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Follow the Prospects: Juan Soto, OF
« Topic Start: March 01, 2016, 04:20:22 PM »
Age: 16 (?)
Ranked #22 among international prospects by MLB.COM and #13 by Baseball America
6' 3", 180lbs
Bats lefty
Projected as a corner outfielder (hmm, playing RF in 2019?)


One such player for the future is Dominican 16-year-old outfielder Juan Soto. He has not played one game as a professional with the club but is already listed as one of the Nationals' top 30 prospects, according to Soto is ranked No. 15. He is not at the early camp, but could be in Florida very soon.

The Nationals signed the potential corner outfielder last July for their highest signing bonus for an international prospect in the club's history. Soto is a reported 6-foot-1 and 175 lbs. out of Santo Domingo. Scialabba said the staff is very impressed with the tools Soto brings to the field.

"He is a natural hitter with good leverage to swing, size, strength," Scialabba said. "He has a short swing, extension through the zone, exciting barrel awareness. You see upside there as a potential impact bat down the road, someone that is just getting his feet wet in professional baseball. He was in the instructional league games last year."

The organization has not made a decision yet where Soto will begin this season. The Nationals signed him to a reported $1.5 million signing bonus. It is a large investment, but the club says they like his potential.

There is a possibility he would begin in the Dominican Summer League, but the club doesn't want to limit Soto, his age not being a factor. It's all about how good he is at his craft. The Nationals will get a chance to see him play at their facility this spring and that's when they will get a better gauge.