Soto was not used in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Mariners, with Jose Cisnero getting the save instead.
Cisnero has now closed out the last two Detroit wins, suggesting that he's overtaken Soto for the closer role. The latter has pitched decently with a 3.09 ERA, though his 1.63 WHIP and 4.12 FIP suggest some regression is due. While Cisnero is on the upswing now, it's also quite possible that manager A.J. Hinch mixes and matches with both pitchers when save opportunities arise. Michael Fulmer (shoulder) is also second on the team with four saves and figures to factor into the equation when he's able to return from the injured list. As a result, none of the three pitchers looks likely to seize the role outright, at least in the short term.
Soto pitched a scoreless eighth inning and recorded a hold in Saturday's 4-3 win over the White Sox. He struck out two.
Detroit manager A.J. Hinch decided to use Soto in the eighth inning and then Jose Cisnero for his first MLB save in the ninth. Soto leads the team with five saves and has a solid 3.09 ERA, so this was likely more of a situational decision than a full-on switch at closer for the Tigers. Still, with Soto being Detroit's best left-handed reliever, Hinch will likely continue using him in important late-game spots, and those might not always come in the ninth inning.
Soto worked around a walk to pitch a scoreless ninth inning and earn the save in Wednesday's win over the Indians. He struck out one.
The save was only the fifth of the season for Soto, which isn't too surprising given Detroit's 19-30 record. Michael Fulmer, who pitched the eighth inning and earned the win in this one, has also emerged as a solid bullpen option and has recorded four saves to date. Soto should continue to see most of the save chances for the Tigers, but don't expect that volume to be particularly high.
Soto worked around a walk to pitch a scoreless ninth inning and earn the save in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Royals. He struck out one.
Soto started the top of the ninth inning by walking Jorge Soler but then quickly settled down and retired the next three Kansas City hitters. The lefty has four saves in four chances this season to go with a solid 2.87 ERA and 18 strikeouts across 15.2 innings. He should remain a serviceable fantasy asset, though the 12-24 Tigers aren't likely to give him too many save opportunities moving forward.
Soto (2-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits across 1.1 innings but was able to earn the win in extra innings Wednesday against the Red Sox. He walked two and struck out two.
Soto worked the bottom of the ninth inning in a 3-3 game and escaped without allowing a run despite loading the bases. Manager A.J. Hinch decided to trot Soto back out there after the Tigers scored three times in the top of the 10th, but the lefty got the hook after allowing two of the first three batters to reach. Michael Fulmer then came on and secured his first MLB save, giving Soto his second win of the season. It wasn't the smoothest appearance for the 26-year-old, though he does still have a solid 3.46 ERA and should continue to see the bulk of the save opportunities in Detroit.
Soto pitched a clean ninth inning to earn the save in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.
For the second straight appearance, Soto pitched a full inning without striking anyone out, but fantasy managers won't complain about his third save in as many opportunities. The lefty does have 11 strikeouts across 10.2 innings this season and he fanned 29 in 23 innings last year, so he'll likely start racking up the K's again in short order. Soto should also continue to see the bulk of the save opportunities in Detroit, though with the team sitting at 8-16, he might not get a ton of leads to protect.
Soto pitched a clean seventh inning with two strikeouts to earn the save in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Pirates.
Soto took a tough loss in his last appearance, allowing an unearned walkoff run, but he made sure to leave nothing to chance in this one as he nailed down his second save. The lefty simply overpowered the Pirates on just 11 pitches, and he now has 11 strikeouts this season in 8.1 innings pitched. Soto has the best pure stuff of any Detroit reliever, which should make him the favorite for save opportunities moving forward.
Soto (1-1) allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk to take the loss Sunday against the Athletics. He struck out two.
Tasked with keeping Oakland off the board in the bottom of the ninth in a 2-2 game, Soto started the frame with a strikeout. However, he gave up a one-out double to Matt Olson, who then scored the walkoff run on a fielding error by Jeimer Candelario at third base. The lefty reliever has been good for the Tigers with a 2.45 ERA through seven appearances, and he should see better results moving forward if he keeps pitching like this.
Soto (1-0) earned the win Tuesday against the Twins by allowing one hit with two strikeouts and zero walks over two scoreless innings.
The 26-year-old kept Minnesota off the board during the ninth and 10th innings amid a 3-3 tie, and he earned the victory when Detroit walked it off in the bottom of the 10th. Soto surrendered two runs while recording a save Opening Day, but he's provided three scoreless frames over his past two appearances.
Soto allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in the ninth inning to earn the save against Cleveland in Thursday's season opener.
Soto entered with a three-run lead, but he gave up a two-run homer with one out in the frame. He then issued a two-out walk to Ben Gamel, but Soto remained in the game and forced a flyout to secure the Opening Day save. Soto should serve as Detroit's primary closer to begin the regular season, but Bryan Garcia and Jose Cisnero could compete for save chances if he struggles.
Detroit manager A.J. Finch said Soto "very much has closer stuff," and he looks likely to assume the role to begin the season, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Soto has the best pure stuff of any Detroit reliever, and with Joe Jimenez demoted to Triple-A, it looks like the lefty will start the season as the Tigers' closer and could lock down the role long term if he's effective. Bryan Garcia and Jose Cisnero could also be in the mix for saves, but Soto has the most fantasy upside among that trio.
Soto averaged 99.5 mph on his fastball in Friday's Grapefruit League appearance and hit 100.9 mph, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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. He saved two games for the Tigers last season.
Soto has allowed one run across 2.2 innings so far in Grapefruit League action. He's walked three and struck out four.
Soto is walking too many batters in the early going, but he's also exhibiting his overpowering stuff with the four strikeouts. The lefty is likely the top option to close in Detroit, as he has greater strikeout potential than fellow reliever Bryan Garcia. However, no one in the Tigers' bullpen has really established themselves as a dominant closer, so it's possible that new manager A.J. Hinch mixes and matches for a bit, at least until someone stands out. Soto saved two games in three chances last season.
Soto resumed training with the Tigers on Wednesday after clearing COVID-19 intake protocols, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports.
Soto is among a slew of international Tigers players who was delayed by visa issues to begin spring training, but he's officially in the fold now. He missed about a week of workouts, but that shouldn't put him too far behind his fellow relievers leading up to Opening Day. After posting a 4.30 ERA and a 29:13 K:BB while notching two saves over his 27 appearances during the abbreviated 2020 campaign, Soto is one of multiple relievers competing for the Tigers' closing gig this spring.
Soto has arrived at camp but still has to clear intake protocols before joining his teammates, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
Travel issues slightly delayed Soto's arrival, as they have for a handful of other international players. He'll miss a bit more time due to health protocols but should still have time to ramp up for the start of the regular season.
Soto has yet to arrive at spring training due to travel issues, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
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.
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."
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.
Soto was charged with the blown save in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Twins. He allowed one run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch while failing to record an out.
This was on the heels of six straight scoreless appearances, a span during which Soto earned his first two career saves. Jose Cisnero cleaned up Soto's mess and now has a 1.37 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 22:6 K:BB. It would not be a surprise to see Cisnero grab hold of at least a partial share of the closer role and steal some saves from the hard-throwing lefty over the remainder over the season.
Soto allowed a hit but pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record the save in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Twins.
Soto now has saves in consecutive games for the Tigers, and he could lock down the closer's role more permanently with continued strong play. Joe Jimenez, who was recently removed as the closer, pitched in the seventh inning Sunday and has an 11.70 ERA this season. Buck Farmer pitched in the eighth and is another option for saves, as is Jose Cisnero, but Soto appears to be the primary candidate at the moment.
Soto worked around a hit and a walk to pitch a scoreless inning and record the save in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.
Soto got off to a rough start in the seventh inning, as he gave up a single to Nelson Cruz and then walked Eddie Rosario. However, the lefty reliever was able to induce a double play grounder from Miguel Sano and then struck out Marwin Gonzalez to end the game and record his first career MLB save. The Tigers recently removed the struggling Joe Jimenez from the closer's role, and Soto figures to receive more save opportunities moving forward, though righties Buck Farmer and Jose Cisnero should also be in the mix based on matchups.
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|06/13||vs CHW||L 1-4||1.0||1||0||1||0|
|06/10||vs SEA||W 8-3||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|06/09||vs SEA||L 6-9||1.1||0||0||0||2|
|06/05||@ CHW||W 4-3||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|06/04||@ CHW||L 8-9||0.1||0||0||1||0|
|06/01||@ MIL||W 10-7||1.0||1||1||1||2|
|05/31||@ MIL||L 2-3||1.0||1||0||0||1|
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|2017||AFX-West Michigan Whitec||96.0||18||18||0||10||1||0||116||54||70||2.25||1.292|
|2017||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||28.0||5||5||0||2||1||0||28||11||27||2.25||1.357|
|2018||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||113.1||25||23||0||8||8||0||115||70||101||4.46||1.512|
|2019||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||4.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||5||2||4||6.75||1.500|
|2019||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||23.1||6||5||0||0||3||0||30||13||25||7.01||1.645|