While I've been following Pitt's baseball program pretty closely over the past couple of seasons, I haven't quite found the time to check in one the many players on minor league rosters all that much.
The athletics department had a nice bit of information out there recently on former Pitt catcher, Elvin Soto. Soto is still stuck in Low A ball in his second year, but he made the All-Star Game this season in the Northwest League as a member of the Hillsboro Hops (Arizona Diamondbacks system).
Soto's stats are relatively minor by comparison. Through 35 games this season, he has only one home run and is batting a modest .261. That batting average, though, is still good for third on the team and 26th in the league. He has four triples, which are second most in the league. Defensively, he is throwing out a solid 31% of runners attempting to steal and has only one error.
Soto isn't putting up monster numbers, but he has improved significantly over his rookie year last season. In 2013, the former Pitt catcher batted only .209 and had a weak OPS of .589 to go along with a meager seven RBI. In fewer at bats this year, he's already more than doubled his RBI total (17), has more extra base hits, and more runs.
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