This baseball season has been taken over by young talent, with players like Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr., and, most recently, Wander Franco and the 20-year-old rookie’s eye-popping on-base streak dominating much of the discussion.
But there are, of course, so many great young players throughout the game. In the midst of what has become a lost season for the Washington Nationals, it feels as though we have collectively forgotten – to an extent – that Juan Soto might just be the best player in baseball.
Soto, 22, has already spent four years in the big leagues, breaking in with the Nationals when he was just 19 years old. Soto hit .292/.406/.517 with 22 home runs, 25 doubles, 70 RBIs and a 146 wRC+, eventually losing the NL Rookie of the Year award to Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr, in his rookie campaign.
But ever since that incredible rookie season with the Nationals, Soto has just continued to get better each year. This season might be his best so far.
Despite dealing with some injuries earlier in the year, Soto has put together a tremendous .309/.454/.525 line with 25 home runs, 83 RBI and a 160 wRC+, the second-best mark of his career behind 2020’s outstanding 201 wRC+ in the shortened season.