Elliot Soto just completed his first season at Creighton, and the freshman went on a wild ride.
After leaving Dundee-Crown as the team’s best all-time hitter, the former BMIC (Big Man in Carpentersville) struggled with his swing in Omaha.
Soto, who hit .455 in leading the Chargers to State a year ago, went hitless in his first 19 college at-bats (and 2 for his first 27). Surely he was banging his head against his dorm wall wondering why he didn’t take the Minnesota Twins’ 13th-round money and head to the minor leagues when his stock was high.
But Soto sucked it up and progressively improved. He ended the season on an eight-game hitting streak and 39 of his season’s 44 hits came in the final 37 games.
What once was a difficult decision to bypass the pros now seems like the right move. Two more years at Creighton should send this Blue Jay flying up the draft charts.