Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres have an outfielder by the name of Juan José Soto Pacheco (born October 25, 1998), who is from the Dominican Republic (MLB). He used to be a Major League Baseball player with the Washington Nationals.
When Soto became available as an international free agent in 2015, the Nationals made him a contract offer. In 2018, he debuted in the major leagues and finished as the National League’s runner-up for rookie of the year.
The Nationals won the World Series in 2019, with him playing a pivotal role. He had a.351 batting average in 2020, good enough to win the NL batting title. In 2020 and 2021, he was named to the Silver Slugger Team and in 2021 and 2022, he was an All-Star.
Juan Soto, a struggling outfielder for the San Diego Padres, left Wednesday night’s 6-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks due to a shoulder injury. Manager Bob Melvin revealed the issue following the San Diego series finale but said he expects Soto to be ready for Friday’s series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In the third inning, Arizona’s Tommy Henry drilled Soto with a 91 mph fastball, hitting him in the shoulder. Before carefully making his way to first base, he stayed crouched for approximately a minute in the batter’s box. Until the top of the fifth inning, he was the defensive player.
After the game, Soto claimed he felt stiff when swinging, but that he will “absolutely” be ready to play in the season opener against the Dodgers. As Melvin put it, “I think he is going to be OK, hopefully after an off-day.” “Initially when you get hit, kind of the strength goes away.
He ventured inside the ribcage and gave swinging it a shot; the results were less than stellar. However, seasonal changes like this do occur. With any luck, he’ll be good to go tomorrow after a good night’s sleep.
Juan Soto exited the game on the 5th after being hit by a 91 MPH fast ball on the shoulder in the 3rd 😬pic.twitter.com/oHofN013zu
— ClutchPoints MLB (@ClutchpointsMLB) September 8, 2022
Even after being acquired in a massive trade with the Washington Nationals last month, Soto is still struggling for San Diego, going 0-for-1 with a strikeout. He had hit safely in just two of his previous eight games entering Thursday, matching his fewest in that span this season. In the 29 games he has played since being traded to San Diego, he is hitting.232 with three home runs and six RBIs.
At age 23 years and 169 days, Soto became the youngest player in Nationals history and the eighth-youngest player in MLB history to hit 100 career home runs when he signed a $17.1M contract with the Nationals and avoided arbitration. Soto hit his 100th career home run off of Braves pitcher Bryce Elder on April 12.
During the 2022 season, the Nationals reportedly extended a 15-year, $440 million contract offer to Soto, but he turned it down. When Soto won the 2022 MLB Home Run Derby, he became the second-youngest Home Run Derby victor of all time, behind only Juan González (1993) by one day. Soto was also named to the 2022 MLB All-Star Game.
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