One day earlier this week I was watching the Washington Nationals on TV and not paying full attention, when I caught the end of the announcers talking about the stats on teenagers in Major League Baseball. They quickly showed some stats and made the case that Juan Soto was leading in several of those categories. Somehow, they managed to demonstrate that Soto was in the same category as players like Bryce Harper, Ty Cobb, and others.
I haven’t been able to track down those specific stats, but I did found some great sources of information on major league leaders under the age of 20:
Baseball Reference has several “Leader Boards,” one of which is “Batting Leaders Up to & Including Age 19.” This page includes players with a 310 plate appearances or more through the age of 19. Leaders in this category include: Mel Ott with a batting average of .318; Bryce Harper with 22 home runs (second only to Tony Conigliaro with 24); and Ty Cobb with 18 sacrifice hits.
MLB.com recently published an article on “MLB’s best seasons by teenagers.” This article referred to Soto as one of MLB’s “bright young talents” and highlighted the early careers of Bryce Harper; Ken Griffey, Jr.; Edgar Renteria; Ty Cobb; and several others.
If you want to compare Soto to those legends, here are just some of his stats so far – in the 28 games he’s played and his 108 plate appearances:
How many of those teenage leader boards and lists will he end up on?
Tomorrow is Night Out at the Nationals. One couple that support pride celebrations is Washington Nationals’ Sean Doolittle and wife Eireann Dolan, dubbed Washington’s “most woke” couple by the Washington Post. In fact, a few years ago when Doolittle’s former team, the Oakland Athletics, announced their pride night, the two stepped in to buy the tickets from disgruntled fans and give them along with the proceeds to the Bay Area LGBTQ youth center.
Check out Doolittle and Dolan’s thoughts about their first Pride Night with the Nationals at the Nats’ Facebook page. And watch last year’s interview with Dolan below:
On Monday, in his first game with the Washington Nationals as a starter (he struck out pinch-hitting on Sunday), 19-year old Juan Soto got his first hit. And his first hit was a home run. And his home run was a 3-run home run.
Soto started the season with the low-A Hagerstown Suns. He was promoted to high-A on April 23. On May 10, he went to the double A Harrisburg Senators where he played in 8 games before being called up to the majors on May 20. His rose through the minors so quickly, I never even got a chance to see him there!
The Nats put tonight’s game on for their youngsters at their academy in the Dominican Republic. If you thought this crowd went wild when Soto homered… well, this is pretty special. pic.twitter.com/SKROdB2oox
Last Sunday at the game between the Washington Nationals and the Colorado Rockies, the cameras caught the best of the week. In the sixth inning, Nationals’ catcher Matt Wieters hit a homerun that was caught by a young Rockies fan. In the eighth inning, DJ LeMahieu of the Rockies hit a home run that was caught by a Nats fan. So, in the spirit of good sportsmanship and fanaticism, the two fans swapped their souvenirs. The peace treaty was caught on camera.
#BéisbolEsVida Pequeños fanáticos intercambian pelotas. ¿La razón? El fanático de Rockies capturó un HR de un jugador de Nacionales. El fanático de Nacionales capturó un HR de un jugador de Rockies.
With one day left until Opening Day, we’re featuring Michael Taylor of the Washington Nationals. Although he’s No. 3 with the Nats, last year during a rehab assignment with the AA Harrisburg Senators, Taylor wore No. 1. Taylor has been involved in many of the National’s community and charity efforts, including the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. In 2017, Taylor was involved in MLB’s Stand Up to Cancer campaign and was featured in their print PSA.