Juan Soto was born on October 25th, 1998 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Soto’s father was the driving force behind his desire to play baseball. That desire helped Soto sign with the Washington Nationals as an international free agent in 2015. The kid from the DR made his professional debut in 2016 in the Gulf Coast League with the Nationals affiliate.
In his first season, Soto was named the MVP after hitting .368 with 5 home runs and 32 RBI. The following season, Soto was promoted to play with the Hagerstown Suns. That season was an injury-plagued season as he injured an ankle and missed a lot of time. In 2018, Soto was promoted quickly through the ranks of the Nationals system. Ultimately, Soto was called up to the Major Leagues to play with the Nationals after an injury to one of their key contributors.
When he made his debut on May 20, 2018, Soto became the youngest player in the major leagues. In just his second at-bat, he got his first hit and first home run of his career. Soto finished his rookie season hitting .292 with 22 home runs and 70 RBI.
In his sophomore season, Soto broke out and hit .282 with 34 home runs and 110 RBI. The Nationals would make it to the playoffs and during the Wild Card game against the Brewers, Soto made a name for himself on a national scale. He had the game-winning hit off of one of the best closers in the league. He would continue working his magic until he led the Nationals to their first World Series Championship in their history. Soto has become one of the best players in the game and he is only 21 years old.
By STEVE FARACE
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