Yesterday Noel Pineiro of Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia reported that Carlos Delgado was going to retire. It’s now official: Delgado announced his decision at a news conference in Puerto Rico a little while ago.
As we noted yesterday, this comes as something of a relief, as Delgado had been was trying to come back from multiple hip injuries. At no point did he get anywhere particularly close, and it’s good to see that he seems at peace with the end of the playing portion of his career.
Delgado had a career line of .280/.383/.546 with 473 career home runs and 1512 RBI. Later on today, Matthew Pouliot is going to take a more in-depth look at the career of Delgado. A career that I worry may fall into the historical cracks one day, much like that of Fred McGriff and some other excellent but not transcendent ballplayers. Which is sad, because for my money, the Hall of Very Good has a lot more interesting players in it than people realize, and they should be remembered.
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.