Nationals outfielder Juan Soto absolutely crushed a solo home run off of Gerrit Cole in the top of the fourth inning of World Series Game 1 against the Astros. The ball reached the train tracks in left-center field and tied the game at 2-2.
Soto, who is 20 years and 362 days old today, became the fourth player in baseball history to hit a home run in the World Series under the age of 21. He joins Andruw Jones (Braves), Miguel Cabrera (Marlins), and Mickey Mantle (Yankees). Pretty good company.
In 10 postseason games entering Tuesday’s action, Soto was hitting a respectable .237/.326/.421 with a pair of home runs and seven RBI across 43 plate appearances.
Update: Soto continued to do damage against Cole, lacing a double off of the wall in front of the Crawford Boxes to knock in two runs in the fifth inning, padding the Nationals’ lead to 5-2.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.