Juan Soto doesn't mind when teams walk him -- it's easy!
There doesn't seem to be much that troubles Nationals rookie phenom Juan Soto. He's a 19-year-old slashing .298/.413/.520 with 20 home runs, and he may require a higher, extraterrestrial level of baseball to actually challenge him. Lucky for us, Soto is a Major League Baseball player and this is just the first chapter of a potentially legendary Hall of Fame career.
While Soto has seemingly made everything on the field look easy, some parts are admittedly easier than others. Hitting opposite-field home runs? That may take some work. But if teams would rather just throw four balls than give Soto a pitch to hit? That's fine with him!
Soto's 74 walks in just 106 games incredibly rank second on the Nationals behind only Bryce Harper, who leads all of MLB with 123. If Soto is already walking this much as a teenager, we can only imagine how many free passes he'll be given during his prime.
Here are some other highlights from baseballers on social media over the last week ...
Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams has continued to dominate in the second half of the season, but his wife Jackie is only mildly impressed:
I wonder how good he would be if he actually replaced the toilet paper roll instead of just placing the new one on top https://t.co/FqkmrJyTo0- Jackie Williams (@mellamojax) September 17, 2018
Jackie we talked about this.- Trevor Williams (@MeLlamoTrevor) September 17, 2018
Harrison Bader's remarkable rookie season has continued, but he doesn't want people strictly appreciating his baseball talents:
Advantage Bader https://t.co/3kPujNN3km- Harrison Bader (@aybaybader) September 19, 2018
Jordan Hicks showed up on Sunday Night Baseball and did Jordan Hicks things. Several players took notice:
Everyone who's a non baseball player that thinks they can hit... go ahead, hit it 😇 https://t.co/E62rJfxYaP- Cadyn Grenier (@Kdyn2Cadyn) September 19, 2018
Aye mannn🤷- Jordan Hicks (@Jhicks007) September 19, 2018
Hicks wasn't the only flamethrower getting some extra attention recently. Rays reliever Diego Castillo made his teammate Brandon Lowe extra glad he didn't have to face him himself:
I'm glad he's on my team 😳 https://t.co/qCr4ukLGC1- Brandon Lowe (@Sweet_n_Lowe5) September 16, 2018
Mariners Minor Leaguer Adam Law is taking classes this offseason, but his baseball mindset isn't quite helping him in the classroom:
Earlier this season, Jayson Werth told me something really profound, "Bro, we are paid to forget." I made a goal to apply that for the rest of the year by not dwelling too much on my previous night's ABs. Good mindset for baseball, not ideal for my schoolwork. Plz send help.- Adam Law (@adamlaw217) September 18, 2018
Chris Archer offered a fan a tough proposition:
Gum or ball? pic.twitter.com/juh7crnAM5- Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) September 20, 2018
How will Denard Span's son fill his dad's shoes when he gets older? He's already practicing:
Fenway Park is unlike any other ballpark -- even for the players. Just ask Noah Syndergaard:
So.....Fenway was a sureal ballpark to pitch in.....from a childhood dream perspective......As visiting pitcher on a team and city I love.....#dontfreakout- Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) September 15, 2018