Many young players in Major League Baseball start out as very free swingers at the plate.
Juan Soto is a rare exception to that rule.
While his offensive numbers haven’t been quite as good as in the past this year, especially after being dealt to the San Diego Padres, his ability to draw walks is second to none in all of baseball.
The 23-year-old shows incredible patience at the plate, which is obviously a true sign of a complete hitter.
In fact, Soto has made some history with that trademark patience at the plate.
He is the first player in 116 years to have drawn 500 walks before turning 24.
Juan Soto is the first player in 116 years to have 500 walks before turning 24.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) September 22, 2022
This is insane.
You would normally expect younger hitters to be a little reckless and swing very freely.
But not Soto.
Soto displays the patience of a seasoned veteran, so much so that you wouldn’t be able to tell that he was still just 23 years of age.
Soto has matured a great deal over his few seasons in the big leagues.
He may be able to crush some long home runs, but perhaps his most impressive quality is that he is able to stay patient, work the count, and end up drawing walks.
More walks mean more Soto shuffles, which is something he does every time he takes a ball.
More Soto shuffles are a good thing.
But for him to be so patient shows just how mature of a hitter he is and how much he truly understands the game.