Brewers prospect Santo Manzanillo separates shoulder in car accident

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Pitching prospect Santo Manzanillo was involved in a car accident this morning in the Dominican Republic and the Brewers have issued a statement saying he “suffered a separated right shoulder and is currently undergoing further tests.”

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com provides some additional details, reporting that “a truck struck Manzanillo’s Hummer on a highway in La Romana while Manzanillo was on his way to the Brewers’ new baseball academy.”

Manzanillo was added to the 40-man roster two weeks ago after a breakout season between high Single-A and Double-A as a 22-year-old, throwing 62 innings with a 1.75 ERA and 62/26 K/BB ratio.

If the shoulder injury doesn’t set him back significantly Manzanillo could be a bullpen option for the Brewers in the second half and projects as a late-inning reliever with a mid-90s fastball.

Nationals promote 19-year-old prospect Juan Soto

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The Nationals recalled 19-year-old outfield prospect Juan Soto from Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday, per a team announcement. Soto is poised to become the youngest player in the league once he makes his official debut with the club, and the Nationals’ first teenager to enter the majors since Bryce Harper made his first appearance back in 2012.

Entering the 2018 season, Soto was ranked no. 2 in the Nationals’ system and 15th overall. He’s certainly lived up to the hype during his first two years of pro ball, blazing through Single-A, High-A and Double-A levels in 2018 alone. While he logged just eight games at the Double-A level prior to his promotion to the majors, he proved consistent across all three levels this spring and slashed a cumulative .362/.462/.757 with 14 home runs and a 1.218 OPS in 182 plate appearances.

It’s not entirely clear how soon or in what capacity the Nationals will utilize their youngest player, but Soto’s tear through the minors is sure to pave the road for a few opportunities on the big-league level. He’ll be available off the bench for Sunday’s series finale against the Dodgers.