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Saturday, June 16, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: JUAN SOTO OUTFIELDER WASHINGTON NATIONALS

I guess teenagers can play baseball at the highest level after all.  One look at Washington Nationals superstar outfield prospect Juan Soto would cement this previously discounted opinion as the 19-year-old has been nothing short of brilliant in his initial 20 games with the team, with the kid putting forth a power/average game that is very valuable in both today's real and fantasy baseball universe.  Already the projections are going haywire as to how great Soto can be and he goes into Friday's games looking to build on his tremendous start: 

.344
5 HR 
12 RBI 
14 R
1 SB
14.5 K/9
15.8 BB/9
.354 BABIP

I mean look at those K/9 and BB/9 rates!  While we always talk about how Vladimir Guerrero Jr. profiles just like his father, Soto may be an even better version of what the former Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Angels stud used to be.  You just don't see such tremendous plate discipline both in the walk and strikeout rates from such a young slugger like Soto and projections can one day center on him being a spectacular four-category monster (with just steals being open to debate).  The fact of the matter is that Soto already is an everyday OF 3 in fantasy baseball and you get the sense that he will only go up from here.  In fact given the talent at hand with the kid, Soto could very well graduate into an OF 1 before the end of the season and certainly for the following 2019 campaign.  What a start.  


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