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.
Crosses plate four times Monday
OFWashington Nationals
August 20, 2019
Soto went 4-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and four runs scored in Monday's 13-0 rout of the Pirates.
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The Nats' offense has been basically unstoppable lately, and Soto's been right at the heart of that eruption, slashing .375/.468/.975 over his last 10 games with seven homers, three steals, 12 RBI and 15 runs. That surge has made him one of only three players in MLB history to reach 50 home runs before their 21st birthday, joining Hall of Famer Mel Ott (61) and Tony Conigliaro (56) in that very exclusive group.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
11
75
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
5
20
3
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 .869 290 39 13 47 3 .284 .369 .500
Since 2017vs Right .970 708 117 37 106 14 .295 .417 .553
2019vs Left .887 165 21 6 25 3 .288 .376 .511
2019vs Right .993 339 58 22 58 9 .292 .413 .580
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
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .960 502 74 21 82 9 .307 .418 .542
Since 2017Away .920 496 82 29 71 8 .276 .388 .532
2019Home 1.001 260 36 15 50 9 .312 .404 .597
2019Away .910 244 43 13 33 3 .266 .398 .513
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 this season's data (min 200 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.
  • BABIP
    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.
BB/K
0.77
 
BB Rate
15.5%
 
K Rate
20.0%
 
BABIP
.315
 
ISO
.264
 
AVG
.288
 
OBP
.399
 
SLG
.552
 
OPS
.951
 
wOBA
.412
 
Exit Velocity
91.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.7%
 
Barrels/PA
6.8%
 
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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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Goes deep twice
OFWashington Nationals
August 18, 2019
Soto went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs in a 16-8 win over the Brewers on Sunday.
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Collects homer, steal in loss
OFWashington Nationals
August 18, 2019
Soto went 1-for-7 with a two-run home run, a walk and a stolen base Saturday in the Nationals' 15-14 loss to the Brewers in 14 innings.
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Smacks 25th homer
OFWashington Nationals
August 13, 2019
Soto went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Tuesday against the Reds.
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Returns to lineup
OFWashington Nationals
August 13, 2019
Soto (ankle) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Reds.
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Showing improvement with ankle
OFWashington Nationals
Ankle
August 12, 2019
Soto, who is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds, said his sprained right ankle feels much better and indicated that he planned to test the injury with an on-field workout, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.
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