Bryce who? Soto, Robles homer in Spring Training game against Twins originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com
If Spring Training performances are to be believed, the Nationals have nothing to worry about in a post-Bryce Harper era.
Expectations were already high for both Juan Soto and Victor Robles as the two young stars prepare to replace Harper in the Nationals outfield. Even last September, in what ended up being Harper's final home game, Soto and Robles stole the show. The duo went a combined 6-for-9 that day, with Robles hitting a home run and knocking in five runs. It felt like a fitting way to pass the torch.
Now, they've taken the torch and run with it.
While Spring Training stats aren't exactly the end-all be-all, Soto and Robles have given fans in Florida plenty to cheer about, including a couple more home runs Thursday.
Soto, coming off probably the greatest teenage season in Major League Baseball history, has a slash line of .345/.441/.621 this spring, including two home runs. Robles, an even more highly-rated prospect than Soto, is hitting .375/.475/.594. Soto's OPS is 1.062, Robles' is 1.069.
In general, Spring Training stats aren't nearly as important as how a player actually looks at the plate and in the field. Still, it's nice when the stats and eye test sync up.
These are two young stars with bright futures ahead of them, and with Harper out of the picture, the Nats need their presence to be bright as well. So far this spring, they have been.
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