2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Juan Soto
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
It’s difficult to fathom the talent of Juan Soto with so many young players emerging across the fantasy landscape. However, his passion for the game along with the ability to produce in a pressure packed environment like the World Series will not be overlooked in his projections. Soto appeared in 150 games last year with 110 runs, 34 home runs, 110 RBI, 12 stolen bases and a .282/.401/.548 slash line. He owned a 16.4 walk percentage versus a 20 percent strikeout rate with a .266 isolated power.
Although his batting average on balls in play decreased compared to his debut in 2018, Soto displayed above average plate discipline metrics during his Age-20 season. Soto finished with a swinging strike percentage of nine, a 77.9 contact percent, 86.6 Z-Contact (in the strike zone) rate and 23.4 O-Swing (out of the zone) percentage. His average dropped a bit in the second half last season but his walk to strikeout rate improved while producing more fly balls and hard hits. This could...