We all need to take note of what has happened with Soto. Many times throughout the year in the minor league reports, Soto was given props for his hitting. Myself and others said this guy deserves a chance over the non-hitting Bowen. Toward the end of the season many posters were marveling how our AAA catcher was leading the PCL in almost every hitting category. He was heads on favorite to be the PCL player of the year. Then there were the rest of you naysayers.
Posts like......."AAA pitching must be bad.....Cedeno hits in Des Moines and not here we can't trust his stats.....Pie tears up AAA pitching but can't hit here these guys have inflated stats.....we can't trust any stats out of Des Moines......"
What we should have learned is to treat each player as an individual and to ignore what every OTHER player did at AAA because this is not a one size fits all game. Soto should have had a half season under his belt with the big club instead of Bowen's 40 games and Hill's 36. He appears to handle the staff well. He is hitting for average and power. Lou's last quote was, "We need some more power on the bottom of our order and he's it". Last night on the radio (I was blacked out on TV of course) Cory Provost had talked to Kendall and asked if Soto and he talk a lot, if he asks questions. The answer of course was a big yes.
Here's the question to debate. Soto's .387 AVE, .710 SLG and better at throwing out runners or Kendall's experience, leadership and pretty fair bat for average. This is going to be something Lou is going to have to decide. While I think Soto should have had more AB's in Chicago, I don't know with his experience if he is the one if the NL Central is on the line. Have at it!