NEW YORK.- The Dominicans Fernando Tatis Jr., of San Diego, and Juan Soto, of the Nationals, lead a group of emerging young people to stardom in the Major Leagues.
In that new litter, Cuban outfielder Luis Robert of the White Sox, Venezuelan outfielder of the Braves Ronald Acuña Jr. and many more stand out.
Tatis Jr. and Soto, both 21, are strong candidates for the NL MVP award.
Tatis Jr. was born with baseball. His love of the game, his instincts and attitude is part of his DNA. “Baseball is part of our culture,” Tatis Jr. said. “It’s part of us.”
Tatis Jr. and Soto are among the most exciting players in baseball and represent the future of the sport.
“We’re hungry for the game,” Tatis Jr. said. “Every time the game is about to start, I tell myself, ‘It’s time to make history.’ So every time I go out on the field, I’m trying to do something special. “
This year, Tatis Jr. is hitting .293 with 15 homers and 40 RBIs in 2020. His future could be even better. According to ZiPS projections, he will hit at least 30 home runs and steal at least 20 bases in seasons between the ages of 22 and 29.
Barry Bonds is the only player with eight 30-20 seasons in Major League history. Ah, but there is more.
Those same ZiPS projections have Tatis driving in 124 runs in each of those eight seasons, which is particularly notable understanding that no one has driven in 120 or more each season between the ages 22 and 29 since the stat became official in 1920. vOnly five players have had at least eight years of 120 RBIs or more in their careers: Lou Gehrig (11), Babe Ruth (11), Alex Rodriguez (9), Joe DiMaggio (8) and Jimmie Foxx (8).
While Soto has a chance to be one of the best hitters in the game. He has 26 3-hitters before his 22nd birthday. He has one more than DiMaggio and Mike Trout, who had 25 each. He also has 67 career homers (and counting), the fourth most before age 22.
His 56 tablazos before the age of 21 equaled him with Tony Conigliaro for the second largest in history. Only Mel Ott (61) had more.
More than 1,000 international prospects, primarily from the Dominican Republic, sign each year. This year, there was a record 109 Dominicans on the Opening Day rosters.
* By MLB.com
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