Tractor Man wrote:jcz1 wrote:Tractor Man wrote:jcz1 wrote:For Nats fans, this is all we have left (after demolishing any hope the Phillies had left!) ... rooting for players for Cy Young (Max, 3rd straight) and Rookie of the Year (Juan Soto, the only teenager in MLB history with 3 multi-homer games).
Could be, but I'm guessing DeGrom and Acuna for those 2 awards.
The Braves-Nats series is basically a place for the two ROTY choices to show their stuff against each other. Acuna won Friday night, with 4 hits and nearly hitting for the cycle, but Soto hit his 20th HR, closing in on the all-time record for a teenager. He's way ahead of everyone in teenage walks since 1900.
Today, Soto became the first teenager to steal 3 bases since 1900. He extended his on-base streak to 20 consecutive games to join Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Mickey Mantle as the only teenagers to do so. Acuna scored the only Braves run in their 7-1 loss, thanks to 14 (!) walks by the Braves pitchers.
Soto's season has been very impressive. It's not called the Teenager of the Year award, it's the ROY not the TOY.
I see I made a rather flippant response to your post. I apologize for that. I was sitting here tonight watching Cards-Braves, so I thought I'd really take a look. Here's the stat that seals it for me:
On Base Pct
Acuna = .368
Soto = .421
368 is a very good OBP, but anything over 400 is considered elite. 421 is 4th in baseball this year, behind only Trout, Betts and Votto. That's elite-level plate discipline regardless of age. Soto would get my ROY vote, if I had one.
*and he's only 19!