Washington Nationals talented outfield prospect Juan Soto was promoted to the big leagues this weekend, and he made his debut on Sunday with a pinch-hit appearance that ended in a strikeout.
On Monday, the 19-year-old will make his first MLB start tonight, batting sixth in the lineup and playing left field.
19-year-old #Nats prospect Juan Soto will bat 6th and play LF in his 1st @MLB start tonight. Here's @GoldenSombrero on what to expect from #MLB's No. 15 overall prospect: https://t.co/v6kFu8BLda pic.twitter.com/5Cr5RPQ9Gl— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 21, 2018
Soto is now the youngest player in the big leagues, and it wasn't that long ago he was playing in Single-A for the Hagerstown Suns.
However, with the season-ending injury to Howie Kendrick after rupturing his Achilles, Soto was called upon to take his place on the roster and figures to get everyday action in the outfield, at least for the time being.
MLB: Juan Soto batting sixth, playing LF Monday https://t.co/SRLUvupAPz— Rotoworld (@rotoworld) May 21, 2018
Despite his age, Soto deserved this promotion after dominating at three minor league levels this season. In 39 games, Soto slashed .362/.462/.757 with a minor league-leading 14 home runs and 52 RBI.
It's tough to argue against those numbers, as a promotion was clearly in order. You hear that, Toronto?