I worked very hard on that. I want to keep myself aware that I can use the slider anytime I want. ... My slider, I consider it very good. It's just a matter of confidence and trust."

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Soto is part of the Tigers' late-inning mix. He got off to a great start to the season but really struggled in September. That slider was nearly untouchable last season - he allowed just one hit when throwing it 80 times. Alas, he couldn't always throw it for strikes, and overall he had a 13.3 BB%, which is poor for a potential closer.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 30
Fangraphs: FB 80% FBv 97.3 EV 91.3 HardHit 35% HR/FB 14% LD%+ 95 FIP 3.76
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Dec 16 '20