Angels Lose Infielder On Waivers to AL East Team

The former prospect had been designated for assignment Saturday to make room for reliever Jose Cisnero

Livan Soto went longer than most prominent Angels prospects to reach the major leagues. Being a member of the famed Atlanta Braves international amateur class of the 2015–16 signing period, Soto played in 22 games for the Angels the previous two seasons, seeing action at three different positions while hitting.375 with one home run.

He was marked for assignment on Saturday in order to create space for reliever Jose Cisnero on the 40-man roster. The Baltimore Orioles grabbed him off waivers on Thursday, as Daniel Alvarez-Montes of El Extrabase first revealed:

In spring training, Soto, 23, was one of a few middle infielders who may contend for starts at second base or even back up Zach Neto at shortstop. 
Soto made his major league debut with the Angels last year, after playing in portions of five minor league seasons (2017–22). In 18 games, he hit an unexpected.400 (11 for 44) with one home run and nine RBIs.

In 2023, Soto crushed 110 games between Double-A Rocket City and Triple-A Salt Lake.237/.342/.358. Additionally, in four major league games, he went 2 for 9 with two singles.

Soto, who is mostly recognized for his glove, was one of nine Latin American amateur players whom the Braves signed for at least $300,000 per under previous general manager John Coppolella. Afterwards, Major League Baseball concluded that the Braves had sought to improperly get around the league’s regulations regarding the prospects’ incentive payouts.

Coppolella was outlawed and then allowed back in. After being deemed a free agent, Soto joined the Angels. Over the following five years, he steadily moved up the system.

Soto’s next opportunity to become a major league regular will now come in Baltimore.

Orioles general manager Mike Elias has been searching for a left-handed batting infielder who can play second base. Soto bats left-handed and throws right.


J.P. Hoornstra is the author of “The 50 Greatest Dodger Games Of All Time” and writes and edits content related to Major League Baseball for Halos Today. On one CD, he recorded a keyboard solo alongside two of the original Doors members.

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