Aroldis Chapman showed he was human yesterday, allowing three hits and a run while recording just one out. He also let both runners he inherited from Bill Bray to score. Of course, two of the hits were infield singles and the run was unearned, so maybe “human-like” is the more fitting description.
He threw 16 pitches, with nine of them clocking in at triple-digits. Chapman topped out at 103 miles per hour with a fastball to Troy Tulowitzki, who gave the following review to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com afterward:
Yeah, he’s pretty good. But at the same time, if you asked the other side, I don’t know if you’d be happy with his outing with a passed ball and letting some guys on base. But he’s good. The arm’s unbelievable. I don’t think he’s all the way polished yet, though.
Obviously the Rockies will take runs off Chapman however they can get them, but I’m still waiting to see someone connect for an extra-base hit off him.
The Nationals recalled 19-year-old outfield prospect Juan Soto from Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday, per a team announcement. Soto is poised to become the youngest player in the league once he makes his official debut with the club, and the Nationals’ first teenager to enter the majors since Bryce Harper made his first appearance back in 2012.
Entering the 2018 season, Soto was ranked no. 2 in the Nationals’ system and 15th overall. He’s certainly lived up to the hype during his first two years of pro ball, blazing through Single-A, High-A and Double-A levels in 2018 alone. While he logged just eight games at the Double-A level prior to his promotion to the majors, he proved consistent across all three levels this spring and slashed a cumulative .362/.462/.757 with 14 home runs and a 1.218 OPS in 182 plate appearances.
It’s not entirely clear how soon or in what capacity the Nationals will utilize their youngest player, but Soto’s tear through the minors is sure to pave the road for a few opportunities on the big-league level. He’ll be available off the bench for Sunday’s series finale against the Dodgers.