There has been much talk about the upcoming teenage top prospect of the Washington Nationals, Juan Soto. The 19-year-old Dominican phenom has been labeled by some scouts as the next "Bryce Harper" by their similar style of play.
However, during the first at-bat of his MLB career, he was struck out when he pinch-hit in Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But in his first full appearance as a Big Leagues player, he truly delivered and defied expectations.
In his first at-bat of the night, he crushed a ball and sent it 422 feet away from the home plate and the first teenager to hit a home run since teammate Bryce Harper cranked the 22nd of his rookie campaign in 2012. (You can see a pattern here).
Since 1965, only 6 players have homered in an @MLB game at a younger age than #Nats' Juan Soto (19.208):— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) 22 de mayo de 2018
2012: #Rangers Jurickson Profar
1998: #Dodgers Adrián Beltré
1996: #Braves Andruw Jones
1989: #Mariners Ken Griffey Jr.
1974: #Brewers Robin Yount
1970: #Astros César Cedeño pic.twitter.com/s3di71BgHO
Soto spoke with ESPN after the game about his dream debut and reflected his first homer in the Majors:
I didn't think it was going to go out of the park. just run hard, the same I do in the minor leagues. Then I heard the noise, and I know it was gone.