Jose ‘Flinch’ Soto will be staying with the St. Pete’s Admirals for the foreseeable future after it was announced the sophomore right-hander has signed to a 10-year contract extension worth nearly $215.8 million.
Soto was an easy choice for the AEL’s Sandy Koufax Award in his rookie season last year, along with the Rookie of the Year trophy, after going undefeated in 21 starts, and earning 15 wins along the way, tying for the league lead. He ended the year with a 2.00 ERA and 174 strikeouts.
So far this season, he is in contention for the Triple Crown, with a league-best 2.17 ERA, 5 wins and 77 strikeouts. The extension is one of the top five largest contracts by total value ever signed in the Bull League. Soto will be 33-years-old when he is eligible for free agency.
Since storming onto the scene as an international free agent signing last year, Soto has vexed AEL batters, though he stumbled during the Admirals playoff run, going 1-0 in 2 starts, but letting his ERA inflate to 5.25 for the postseason.
A power pitcher with a devastating curve and deceptive changeup, he has 6 quality starts in 8 games this season, and on June 2nd tallied his 4th career complete game shutout, a 1-hitter against the hot-hitting Nevada Speeders.