He may be the best and most skilled hitter in baseball at the moment, and he is only 23.
The spring is currently going well for him, as he keeps punishing baseballs.
MLB’s official account showed a video of him hitting an impressive home run during spring training play: it was a majestic blast to center field.
— MLB (@MLB) March 23, 2022
He doesn’t quite have 40-homer power, or at least he hasn’t shown it, but he may be the best offensive producer in baseball.
He Is A Truly Special Hitter
His 2021 line shows his strengths: he hit .313/.465/.534 with 29 home runs, 111 runs, and 95 RBI.
Not only is he capable of hitting for a high batting average, but he has power and an incredible knowledge of the strike zone.
It’s insane for a modern player to get on base at a .465 clip over a full season: it takes a perfect eye at the plate to do it.
Soto knows opposing pitchers, their strengths, weaknesses, and patterns.
He is also incredibly smart as a hitter, and he walks much more (22.2 BB%) than he strikes out (14.2 K%).
That is a rarity, even more for a slugger like him.
He is so good that he turned down a contract extension offer by the Nationals for $350 million before the lockout.
He will get at least $400 million, and may push $500 million.
He is truly one-of-a-kind.