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D-C grad Soto headed to Triple-A Iowa Cubs

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 11:04 a.m. CDT

Dundee-Crown graduate Elliot Soto is headed to Triple-A and the Iowa Cubs.

Soto, the 2007 Northwest Herald Baseball Player of the Year, learned about the promotion from the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate Tennessee Smokies to Des Moines on Thursday, according to his former club team, the Pro Player Hurricanes. With the Cubs trading utility man Emilio Bonifacio to Atlanta, they will be promoting one player to the major leagues.

Soto, a shortstop in high school and at Creighton, has played some second base in the minors and could get time at that position, especially with highly regarded Javier Baez manning shortstop for Iowa. Baez has played some second base recently, but has 84 games this season at shortstop.

Soto was hitting .246 with 12 RBIs in 40 games for the Smokies, who recently added Addison Russell, a top shortstop prospect from the Oakland organization who was acquired in the Cubs’ trade of pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

Always strong with the glove, Soto had committed four errors in 40 games at Tennessee. He started the season serving a 50-game suspension for violation of baseball’s minor league drug program.

NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the name of a player the Cubs had called up from Triple-A.

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