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Nationals sensational outfielder Juan Soto named June NL Rookie of the Month



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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andújar has been voted American League Rookie of the Month for June, and Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto has been voted National League Rookie of the Month for the third month of the 2018 season. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Soto batted .317 (26-for-82) with 19 runs scored, six doubles, six home runs, 15 RBI and 18 walks over 19 games played to earn his first career monthly award. Among NL rookie hitters with at least 30 at-bats, Soto finished his historic month first in runs scored, home runs, walks, batting average, on-base percentage (.440) and slugging percentage (.610); second in hits and doubles; and third in RBI. Juan is the first Nationals player to claim the NL Rookie of the Month Award since his teammate Trea Turner won back-to-back monthly honors in August and September of 2016.

On June 13th against the New York Yankees, Soto recorded the first multi-home run game of his career, including the go-ahead homer in the seventh inning to lead Washington to a 5-4 victory. With the performance, the 19-year-old became the youngest player in team history to club a pair of homers in a single contest, and the fifth-youngest player in MLB history, trailing only Danny Murphy (19 years, 35 days), Hall of Famer Mel Ott (19, 77), Andruw Jones (19, 121) and Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (19, 190). Through 25 games of his Major League career, the Dominican Republic native became the first player in MLB history to blast six round-trippers. Moreover, the dynamic outfielder logged a personal-best 10-game hitting streak from June 17th-26th. During his hot stretch at the plate, Soto slashed .324/.442/.441 with six runs scored, 11 hits, four doubles and nine free passes. The lefthanded-hitting slugger saved his best performance for this past weekend, batting 4-for-6 with three runs scored, two homers and five RBI in Friday night’s contest against the Philadelphia Phillies. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Soto became the fourth teenager to post multiple multi-homer games, joining his teammate Bryce Harper (2012), as well as Griffey Jr. (1989) and Ott (1928). Additionally, Soto, who signed with Washington as a free agent in July 2015, became the first teenage player since at least 1908 to deliver four hits and a pair of homers in one game.

Others receiving votes for NL Rookie of the Month included third baseman Brian Anderson (.301, 17 R, 34 H, 12 XBH) and outfielder Lewis Brinson (.267, 10 R, 4 3B, 13 RBI) of the Miami Marlins; relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano (14 G, 0.00 ERA, 12.1 IP, 10 SO) of the Arizona Diamondbacks; and starting pitcher Tyler Mahle (3-0, 2.18 ERA, 33.0 IP, 37 SO) and outfielder Jesse Winker (.308, 9 R, 5 HR, 20 RBI) of the Cincinnati Reds.

In recognition of his Rookie of the Month Award, Juan Soto will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for the accomplishment.

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