Following a month in which he hit .283 (28-for-99) with six doubles, six homers, 20 RBI, 16 walks and 15 runs scored in 26 games, Nationals outfielder Juan Soto was named the National League Rookie of the Month for September on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.
Soto, 19, led National League rookies in home runs (6), doubles (6), RBI (20) and walks (T1st, 16). He hit safely in 17 of the 26 games and reached base safely in 22 of the 26 games, including a 10-game hitting streak and a 21-game on-base streak.
During Soto’s fourth full month in the Major Leagues, he hit four homers in a span of four games, including his third career multi-home run game on September 11. His three multi-homer games are the most by a teenager in Major League history. His September performance included three stolen bases on September 15 at Atlanta, when he went 1-for-2 with one RBI, three walks, three stolen bases and two runs scored. He became the youngest player since 1900 to steal three bases in a single game.
This is the third monthly award for Soto, who won back-to-back National League Rookie of the Month Awards for June and July. Soto becomes the first player in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to win three National League Rookie of the Month Awards.This award is the eighth National League Rookie of the Month award in Nationals history (2005-pres.), Soto’s June and July award, as well as Trea Turner (Sept./Oct. 2016, Aug. 2016), Bryce Harper (Sept./Oct. 2012, May 2012) and Ryan Church (May 2005).
This award marks the 10th award taken home by a Nationals player so far in 2018: