We’ve written thousands of things about Washington National outfielder Juan Soto.
It is fair to say that he is one of our favorites.
And we’ve said countless times that what makes him special is his plate discipline: not his strength; Whatever he has, or his extraordinary communication and ball-to-ball skills: his ability to distinguish between ball and strike is paramount.
Fortunately, the rest of his offensive package is also top notch: it’s so good that he’s starting to emulate some of the best of all time with his accomplishments.
“In the modern era, Juan Soto and Ted Williams are the only players who have 100+ HR, 400+ BB and 500+ H in their first 500 games. Will Soto be named the greatest player of his generation? ”The MLB Network tweeted.
Juan Soto and Ted Williams are the only modern players to have 100+ HR, 400+ BB and 500+ H in their first 500 games.
– MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) May 18, 2022
This is a valid question: will he?
Of course, it’s too early to make a decision about Soto’s career: he’s only 23.
Will Soto go down as one of the best hitters in MLB history?
And Williams is a top-five hitter in the history of the game, so it’s a high bar to clear.
But both men had the same approach to hitting: both were exceptional contact-based batsmen with considerable strength and incredible plate discipline.
It’s not uncommon for a hitter to draw 100 walks in a single season, and Soto did it in 2019 as a 20-year-old: that’s when you realize he’s a particularly offensive player.
If he manages to avoid a major injury, Soto is likely to go down as the greatest of all time, but it’s too early to think about it.
For now, we can say that he is definitely one of the top ten hitters in today’s MLB, and he needs a lawsuit to be considered a top-three batsman.