Juan Soto’s 2020 season is barely over a week old and he’s already earning selections on lists of the league’s best players.
MLB Network analyst Mark DeRose, a former MLB infielder who spent one year in Washington, released his All-MLB team and slotted Soto in at left field.
Who’s missing from this list? pic.twitter.com/YGeE7N0YSg— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) August 13, 2020
Entering play Thursday, Soto is hitting .423 with four home runs and three doubles over his first seven games of the year. The 21-year-old missed the first week and a half after testing positive for the coronavirus just hours before the Nationals hosted the New York Yankees on Opening Night.
Soto’s biggest challengers for an outfield spot include Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger, Charlie Blackmon, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Mookie Betts. Though he may not have yet earned the hardware that some of those other players have in their careers, Soto has evidently impressed DeRosa enough to earn a spot above all of them.
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