PITTSBURGH – A two-year starter at catcher, former Panther Elvin Soto was one of eight members of the Hillsboro Hops to claim a spot in the Northwest League All-Star Game, which was played in Eugene, Ore. last night.
The two squads played to a scoreless 0-0 tie that was called after 10 innings.
Playing for the South division, Soto entered the game as a defensive substitution at catcher in the top of the sixth. He was hitless in two at bats, grounding out to second and popping up to short, but did record five putouts behind the plate.
On the season, Soto is batting .261, which ranks third on the team and 26th in the league among qualified league leaders. His 35 base knocks and 17 runs batted in are both fourth on the Hops while his team-best four triples is second most in the Northwest League.
Statistically, Soto has improved every part of his game from his rookie season with Hillsboro in 2013. So far in 10 fewer games and 19 less at-bats, Soto has raised his batting average by 52 points, scored four more runs, has three more hits, three more triples and 10 more RBIs.
The first half of the season came to a close on July 21 with the Hops winning the first half title in the south with a 22-16 record. Hillsboro currently leads the second half race at 9-4.