- - Monday, April 23, 2018

Minor league outfielder Juan Soto, the No. 2 prospect in the Nationals farm system according to MLB.com, was promoted on Monday from the low Single-A Hagerstown (Maryland) Suns of the South Atlantic League to high Single-A Potomac of the Carolina League.

Soto, 19, a lefty swinger from the Dominican Republic, was tearing up the South Atlantic League. He was hitting .373 in 16 games and leading the league in RBIs (24), extra-base hits (13), slugging (.814) and on-base average (.486).

Last week he was named the South Atlantic League player of the week. Soto was asked last week about a possible promotion from Hagerstown, where he was living with a host family and with three teammates.

“I just want to do my job. They make the decisions,” he said of the Nationals in an interview with The Washington Times. “I just keep playing hard.”

Soto was listed as the No. 2 prospect in the Washington system behind fellow outfielder Victor Robles, who was injured when he dove for a ball earlier this month while with Triple-A Syracuse of the International League. Robles is expected to return this year, Washington general manager Mike Rizzo told 106.7 The Fan last week.

The Potomac Nationals begin a series Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware, against an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Nationals farm team plays its home games in Woodbridge, Virginia.


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