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.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.