2024 Phillies Player Spotlight: Greg Soto

With the 2024 MLB season bearing down on us. We here at EOP will spotlight a Phillies player every week until the start of the 2024 season. We will highlight their 2023 season, strengths, weaknesses, and 2024 projections. This week we will highlight relief pitcher Greg Soto.     

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2023 Season

The Phillies acquired Soto along with Kody Clements for Nick Maton, and Matt Verling from the Detroit Tigers right before the start of the 2023 MLB Spring Training. Soto was thought to be in play for a back-end of the bullpen job for the Phillies in 2023. While Soto flashed dominance at times, his first season in Philadelphia was mired in inconsistency. He finished the year with a 4.62 ERA and drastic splits against righties and lefties. Lefties hit .127/.205/.228 against Soto in 2023. Righties hit .255/.327/.393. He also finished with a 5.40 ERA over the last two months of the season.

Strengths

Soto’s stuff is indeed fantastic. Even though his upper-90s fastball has never missed bats at the rate you’d expect it to, it showed some developmental progress in 2023, leaning into some of Soto’s natural mechanical strengths. He has an incredibly powerful lower half, and his huge stride down the mound combined with his low-Ish slot creates a shallow, almost uphill approach angle on his fastball.

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Weakness

Inconsistency is what has dogged Soto throughout his 2023 season. When he’s on he’s on when he’s off he’s way off. He finished the season with a 4.62 ERA, struck out 65, walked 22 in 60.1 innings of work. The bottom line with Soto he never consistently showed that closer stuff the Phillies were looking for when they acquired him.  

2024 Projection

Your guess is as good as mine. He figures to be one of the committee bullpen members. If he can be more consistent, he will be a major factor in the back end of the Phillies bullpen. If he can not it will be a carbon copy of his 2023 season.   

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.

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