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Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is just 21 years old, but already one of the league's brightest stars.

But when Soto was asked what his goals were for the spring as he enters his third Major League season, he simply said he just wants to make the team.

Soto hit his first home run of spring training on Tuesday against the Cardinals. When asked about the homer, Soto kept that same, simple mindset that he showed at the beginning of spring training.

"It’s just the beginning. We just started right now," Soto told MLB.com's Jessica Camarato. "Everything I do, I feel proud of this. But I think I can get more, and I want more.”

A year ago, Soto hit 34 home runs during the regular season, tied for a team-high with third baseman Anthony Rendon. Soto added five more in the postseason during the Nationals' World Series run, two of which were in back-to-back World Series games.

Washington is looking for the left fielder to match that production, if not more, in 2020, especially with the departure of Rendon to Los Angeles.

But Soto is not worried about that right now. With Opening Day still multiple weeks away, Soto is focused on the basics.

"Every year, I try to start to feel it in the spring,” Soto said. “Feel it back there and then get used to it, because I don’t want to get too much out in front because it’s going to be harder to keep it tight and keep it behind the ball. But for me, every Spring Training is a new goal, new things to do."

 

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