JUAN SOTO seems like a big deal

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but does he have a blog

rip van wanko, Monday, 6 August 2018 23:15 (one year ago) link

Tweets will surface from when he was 8.

clemenza, Monday, 6 August 2018 23:53 (one year ago) link

oh shit, didn't see that morbius had already posted the link (i've been traveling the last few days). still, came here to post this:


elite plate discipline from a teenager is just amazing.

this is also pretty impressive:


Karl Malone, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:27 (one year ago) link

Juan Soto has seven walks after falling behind in the count 1-and-2. Dee Gordon has seven walks

— Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) August 6, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 19:54 (one year ago) link

according to b-ref, his nickname is 'childish bambino'

mookieproof, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:31 (one year ago) link

Age fraud hasn’t been a thing in Latin America in nearly a decade. But then again Joe Simpson is stuck in the past, so it’s not a surprise that he proffers this sort of garbage. Ignore it.

Juan Soto is 19. Period. Full stop. And he’s doing things the game never has seen before. https://t.co/V5iWMkkleF

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 8, 2018

Andy K, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 00:18 (one year ago) link

Joe Simpson is the worst.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 13:22 (one year ago) link

He really is -- I hope his slo-mo meltdown speeds up and he says something totally fire-able soon.

a shomin-geki poster with some horror elements (WilliamC), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 13:35 (one year ago) link

damn, soto has a really intimidating batting stance. he looks so locked in

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 03:11 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

Top 10 most Home Runs as a teenager:

1. Tony Conigliaro (Boston) 24
2. Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals) 22
3. Mel Ott (NY Giants) 19
4. Juan Soto (Washington Nationals) 18 <-Turns 20 October 25, 2018
5. Ken Griffey, Jr. (Seattle) 16
6. Phil Cavarretta (Cubs) 14
7. Mickey Mantle (NY Yankees) 13
8. Ed Kranepool (NY Mets) 12
9. Robin Yount (Milwaukee) 11
10. Harmon Killebrew (Washington Senators) 9

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 04:46 (one year ago) link

Only one behind Harper now.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 25 September 2018 01:06 (one year ago) link

Tied with Harper. Will more than likely not break Conigliaro's record, but still an incredible feat.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 30 September 2018 02:40 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

juan soto hit the roof of the Tokyo Dome tonight, turning a no-doubt home run into an out at the warning track (ground rules, at least in that stadium, allow the ball to remain in play)

Karl Malone, Monday, 12 November 2018 04:09 (one year ago) link

that sucks for him, but ultimately is a much better story

Karl Malone, Monday, 12 November 2018 04:10 (one year ago) link

They're very close statistically, but pretty sure Acuna will win ROY this week. Soto has a 40-point edge in OBP, Acuna a 35-point SLG advantage, and their BA is even; that makes Soto the more productive hitter, but it'll be viewed as a wash (Acuna's OPS+ is actually a little higher; five fewer GDP, for one thing), and Acuna has more HR and--going by dWAR, anyway--better defense.

clemenza, Monday, 12 November 2018 12:56 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

James's rundown of last year's rookies:


"Acuna ranks a little ahead of Soto because he had almost the same OPS and better defense in a tougher park for a hitter, but in all honesty I think I would choose Soto."

clemenza, Friday, 30 November 2018 13:02 (one year ago) link

my man bill james otm

acuña deserved the ROY but i think i'm more impressed with soto's season

― mookieproof, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 3:16 PM (two weeks ago)

mookieproof, Friday, 30 November 2018 14:09 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

My first “Juan Soto is good” tweet of the year. Juan Soto is good.

— FantasyRundown.com (@FantasyRundown) March 30, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 31 March 2019 01:58 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Best OBP before age-21 (min. 550 PAs):
1. Ted Williams - .436
2. Mel Ott - .414
3. John McGraw - .412
4. Jimmie Foxx - .410
5. Juan Soto - .402https://t.co/mgTtlNrgK5

— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) April 18, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 18 April 2019 18:08 (nine months ago) link

20yo Juan Soto's MLB career SLG > 20yo Vlad Jr's career MLB OPS

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 2 May 2019 17:46 (eight months ago) link

geez give VGJ more than a week

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 2 May 2019 18:55 (eight months ago) link

my brain kept trying to read that acronym as jeff van gundy

na (NA), Thursday, 2 May 2019 19:29 (eight months ago) link

future dh

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 May 2019 01:05 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

He's now played 162 games:

292/.402/.519 with 31 homers, 107 runs & 107 RBI.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 30 May 2019 11:13 (seven months ago) link

what were Trout's first 162? can someone PlayIndex that?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 30 May 2019 17:00 (seven months ago) link

.309/.374/.531 (accomplished while 2 years older than Soto)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 30 May 2019 17:07 (seven months ago) link

that's a very impressive line from trout, too, considering that his first 40 games (during his rookie 2011) he slashed vajazzled .220/.281/.390

i will never make a typo ever again (Karl Malone), Thursday, 30 May 2019 17:13 (seven months ago) link

two months pass...

Two homers today. Soto won't come anywhere near Trout's 10.5 WAR in his age-20 season (defense and juiced ball, among other things), but his raw offensive totals in many categories are going to match or surpass Trout's.

clemenza, Sunday, 18 August 2019 20:19 (five months ago) link

Juan Soto (@Nationals) is the 3rd player in MLB history to hit 50 home runs before turning 21 years old, joining Mel Ott (61) and Tony Conigliaro (56). pic.twitter.com/qjMLcRG8si

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 18, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 18 August 2019 20:55 (five months ago) link

Soto's got such a nice fluid swing, I would not be surprised if he starts hitting over .300 at some point.

Nats have hit the draft lottery twice in a short time, pretty nice to be able to replace Harper pretty much straight up with perhaps a higher ceiling.

earlnash, Monday, 19 August 2019 00:21 (five months ago) link

Soto's got such a nice fluid swing, I would not be surprised if he starts hitting over .300 at some point.

― earlnash, Sunday, August 18, 2019 5:21 PM (two weeks ago)

prescient post

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 03:58 (four months ago) link

Lifted this from Sports Illustrated:

And because Soto has a Baseball Reference-calculated Wins Above Replacement mark of 5.0 and Acuña is at 4.8, they are, in all likelihood, going to end up on this short list of pairs of players under 22 to share a 5-WAR season:

Donie Bush (6.5) and Tris Speaker (6.3), 1909
Jimmie Foxx (7.9) and Mel Ott (7.4), 1929
Eddie Mathews (8.3) and Mickey Mantle (5.8), 1953
Al Kaline (8.2) and Hank Aaron (6.3), 1955
Frank Robinson (6.6) and Kaline (6.5), 1956
Trout (10.5) and Harper (5.2), 2012
Trout (9.0) and Machado (6.7), 2013

clemenza, Friday, 6 September 2019 23:56 (four months ago) link

that trout guy was good

k3vin k., Saturday, 7 September 2019 01:40 (four months ago) link

That was the premise of the SI piece I took that from: that Acuña/Soto are the new Trout/Harper (acknowledging that the latter is a non-issue now).

clemenza, Saturday, 7 September 2019 15:32 (four months ago) link

Devers (22) has a fWAR of 5.5 (ie, higher than Acuna & Soto)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 7 September 2019 16:18 (four months ago) link

or wait is it <=22 or <22?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 7 September 2019 16:18 (four months ago) link

wow that's a very impressive list of HOFers, future HOFers, some guy named Donie Bush, and Bryce Harper.

omar little, Saturday, 7 September 2019 17:16 (four months ago) link

Per Baseball-Reference, Soto joins Alex Rodriguez, Ruben Sierra and Jose Canseco as the only major-league hitters in the last 50 years to record a 30-homer, 100-RBI, 10-steal season before their age 22 season.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 8 September 2019 14:16 (four months ago) link

I don't really understand his contract status:

Signed thru 2019, Earliest Arb Eligible: 2022, Earliest Free Agent: 2025

If he's only signed through this season but not eligible for arbitration until 2022, what does that mean for 2020 and 2021?

clemenza, Sunday, 8 September 2019 16:05 (four months ago) link

i'm not sure about the technical/legal background but it's similar for other pre-arb players. soto is definitely under team control through 2022

I am also Harl (Karl Malone), Sunday, 8 September 2019 16:23 (four months ago) link

by "similar" i mean you'll see the same kind of contract status for other pre-arb players

I am also Harl (Karl Malone), Sunday, 8 September 2019 16:24 (four months ago) link

Thanks. Baseball Reference should make that clearer...if they control him until 2022, why not just say "signed through 2021." There's almost an implication of the old reserve-clause system there, where the Nationals can just renew him for whatever they want in 2020/21.

clemenza, Sunday, 8 September 2019 18:48 (four months ago) link

hey clemenza, just noticed that fangraphs has updated their contract summary pages for each team. i don't know what you usually refer to for that kind of information, but to me this is pretty much the easiest and simplest way to get it. here's the page for the nats:


and here's more info: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/instagraphs/introducing-rosterresource-payroll-pages/

I am also Harl (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 19:17 (four months ago) link

One of the things that makes Juan Soto special is his mature approach at the plate. The Nationals outfielder may not be able to legally buy alcohol in the United States, but he doesn’t just have the discipline of a seasoned vet, he has the discipline of Joey Votto in his prime. A 15 percent walk rate would be good for anyone, but it’s incredible for someone who is younger than OK Computer.

His low chase rate is the primary driver of his ability to draw a walk, but Soto has another strategy he employs. When the count reaches two strikes, Soto crouches down lower to shrink his strike zone.


Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 19:27 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Kinda faded a bit over the last 2 weeks of the season, but can now add "clutch postseason heroics" to his CV.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 04:53 (three months ago) link

Juan Soto is the second youngest player in postseason history to have a WPA over .500 in a game.

The youngest, Miguel Cabrera, did it in Game 4 of the 2003 NLDS, a series-clinching game but not an elimination one https://t.co/XL00s8G42k pic.twitter.com/kPjbewAa9k

— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) October 2, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 14:36 (three months ago) link


Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 10 October 2019 03:47 (three months ago) link

so did Miggy or Cobb homer as a WS cleanup hitter under 21?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 01:31 (two months ago) link

Youngest to hit a World Series home run: Andruw Jones, 19 years, 180 days; Miguel Cabrera, 20 years, 187 days; Mickey Mantle, 20 years, 352 days; Juan Soto, 20 years, 362 days.

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 01:47 (two months ago) link

Soto & Jones are the only <20 year olds to hit a HR in their WS debut.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 02:06 (two months ago) link

Nats Dominican academy pic.twitter.com/vLIoQLrWF5

— johnny (@dipuglia) October 23, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 20:59 (two months ago) link

Happy birthday, Juan Soto!

We will adjust our World Series content accordingly. pic.twitter.com/jAICJ0t14q

— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) October 25, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 25 October 2019 14:23 (two months ago) link

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