Bryce Harper who? Top prospect Victor Robles who? Despite the former being one of the more electric hitters in baseball and the latter being regarded as the team’s best prospect in recent years, its Juan Soto that is attracting all of the hype now in 2019 after a magical 2018 season. In 116 games last season, Soto slashed .292/.406/.517 and a 146 wRC+ to go along with those 22 home runs, 77 runs scored and 70 RBI. The overall stat line was excellent in and of itself, and he clearly passes the eye test, but the maturity and approach at the plate were something to herald. At just 19 years young, in the major leagues, Soto looked like a seven-year veteran in the batter’s box, never looking overmatched and confidently executing his plan of attack. His plate discipline was next level, and he carried over his excellent eye and discipline from the minors to the game’s highest stage.

Last season, of players with at least 450 plate appearances, Juan Soto had the sixth-highest walk...