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Nationals promote outfield prospect Juan Soto to Double-A

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Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have promoted hot-hitting outfield prospect Juan Soto to Double-A Harrisburg.

Soto, 19, got off to a blazing hot start, batting .373/.486/.814 in 74 plate appearances with Single-A Hagerstown and .371/.466/.790 in 73 PA with High-A Potomac. Combined, he hit 12 home runs and knocked in 42 runs. As Castillo mentions, Soto has arguably been the best player in the minors so far this season.

The Nationals signed Soto three summers ago as an international free agent. MLB Pipeline currently ranks him as the No. 2 prospect in the Nationals’ system behind fellow outfielder Victor Robles. Soto comes in at No. 16 among all prospects in baseball.

Scooter Gennett to undergo MRI after injury

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The Reds have sent second baseman Scooter Gennett in for an MRI exam after he was forced to make an early departure from Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Brewers. The exact nature of the injury has yet to be reported, but starting pitcher Robert Stephenson said Gennett may have hurt himself after he “rolled weird” while trying to rein in a ground ball. He appeared to be grabbing at his right thigh/groin area immediately afterward and was helped off the field.

Following the incident, the 28-year-old was swiftly replaced by veteran infielder Carlos Rivero, who went hitless as he finished out the game. Though Gennett went 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat on Friday, he’s been tearing through the Cactus League competition this spring with a .351/.405/.486 batting line in 42 plate appearances so far.

The extent of Gennett’s injuries have not been disclosed — and may still be unknown to the team as well — but any significant setback would undoubtedly throw a wrench in the Reds’ plans this season, as he was the presumed starter at the keystone after turning in his first All-Star worthy performance in 2018. Although they have a promising alternative in top infield/outfield prospect Nick Senzel, the 23-year-old has not seen any time at second base this year and was recently reassigned to Triple-A Louisville to start the 2019 season.