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From Pipe Dream to World Series: The Rise of Juan Soto

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First base coach Tim Bogar congratulating Soto after a home run. https://www.tampabay.com/sports/rays/2019/10/30/nationals-beat-astros-force-game-7-in-world-series/

By Jordan Chafe

SILVER SPRING, Md.– Juan Soto, a 21-year-old outfielder for the Washington Nationals, has rapidly risen to fame in the wake of the playoffs and the 2019 World Series. 

Soto has blown up in the past year, scoring 110 runs batted in (RBI) and 34 home runs, amounting to an incredibly successful season.

But Soto wasn’t always an icon. 

The rookie was born in the Dominican Republic in 1998 and signed by the Washington Nationals 2015 at the age of 16, playing in a rookie league until just two years ago.

In the minor league, he played for the Hagerstown Suns but was faced with a dangerous ankle injury and was placed on the disabled list, where he remained for a majority of the 2017 season. 

After recovering, Soto played two games before injuring his hamstring, ending his 2017 season. 

Even still, he was praised for his performance in the small amount of games he did play that year, ending his season with 3 home runs and 18 runs batted in.

His 2018 season with Hagerstown Suns ended with a promotion to the Potomac Nationals, and later another to the Harrisburg Senators due to his excellent performance.

His time had come.

Soto was brought up to the major leagues in May 2018 as a pinch hitter against the Dodgers.

His season skyrocketed him to fame not long after his debut game, with 20 home runs and 70 runs batted in at only 19 years old.  

Soto’s 2019 career has recently been accented with the World Series. The Washington Nationals secured their first World Series title in their team history, with a score of 6-2 in game 7 against the Houston Astros.

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