Juan Soto Named NL Rookie of the Month for September
The NL Rookie of the Year race just got a lot closer. Juan Soto beat Ronald Acuna Jr. of Atlanta in the Rookie of the Month award for September.
Soto went .283, had six doubles, six home runs, twenty runs batted in, walked sixteen times, and scored fifteen times. The nineteen year old won it for third time this season, beating Acuna for this.
With this third Rookie of the Month win, Soto has become the sixth player to ever win it three or more times, with the most recent player being Aaron Judge winning it four times last season. He joins a list featuring Ichiro in 2001, OF Jason Bay in 2004, Mike Trout in 2012, White Sox 1B Jose Abreu in 2014, and Judge.
This season, Soto hit .292, twenty two home runs, and had seventy RBIs. He also had a .406 on base percentage, and a.517 slugging percentage. His on base plus slugging was a .923, which is incredible for a rookie.
With the regular season over, we’ll just have to wait for the World Series, and then the awards. With the NL Rookie of the Year race already expected to be close, these three Rookie of the Month awards could help Soto.