Juan Soto wasn't supposed to be this good, this fast. In fact, many prospect evaluators at the beginning of 2018 expected him to have barely reached MLB at this point given his age and unproven skill set.
When the Nationals called Soto up last May, they did so out of necessity. Adam Eaton was out with a severe bone bruise on his left ankle, Brian Goodwin was sidelined with a wrist contusion and Howie Kendrick had just ruptured his Achilles. Top prospect Victor Robles was dealing with elbow soreness.
Washington promoted Soto straight from Double-A, hoping his strong minor league numbers would translate to big league success - but not expecting instant production. General manager Mike Rizzo told reporters "the injury factor accelerated our timetable for him."
Instead of toiling as an unpolished teenager thrust into a role for which he wasn't ready,