Juan Soto Hits Two Home Runs to Join Elite Group

It has not even been a full month that Juan Soto has played in the big leagues and he has already done something that just three players previous to him accomplished during the live ball era.

The Washington Nationals rookie, who is just 19, hit two home runs in a 5-4 victory on the road against the New York Yankees on Wednesday to become only the fourth teen to ever hit two or more home runs in one game at the old or new Yankee Stadium.

Soto hit a home run in the fourth and the seventh inning and not since Ken Griffey Jr. smacked a pair of homers in the same game May 30, 1989 has a 19-year accomplished that feat. Griffey Jr. at the time was 19 years, 190 days old, while Soto hit his at 19 years, 231 days old.

Brian McCall, when a teen, hit his only two home runs of his big league career at Yankee Stadium in 1962 on the last day of the regular season.

If one includes the postseason, Soto is the youngest player to hit two or more home runs in the same game at Yankee Stadium since Andrew Jones did it while playing for the Atlanta Braves in the 1996 World Series in Game 1 at the age of 19 years, 180 days.

Soto’s first home run gave Washington the lead 4-3 but the game was tied in the next inning by New York on a Gleyber Torres home run.

Soto changed that in the seventh when he connected on a fastball off Chasen Shreve a southpaw reliever for the Yankees.

Not all went well for the Nationals in the win. Two players were picked off by Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray, his first pickoffs since 2014, and one base runner was doubled up on a lineout double play. One other baserunner was thrown out at second after trying to stretch his single into a double.

Dave Martinez, the manager of the Nationals, called those plays ugly, as his players gave the Yankees five outs and typically if you do that, it is rare you win the game.

Soto started this season in Single-A in the Washington farm system before moving up to Double-A very quickly. He played just 39 games this season in the minors prior to being called up May 20 to the Nationals.

Since that time, he has played nothing short of extraordinary, hitting .344 with 5 homers, 12 RBIs and an OPS of 1.088 through 20 games.