Yankees 2B Gleyber Torres is usually the youngest player to take the field on any given night. But, during this series with the Nationals, OF Juan Soto had him beat.
The 19-year-old Soto is two years younger than Torres, and has been in the league for only 20 games including Wednesday night's 5-4 loss for the Yanks. It has certainly been a remarkable journey for Soto, who was fast tracked through Washington's farm system from Single-A to the big leagues this season.
He showed the Yankees exactly why that was the Nats' decision as he belted two homers -- a three-run opposite-field shot in the fifth and a 436-foot bomb in the seventh.
It was his first multi-homer game with two homers that accounted for four of the Nats' five runs, and manager Aaron Boone was impressed by what he saw.
"He's been really good obviously since he came up and from where he started this year to be here there's good reason," he told YES Network after the game. "And we got a peek at it tonight. Couple big swings that beat us ultimately, but obviously a good looking young player."
Chasen Shreve, who gave up the big blast to Soto in the seventh, learned exactly what Soto could do when he got a good piece of the ball.
"Yeah, I mean he has power," he said. "Super young, good hitter."
Coming into the game, Soto was slashing .328/.431/.541 with three homers and eight RBI. But Torres also had his own big fly, one that estimated 435 feet in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at four apiece.
Since he was called up on April 22, Torres leads all MLB rookies with 12 homers and 30 RBI. Overall, he is hitting .296/.353/.566 over 44 games this season.
Both of these teams are expected to be playoff contenders down the road, and their rookies have been generating tons of spotlight early on this season. If both Torres and Soto continue their pace, they could very well be side-by-side with Rookie of the Year trophies in their hands by the end of the season.