Only 11 games into his 2020 campaign, Juan Soto is already a force to be reckoned with again.
The Nationals left fielder was named National League Player of the Week on Monday for his performance against the Mets and Orioles this past week. Over seven games Soto hit .462 (12-of-26) with one double, five home runs, 12 RBI, three walks, one stolen base, while scoring 12 runs.
Soto led the National League in slugging percentage (1.077), OPS (1.610) home runs and RBI during the week. He also hit safely in six of the seven games, drove in runs in five and had multi-hit performances in four of them. Additionally, he recorded his first multi-homer game of the season and sixth of his career on Wednesday against the Mets when he went 3-for-4 on the night.
During the week, the Nats posted a 4-2 record, splitting 2-2 with the Mets and winning their series with the Orioles 2-1.
This is the first time Soto has been recognized as Player of the Week, and he is the first National to bring home the award this season.
While Soto has now returned to his All-Star status, he didn’t start the 2020 season as he would’ve liked. On July 21, the Nats’ star hitter tested positive for COVID-19, which the team learned about on Opening Day two days later. As a result, he missed the first eight games of the season to quarantine. However, Soto was convinced it was a false positive test and was able to return by Aug. 5 once cleared by the league.
Despite only appearing in 11 of the team’s 19 games this season, he is tied for fifth in home runs in the NL. So far, he is 17-for-40 (.425) with three doubles, six homers, 14 RBI, five walks, one stolen base, 13 runs and has hit safely in 9-of-11 games.
For players with at least 40 at-bats this season, he leads Major League Baseball in on-base percentage (.500), slugging percentage (.950) and OPS (1.450).
While Soto started the 2020 MLB season on a rough note, he is back to his high caliber play and is working to carry his team to success for the remainder of this season