The Oakland A's added some left-handed pitching depth on Wednesday, claiming southpaw Giovanni Soto off of waivers from the Chicago Cubs. Soto was designated for assignment on Tuesday when the Cubs activated Kyle Schwarber off of the 60-day disabled list so Schwarber could participate in the World Series.
http://www.scout.com/mlb/indians/story/1648994-2016-ibi-top-75-prospects... Soto actually has a rooting interest for both sides of this year's fall Classic. The native of Puerto Rico began his career with the Detroit Tigers' organization, but he was traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2010 and remained with the Tribe until April of this year, when he was traded to Chicago. Soto was ranked by our sister publication, IndiansBaseballInsider, as the Indians' 47th-best prospect coming into this season.
Soto is a 25-year-old southpaw who has done a mix of starting and relieving during his career. He was strictly used as a reliever this season with the Iowa Cubs. In 49 innings over 33 appearances, Soto had a 5.14 ERA and a 55:31 K:BB. Lefties hit .254 against him. He has historically been very effective versus left-handed hitters. Soto has a career minor league ERA of 3.29 in 514 innings over eight seasons. He has fought through several injuries during his career, including an oblique and an elbow injury in 2011, a back injury in 2013 and a shoulder strain in 2014.
Soto made six appearances for Cleveland at the big league level in 2015. He didn't allow a run in 3.1 innings, allowing three hits and not walking or striking out a batter. His fastball ranges generally from 88-91 and can touch 93. He also features a cutter, change-up and curveball. His cutter is his best pitch and fastball command can be his biggest weakness. Soto projects as a reliever, but his experience as a starter has given him a good idea of how to use all of his pitches. He will turn 26 next May.