All About Nationals Outfielder Juan Soto With Stats and Contract Info

All about Nationals OF Juan Soto with stats and contract info originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Nationals outfielder Juan Soto broke into the majors as a 19-year-old in 2018 and took the league by storm. He finished runner-up to Ronald Acuna Jr. in NL Rookie of the Year voting before helping the Nationals to their first World Series title in 2019.

In the two and a half years since, Soto has won two Silver Sluggers and a batting title. He's established himself as one of the most feared hitters in the game, boasting a keen eye for the strike zone and power to all fields.

Here’s a complete player profile on the Nationals’ young phenom.

Juan Soto’s bio

  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 224 lbs
  • Birthdate: Oct. 25, 1998 (23 years old)
  • Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • MLB experience: 5 seasons (2018-22)
  • Debut: May 20, 2018
  • Jersey number: No. 22
  • Agent: Scott Boras

Juan Soto’s career MLB stats

As of June, 24, 2022, here are Juan Soto’s complete MLB stats to date:

  • 534 games, 2,310 plate appearances, 1,860 at-bats
  • .289 batting average, .423 on-base percentage, .534 slugging percentage
  • 538 hits, 112 home runs, eight triples, 103 doubles, 37 stolen bases
  • 343 RBIs, 375 runs scored, 430 walks, 398 strikeouts

When is Juan Soto a free agent?

Juan Soto will hit free agency after the 2024 season, just after he turns 26 years old. The Nationals have expressed an interest in signing him to a long-term extension and reportedly offered him a 10-year, $350 million extension last offseason. Soto declined but the club still has two and a half years to negotiate with him before he can test the open market.

Juan Soto’s contract details

Juan Soto qualified for arbitration in 2021 as a Super 2 player, allowing him to negotiate a salary a year earlier than most players. He made the league minimum each year from 2018 to 2020 before agreeing with the Nationals on salaries of $8.5 million $17.1 million in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

Juan Soto's 2021 Home Run Derby performance

Juan Soto competed in the 2021 Home Run Derby at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. He was the eighth and final seed, having hit the fewest long balls of any participant (11) heading into the All-Star Break.

Soto matched up with Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani in the first round. They had a battle for the ages, requiring a swing-off in which Soto hit three straight homers to determine a winner. One of Soto's blasts traveled 520 feet, setting a new record for the longest home run in Derby history.

His run ended in the second round, however, as he lost to eventual champion Pete Alonso. The New York Mets slugger beat Baltimore Orioles infielder Trey Mancini to claim his second-straight Derby title.

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