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Nats phenom Soto vaults to top of NL ROY poll

Yankees infielders Torres, Andujar claim top spots in the AL
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Juan Soto has leapt to the top of our National League Rookie of the Year Award poll, and by now, we're long past being surprised by anything the 19-year-old Nationals outfielder -- the youngest player in the Majors -- does.

Meanwhile, Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres got 23 of 34 first-place votes from our Baseball Writers' Association of America members to win the American League poll for the second straight time despite being on the 10-day disabled list due to a hip issue.

Juan Soto has leapt to the top of our National League Rookie of the Year Award poll, and by now, we're long past being surprised by anything the 19-year-old Nationals outfielder -- the youngest player in the Majors -- does.

Meanwhile, Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres got 23 of 34 first-place votes from our Baseball Writers' Association of America members to win the American League poll for the second straight time despite being on the 10-day disabled list due to a hip issue.

Torres' Yankees teammate, third baseman Miguel Andujar, finished second in the AL, with Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, who received seven first-place votes, close behind in third place.

Soto moved up one spot and received 21 of 32 first-place votes to finish in front of Brian Anderson of the Marlins and Walker Buehler of the Dodgers.

In a season in which another wave of young talent has hit the Majors, Soto might be the most remarkable story of all. He made his debut May 20 after playing just 23 games above Class A. But Soto homered in his first start in left field, drew three walks in his second and has shown off a skill set that's scary good.

Since Soto's debut, he's in the top 10 in the NL in an assortment of categories, including OPS, OBP and walks. Entering Tuesday, he had a .530 slugging percentage -- 16th in the NL since his debut -- with 11 doubles and nine home runs in 45 games.

National League ROY Award poll
1. Juan Soto, Nationals (132 points)
Soto is going to force teams to take a second and third look at their player development timetables. Or maybe he's just one of the special ones who comes along every generation or so. Soto leads all NL rookies in OBP, slugging and OPS, and despite playing around 30 fewer games than many rookies, he's third in home runs.

Video: WSH@PHI: Soto collects 4 hits, belts 2 home runs

2. Brian Anderson, Marlins (94)
The Marlins knew if they threw the kids out there and let 'em play, they'd find a few who could be cornerstones for the future. Anderson has been just that. The rookie right fielder has been among the Major League leaders in hitting with runners in scoring position, and he's doing a lot of other things well while splitting time between third base and right field.

Video: MIL@MIA: Anderson sets Marlins record with 100th hit

3. Walker Buehler, Dodgers (15)
The Dodgers won six of Buehler's first nine starts to help turn around their season. He pitched at least six innings and allowed two runs or fewer in four of his five May starts. Buehler is scheduled to return from the disabled list to pitch against the Angels this weekend.

Video: CHC@LAD: Buehler makes return from DL, gets line out

Others receiving votes: Seranthony Dominguez, Yoshihisa Hirano, Tyler Mahle, Harrison Bader, Jack Flaherty, Jesse Winker, Christian Villanueva, Freddy Peralta, Jordan Hicks.

American League ROY Award poll
1. Gleyber Torres, Yankees (143 points)
Torres began Spring Training having played just 55 games above Class A Advanced, but the Yankees kept an open mind and judged him on what they saw and not how much experience he had. He has seldom looked overmatched and has done everything from hit for power (15 home runs), to show plate discipline (.350 OBP) to hold his own defensively.

Video: Gleyber Torres' six 3-run homers

2. Miguel Andujar, Yankees (74)
Andujar offensive game has been everything the Yankees hoped for and then some. Defensively, he has struggled at times, forcing the Yanks to remind themselves that he's only 23. With a dazzling skill set, Andujar has a chance to anchor their lineup for the foreseeable future.

Video: Rookie of the Month: Miguel Andujar

3. Shohei Ohtani, Angels (68)
Before sustaining an injury to his right elbow -- which likely will end his season as a pitcher -- Ohtani was having one of the greatest seasons in history, succeeding as baseball's first true two-way player in 99 years. His role for the rest of the season may be as the Angels' full-time designated hitter. Ohtani hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning of the Halos' 4-3 win over the Dodgers on Sunday, two days after he stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error and scored the tying run in the ninth inning in a 3-2 Angels victory over their cross-town rivals.

Video: LAD@LAA: Ohtani's pinch-hit 108.8-mph, 443-foot homer

Others receiving votes: Ryan Yarbrough, Brad Keller, Max Stassi, Lou Trivino.

Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice.

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