Juan Soto reminds Howie Kendrick of Mike Trout

Josh Luckenbaugh
February 18, 2019 - 2:02 pm
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Mike Trout is widely regarded as the best player in baseball, a true five-tool superstar who made the All-Star team seven times before turning 27. 

Nationals infielder Howie Kendrick knows Trout well, having played with him on the Angels from 2011-14. And in 20-year old phenom Juan Soto, Kendrick believes he's found a player reminiscent of the two-time MVP. 

"I played with another guy that was just like that and his name was Mike Trout," Kendrick said of Soto Monday, the Nats' full squad report day at spring training. "The guy came in and would play the game, wanted to win every day and had a great attitude every single day. I see a lot of those same similarities with Juan."

Soto launched himself into the conversation as one of baseball's best young players with a breakout rookie season in 2018. As a 19-year old, he finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year race after hitting .292 with 22 home runs, 70 runs batted in. He also set MLB teenage records in OBP (.406), OPS (.923) and walks (79). 

"Probably not as speedy as Trout, but (Soto) does a lot of similar things that Mike does," Kendrick added.

Sure, Soto doesn't steal as many bases as Trout, but he did become the youngest player in MLB history to steal three bases in a single game last year. All in all, Nats fans should be very excited about what the future holds for Juan Soto. 

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