Gregory Soto

Gregory Soto

27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Detroit Tigers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Tigers manager A.J. Hinch announced Soto would enter 2022 as his closer only a few days after the 2021 season ended. With only a half-season of experience in the role and a career walk rate over 13%, expectations for the southpaw were low, especially given the veteran competition in Detroit's bullpen if things went south. However, Soto recorded a career high 30 of the Tigers' 38 saves last year for a 78.9% team save share that was third-highest among closers. He made his second All Star team and established career marks in ERA (3.28) and home run rate (0.3 HR/9) while still pumping heat at 98.4 mph on average. On the flip side, Soto's strikeout rate dipped nearly five percentage points to a league average 22.8%, while his 12.9% walk rate was sixth-worst among qualified relievers. Given these factors, plus the perennial trade rumors, drafting Soto for saves is a risky proposition in 2023. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
Takes another loss in finale
PDetroit Tigers
October 5, 2022
Soto (2-11) allowed an unearned run while retiring just one batter to take the loss Wednesday against the Mariners. He gave up one hit and two walks.
ANALYSIS
Soto took the loss for the second night in a row, ending a mostly strong campaign on a sour note. The lefty finished with a whopping 11 losses, though he also had 30 saves in 33 opportunities, to go along with a 3.28 ERA and 60 strikeouts across 60.1 innings. Though he can be volatile at times, Soto should head into 2023 once again closing games for Detroit.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
15
How many pitches does Gregory Soto generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Gregory Soto generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-58%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .193 172 52 21 28 6 0 1
Since 2020vs Right .214 465 113 66 83 15 1 10
2022vs Left .245 63 18 7 13 4 0 1
2022vs Right .218 200 42 27 36 8 1 1
2021vs Left .183 82 23 10 13 2 0 0
2021vs Right .205 194 53 30 33 5 0 7
2020vs Left .095 27 11 4 2 0 0 0
2020vs Right .226 71 18 9 14 2 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-4%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-38%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-23%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-88%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.40 1.31 79.1 5 7 27 9.8 5.2 0.6
Since 2020Away 3.26 1.34 66.1 3 8 23 10.7 5.0 0.8
2022Home 3.93 1.37 34.1 2 6 13 9.2 6.0 0.3
2022Away 2.42 1.38 26.0 0 5 17 8.7 3.8 0.3
2021Home 3.82 1.30 33.0 3 1 12 10.1 5.2 1.1
2021Away 2.93 1.40 30.2 3 2 6 11.4 6.2 0.9
2020Home 0.75 1.17 12.0 0 0 2 10.5 3.0 0.0
2020Away 6.52 1.03 9.2 0 1 0 14.0 4.7 1.9
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Stat Review
How does Gregory Soto compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.76
 
K/9
9.0
 
BB/9
5.1
 
HR/9
0.3
 
Fastball
98.4 mph
 
ERA
3.28
 
WHIP
1.38
 
BABIP
.299
 
GB/FB
1.60
 
Left On Base
63.6%
 
Exit Velocity
83.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.7%
 
Spin Rate
2386 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
22.5%
 
Swinging Strike
11.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2021
Soto was a first-time All Star last year while collecting six wins, seven holds and 18 saves with a 3.39 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 10.7 K/9 over 63.2 innings. Detroit used a closer committee for the first few months of 2021, but the job was Soto's alone from July through mid-September until a fractured finger ended his season. The southpaw possesses a nasty slider (.138 BA, 43% Whiff%) and brings 98-mph heat that ranks among the top 1% of the league, but he's a little wild with a 5.7 BB/9 that was eighth-worst among qualified relievers. Despite allowing a few too many baserunners, Tigers manager A.J. Hinch already named Soto the closer heading into 2022. Detroit is an up-and-coming team that finished 10th in the majors with 42 saves last season, so if Soto maintains the role all year, he could finish among the league leaders in saves. There is risk associated with the pick, but he's a fringe top-12 closer option.
Joe Jimenez's struggles led the Tigers to give other players opportunities for saves last year. Soto finished third on the team in that category with two, behind Jimenez (five) and Bryan Garcia (four). The second-year lefty's 4.30 ERA in 23 innings overall wasn't closer material, but it did at least come with some fairly interesting underlying numbers. His 13.3 BB% was poor, but his 29.6 K%, 53.7 GB% and 97.3 mph average fastball velocity were all well above average. Purely a sinker-slider reliever, Soto shut down lefties, holding them to a .391 OPS (albeit in a tiny sample of 27 plate appearances), while his .679 OPS allowed against righties wasn't bad either. Overall, his profile looks more like someone who could pitch in the seventh inning than the ninth, but the Tigers' lack of alternatives means Soto could add to his saves total in 2021, perhaps splitting the closer role with the right-handed Garcia.
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Blows save, loses
PDetroit Tigers
October 4, 2022
Soto (2-10) blew the save and took the loss in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader in Seattle, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits in one-third of an inning in a 7-6 extra-inning loss.
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Nabs 30th save
PDetroit Tigers
October 2, 2022
Soto pitched a clean ninth inning to earn the save in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Twins. He struck out two.
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Records 29th save
PDetroit Tigers
September 28, 2022
Soto pitched a clean ninth inning to earn the save in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Royals. He struck out one.
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Credited with 28th save
PDetroit Tigers
September 25, 2022
Soto allowed a hit and no walks while failing to record a strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save during Sunday's win over the White Sox.
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Secures 27th save
PDetroit Tigers
September 23, 2022
Soto struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning Saturday against the White Sox to earn his 27th save of the year.
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