Juan Soto San Diego Padres

Age: 24 (October 25, 1998) | 6' 2" | 224lbs. | Bats: Left OF-144 LF-36 RF-6 DH-2 PH-4
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
WAS A 2018 16 59 12 22 14 13 5 3 5 24 2 0 .373 .486 .814 19 18 .405 n/a
WAS A+ 2018 15 62 17 23 11 8 3 1 7 18 0 1 .371 .466 .790 15 11 .340 n/a
WAS AA 2018 8 31 4 10 4 7 2 0 2 10 1 0 .323 .400 .581 11 20 .364 n/a
WAS NL 2018 116 414 77 121 79 99 25 1 22 70 5 2 .292 .406 .517 16 20 .338 54/17/29 23 23
WAS NL 2019 150 542 110 153 108 132 32 5 34 110 12 1 .282 .401 .548 16 20 .312 42/21/37 32 30
WAS NL 2020 47 154 39 54 41 28 14 0 13 37 6 2 .351 .490 .695 21 14 .363 52/20/29 43 39
WAS NL 2021 151 502 111 157 145 93 20 2 29 95 9 7 .313 .465 .534 22 14 .332 53/19/29 36 34
WAS NL 2022 101 342 62 84 91 62 17 1 21 46 6 2 .246 .408 .485 21 14 .243 48/14/38 16 15
SD NL 2022 52 182 31 43 44 34 8 1 6 16 0 0 .236 .388 .390 19 15 .261 46/20/34 3 4
Career 5yrs 617 2136 430 612 508 448 116 10 125 374 38 14 .287 .424 .526 19 17 .309 n/a
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Neither first base coach wanted the bat. In both cases it dropped to the ground.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 30 '19

Simply amazing. The 4 pitchers Soto has HRed against in the postseason were a combined 71-21 2.60 ERA in the regular season. 

van wilhoite LVW
Oct 30 '19

For his birthday, I checked his B-R page.  Turns out the new Similar Batters through 2019 have been updated, so we get updates on rookies from 2018.

Soto's most similar career hitter is Acuna, so this is going to be fun going forward.

Through age 20, Soto's most similar are:

Tony C

Mickey

Frank Robinson

Bryce

Trout

Ken Griffey Jr.

Mel Ott

Vada Pinson

Al Kaline

Cesar Cedeno

Quite a group.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Oct 26 '19

There are 12 players with at least 1000 PA in their first two seasons and a .400 OBP.  Jone Soto has the 7th highest OPS+ among them.  He's the youngest of the bunch.  Ted Williams was 20-21 in his first two years, Soto, a year younger respectively.  

The group is very impressive:

Johnny Mize* 169

Teddy Ballgame* 161

Paul Waner* 151

Elmer Flick* 146

Wade Boggs* 142

Charlie Keller 142

Juan Soto 140

Earl Averill* 135

Roy Thomas 124

Ferris Fain 122

Fielder Jones 121

Lu Blue (who?) 115


Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Oct 18 '19

Have to admit I forgot about Tony Womack. But Hal Smith? I'll never forget that.

Juan Soto Spotlight

Obviously, the biggest play yesterday was Juan Soto coming up with the bases loaded and batting in 3 runs to move the Nationals ahead of the Brewers for good. In sudden-death postseason history, that play was the 3rd-biggest win probability swing ever, only trailing Francisco Cabrera's walkoff hit in the 1992 NLCS and Hal Smith's 3-run home run in the 8th inning of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. Here's a look at the top 5:

YrSeriesGm BatterTmOppScore Event Inn Out WPA
1992 NLCS7 Francisco CabreraATLPIT1-22-R 1B  b920.74
1960WS7 Hal SmithPITNYY6-73-R HR b820.64
2019NLWCJuan SotoWSNMIL1-33-R 1B b820.58
1912WS8 Tris SpeakerBOSNYG1-21-R HR b1010.51
2001WS7 Tony WomackARINYY1-21-R 2B b910.50
Alex Patton Alex
Oct 2 '19

I felt bad for Grisham, of course, but it was great to see this kid come through after batting .114 and slugging .182 in his last 15 games.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 2 '19

is undergoing X-rays on his right elbow after getting hit by a pitch

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Sep 4 '19

The 28 HR isn't a surprise ... nor is the .286 BA.  But I don't think anyone saw a 12-1 SB ratio coming.


Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Aug 19 '19