The last time “Esa Muchacha” was mentioned was when Juan Soto went to the plate on Monday night when he turned a 95 MPH pitch from New York Mets ace Max Scherzer into a hit. depth of the middle moon. Later, Soto got to enjoy his last home run as a National, but Scherzer was the pitcher on the other side of that duel as another cup in the neck.
From time to time Howie Kendrick hit a home run to right field in the top of the 7th inning of the 2019 World Series, the front office looked to finish. Jay Gatsby’s downfall is a slow trickle compared to Natsby’s torpedoing of poverty. In three years since that 2019 crescendo, the clubhouse has been demolished.
From Ryan Zimmerman to Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Trea Turner, Anthony Rendon, and finally Soto, the Washington Nationals’ reservoir of phenoms believes the good times will last. The trade deadline is on Tuesday, the The Nationals traded Soto and first baseman Josh Bell to the San Diego Padres for a bushel of ideas. Although he was one of the last Nationals from the opulent team 2019 lineup, Soto is the subject of continuity that started their first season in DC Since the franchise, it was seen as a future star on the wall. There is only one degree of separation between Soto and First Nation, Ryan Zimmerman, who was promoted to the majors 86 days after becoming the team’s first choice.
The 2019 season began with Scott Boras signing Harper to the Phillies. After winning the World Series, Rendon jumped on a seven-year, $245 million offer from the Angels. Zimmerman will retire in 2021 after 17 years with the company. A year ago, the Nats packed their rosterrunning Road Running Trea Turner and Max Scherzer of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the trade, they gave Scherzer who went 92-47 with a 2.80 ERA, won a trio of Cy Youngs, and established a host of hitters in seven seasons. Turner’s trade is a future for Soto. Turner is coming off a season in which he won the NL batting title, hit 28 dingers, led the NL in stolen bases for the second straight season, and is still under control. of the company for a year and a half. Likewise, Soto will be controlled by the Padres for the next three seasons.
Now, the Nats’ biggest shortstop is bone dry. Their top prospect in the minors before the Padres trade was a right-handed pitcher ranked outside the top 40 by MLB.com. Soto trade in the Padres turned on the faucet on, but the ideas put into megadeals are a mixed bag. Left-hander MacKenzie Gore had the best Soto sales and Robert Hassell III was 21st best.
Unfortunately, the Lerner family’s buyout makes the future of the Nationals even worse. Maybe they’ll come back with a billionaire ready to truly challenge their homegrown superstars. Anthony Rendon asked for too much after the 2019 season, but one wonders if the Nats will soon leave the Soto-Turner-Scherzer era. Rebuilding for another run is worth the trouble.
Stephen Strasburg as a strong ace on the staff, but he has been on IR long enough to buy a property there before being hired, only eight starts since 2019. ok, so it is not a seismic letdown. His survival until 2019 is a medical miracle.
Harper got the Freddy Adu treatment when the team made him the no-duh first-round pick in 2010, but with a much happier outcome. Even after Harper flew to the Phillies before the 2019 season, the Nationals were very confident in their new youngster.
Soto ascended to a franchise cornerstone more easily than Harper or Strasburg. His promotion to the majors is a footnote because he is the youngest neophyte in MLB. Robles, two World Cups before Soto, it is considered the highest point of the agricultural system.
Harper already has six All-Star appearances, Rookie of the Year, and an NL MVP award at age 23. Soto could be better in the long run. At the age of 23, he hit his last home run, in which he was just starting the Home Run Derby.
Soto is the ultimate phenom and the Nats may be missing the depth of the NL East for a while.
They may return next spring like DC’s iconic cherry blossoms, but for now, DC’s roots need to be replanted. T saidthe era of prosperity is over.