The Nationals have really been bitten by the injury bug, so now they are going bold to try and fix the problem.
Adam Eaton, one of the biggest offseason acquisitions the Nationals have made in the last couple of seasons, can’t seem to stay healthy and is out after having a procedure done on his ailing ankle. Then, against the Dodgers yesterday, they lost Howie Kendrick to a ruptured Achilles that ended his season and could mean the end of his career given his age and the severity of such an injury.
As a result of all of this, the Nationals have a lack of outfielders...not just a lack of good ones. With the most logical option, Triple-A prospect Victor Robles, on the disabled list himself, the Nationals went bold to try and fix the issue.
For those who are not aware, Juan Soto is a very good hitting prospect. He also started the season at low-A this year and has just eight games under his belt at Double-A. However, he has raked at every stop in the minors he has made this year and many predicted he would make a big jump on prospect rankings at midseason now that he is completely healthy.
In 39 games in the minor leagues (across low-A, high-A, and Double-A), Soto has slashed .362/.462/.757 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs.