It didn't take long before Juan Soto put Major League Baseball on notice. He was a bit of a late bloomer during his rookie year but once he took off, he never looked back. Today, the 21-year-old is already the Washington Nationals' superstar.
Subbing in as an occasional player, Soto climbed his way to the everyday lineup and finished in 2nd in the Rookie of the Year voting, as well as ending as a top-10 MVP candidate before winning his first World Series.
Juan Soto can do it like the best sluggers in the history of baseball. His numbers through his first 300 career games are just a minor proof of what he's capable of doing and the sky seems to be the limit for him right now.
Numbers Show Juan Soto Is Already Ahead Of Mike Trout And Bryce Harper
Thus far, Juan Soto has posted a .294 batting average with 67 home runs, 211 runs batted in, and an OPS of .966. Trout topped him in the average category with .316 but fell short with 56 home runs, 177 RBIs, and .948 OPS, while Harper had .269 ba, 45 dingers, 129 RBIs, and .818 OPS.
Moreover, and even though that doesn't come from an individual effort, Soto can brag about something neither of those players can -- and that's not likely to change any time soon: having a World Series ring.
Obviously, it's still too early on his career and a lot of things could happen but as of today, Juan Soto isn't the future of baseball, he's already a reality, and will be a perennial MVP candidate as long as he's healthy.
The Nationals miserably failed to defend their crown this season but Soto is definitely not to blame with a slash line of .342/.470/.708 with 11 deep flys, 31 RBIs, and 3 stolen bases in 120 at-bats.