Juan José Soto Pacheco is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Soto signed with the Nationals as an international free agent in 2015.
He made his MLB debut in 2018 and was the runner-up for the NL Rookie of the Year Award. In 2019, he was a key part of the Nationals’ first World Series championship. In 2020, he won the National League batting title with a .351 average.
Soto signed with the Washington Nationals as an international free agent in July 2015. He made his professional debut in 2016 with the Gulf Coast League Nationals in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League and was named the Gulf Coast League MVP after hitting .368 with five home runs and 32 runs batted in (RBIs).
On March 22, 2022, Soto agreed to a $17.1M contract with the Nationals, avoiding arbitration. On April 12, Soto hit his 100th career home run off of Braves pitcher Bryce Elder.
At the age of 23 years, 169 days, Soto became the youngest player to reach that milestone in Nationals history and the eighth-youngest player to reach the milestone in MLB history.
Soto reportedly rejected a 15-year, $440 million contract extension offer by the Nationals during the 2022 season.
On July 18th 2022, Soto won the Home Run Derby. He became the 2nd youngest Home Run Derby winner behind Juan Gonzalez who won in 1993. Soto was one day older.
Juan Soto Ethnicity: Is Juan Soto Black?
Soto is from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, he is a North American.