The Washington Nationals are adding another Soto to the organization.
Elian, who turned 16 on Monday, cannot officially sign until January 2023 but the news appears to signal a reversal in course for the younger Soto.
Last week, the New York Post reported that he intended to sign with the New York Mets after he appeared in an Instagram video wearing full Mets gear.
According to The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli, Juan Soto was indeed a factor in his younger brother’s final decision.
Elian, who plays in the Dominican Republic, is a left-handed hitter just like his brother and is an outfielder/third baseman.
Per Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, evaluators rave about Elian’s power while Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. also had this to say: “He hit harder than Juan Soto when he was 15 years old.”
If he is anywhere near as good as his older brother, the Nationals will be in luck.
Juan Soto, 23, was runner up in the NL MVP last year after slugging 29 home runs and leading the majors with 145 walks while posting a slash line of .313/.465/.534.