Date of Birth: 05/18/1991
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 210 lbs
Pro Experience: Cleveland (2015)
Resides: Carolina, PR
Previous Team: Road Warriors (Atl.)
Highest Level: MLB
Giovanni Soto heads to New Britain for his 11th year of professional baseball and second in the Atlantic League. The former Major Leaguer spent last year with the Road Warriors, starting nine games and posting a 4.95 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 43.2 innings pitched.
The 27-year-old was originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 21st round of the 2009 MLB amateur draft. After two seasons in the Tigers organization, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Jhonny Peralta. After five impressive campaigns in the Indians farm system, the lefthander would make his Major League debut in 2015, appearing in six games for Cleveland and not allowing a run over 3.1 innings of work. Following his stint in the big leagues, he would also spend time with the Triple-A affiliates of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox.
Over the course of 225 career minor league appearances (73 starts), Giovanni has recorded 27 wins with a 3.50 ERA and 550 strikeouts in 583.0 innings pitched.