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.
Blasts game-tying homer
OFWashington Nationals
October 9, 2019
Soto went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two runs scored Wednesday in a 7-3 extra-inning victory over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
Soto connected for the game-tying home run in the eighth inning off Clayton Kershaw, a 449-foot rocket that came off the bat at 110 MPH. It was the second homer of the series for Soto, who went yard 34 times during the regular season and slashed .282/.401/.548 with 12 stolen bases in 13 attempts. Soto and the Nationals will face St. Louis in the National League Championship Series.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
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Since 2017vs Left .849 346 46 13 55 3 .283 .367 .481
Since 2017vs Right .977 807 141 43 125 14 .288 .418 .558
2019vs Left .850 221 28 6 33 3 .285 .371 .478
2019vs Right 1.000 438 82 28 77 9 .281 .416 .584
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
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Since 2017Home .974 575 87 24 97 9 .307 .419 .555
Since 2017Away .901 578 100 32 83 8 .267 .386 .515
2019Home 1.016 333 49 18 65 9 .311 .408 .607
2019Away .877 326 61 16 45 3 .252 .393 .485
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Out of Thursday's lineup
OFWashington Nationals
September 26, 2019
Soto is not in Thursday's lineup against the Phillies.
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Scuffling to close out season
OFWashington Nationals
September 25, 2019
Soto went 1-for-7 with a walk between both ends of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Phillies.
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Launches 34th homer
OFWashington Nationals
September 12, 2019
Soto went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, three RBI and two runs scored in the Nationals' 12-6 win over the Twins on Thursday.
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Banged up, but playing Wednesday
OFWashington Nationals
September 4, 2019
Though Soto will start in left field and bat cleanup Wednesday in the series finale with the Mets, he'll be playing through a sore right elbow after being hit by a pitch in Tuesday's 11-10 win, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
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Continues to produce
OFWashington Nationals
September 3, 2019
Soto went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI and three runs scored Tuesday against the Mets.
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