MLB fans like to see powerful hitters smashing baseballs in the Home Run Derby, no matter their age.
As long as they have shown in the past that they hit the ball hard and often, they will probably put on a show in the Derby.
Usually, players reach the peak of their power in their late twenties, or after they turn 25.
But Juan Soto is a special player.
The Washington Nationals star has been hitting homers at a torrid pace ever since he made his MLB debut as a 19-year-old in 2018.
That year, he bopped 22 round-trippers in just 116 games.
Fast forward to 2022, and he now has 115 career home runs, and he is not even 24.
There are star prospects in the minor leagues who are older than him, and he already has 115 big league home runs and multiple top-five MVP finishes.
This kid is just something else.
Soto Keeps Making History At A Young Age
Soto already announced that he will take part in the 2022 MLB Home Run Derby.
He impressed the world in the 2021 edition with his immense power but couldn’t make it to the finals and Pete Alonso eventually won.
He is making history anyway.
“Juan Soto is the 2nd player to participate in the HR Derby multiple times before turning 24, joining Ken Griffey Jr., who did it 3 times before turning 24,” MLB historian and statistician Sarah Langs tweeted.
Juan Soto is the 2nd player to participate in the HR Derby multiple times before turning 24, joining Ken Griffey Jr., who did it 3 times before turning 24
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) July 12, 2022
In case you missed the connection, Griffey was another special player.
When you hear your name mentioned in the same sentence as Griffey, you are probably a budding star and are doing things the right way.
That’s the case with Soto, a young phenom who could have a historic career.