Juan Soto
20-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Simply put, Soto had one of the best seasons for a teenager of all time. His talent has never been in question, but the fact he even made his debut in 2018 came as a huge surprise considering he opened the year at Low-A. Soto arrived in the majors May 20 and made an immediate impact, homering in his first career start. He never looked back after that, posting a stellar .923 OPS and missing out on the Rookie of the Year award only because of an equally impressive season from Ronald Acuna. Among MLB hitters with at least 450 PA, Soto ranked sixth in BB% (16.0), 10th in wRC+ (146) and 12th in BB/K (0.80). Again, he was 19 when he did this. He handled righties (152 wRC+) and lefties (128 wRC+) just fine, so don't worry about a platoon. The loss of Bryce Harper may cost him some RBI and runs, but it also likely locks him in as the cleanup hitter indefinitely. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Nationals in May of 2018.
Breaks out with blast
OFWashington Nationals
April 17, 2019
Soto went 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run in Wednesday's 9-6 win over the Giants.
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His first-inning blast off Jeff Samardzija kicked off a four-homer barrage by Nats hitters on the night. Soto now has three home runs and 12 RBI through 16 games, and while his .254/.380/.475 slash line is a little disappointing, those numbers could rise very quickly given his immense talent.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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3
13
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .838 143 20 8 26 0 .268 .350 .488
Since 2017vs Right .938 431 68 17 57 6 .293 .421 .517
2019vs Left .778 18 2 1 4 0 .188 .278 .500
2019vs Right .868 62 9 2 9 1 .265 .419 .449
2018vs Left .846 125 18 7 22 0 .279 .360 .486
2018vs Right .949 369 59 15 48 5 .297 .421 .528
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
2019
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .913 289 43 8 41 1 .297 .426 .487
Since 2017Away .911 285 45 17 42 5 .276 .380 .531
2019Home .908 47 5 2 9 1 .275 .383 .525
2019Away .754 33 6 1 4 0 .200 .394 .360
2018Home .913 242 38 6 32 0 .301 .434 .480
2018Away .929 252 39 16 38 5 .284 .378 .550
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Juan Soto compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.64
 
BB Rate
16.7%
 
K Rate
26.2%
 
BABIP
.318
 
ISO
.203
 
AVG
.246
 
OBP
.381
 
SLG
.449
 
OPS
.830
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
A fractured right ankle, hamate bone surgery and hamstring strain combined to limit one of the game's most exciting young prospects to just 32 games in 2017. That didn't stop him from reminding dynasty-league owners of his extreme upside when he was on the field. Soto's 172 wRC+ ranked third among Sally League hitters with at least 80 plate appearances. He walked more than he struck out, despite being the third youngest hitter to spend the majority of his season in that league. In addition to an elite approach and hit tool, Soto projects to provide 30-plus homer power in his prime seasons, but he won't generate much value with his legs. Given how advanced his bat is, it would not be surprising if he were aggressively assigned to the Carolina League after just 23 games at Low-A. The ankle and hamate injuries seem flukey, so while it's obviously concerning that he couldn't stay healthy in his first full season, it would be a mistake to discount him too much. All the tools are here for Soto to finish the season as a top-five prospect.
While he has not yet played above short-season ball, Soto made too much noise with his bat last year to qualify as an under-the-radar target in dynasty league drafts. He was seen as an advanced hitter with above-average power potential when the Nationals signed him out of the Dominican Republic for $1.5 million in 2015. So far, Soto has delivered on that promise and then some. He slashed .368/.420/.553 with five home runs, five steals and a 29:17 K:BB in 51 games across stops in the Gulf Coast and New York-Penn leagues, all before turning 18. It is quite rare for a player with the potential for plus power to be showing off an excellent approach and a plus hit tool against professional pitching at an age when most players are between their junior and senior years of high school. Soto should be valued similarly to the top prospects from the 2016 draft class and could follow the same aggressive promotion pattern as organizational mate Victor Robles.
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Struggling to make contact
OFWashington Nationals
April 17, 2019
Soto went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.
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Slugs extra-inning homer
OFWashington Nationals
April 9, 2019
Soto went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and two walks in Tuesday's extra-inning win over the Phillies.
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Hits first 2019 homer
OFWashington Nationals
April 3, 2019
Soto went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, a three-run home run and a walk in Wednesday's 9-8 win over Philadelphia.
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Collects three hits
OFWashington Nationals
March 30, 2019
Soto went 3-for-5 with a run, two RBI and a stolen base in an 11-8 loss to the Mets on Saturday.
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Huge day against Mets
OFWashington Nationals
March 18, 2019
Soto went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a two-run home run in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.
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