Juan Soto doesn’t plan on being tempted by Yankee Stadium’s short porch

Juan Soto hasn't played much at Yankee Stadium, but he's seen enough to know how attractive the short right-field porch is for left-handed hitters.

The new Yankees aren't going to let his at-bat change his plans.

“We all know there's a very short porch there and that's going to be a concern, but definitely I'm going to try to maintain the same approach that we've had,” Soto said Tuesday. He spoke during a Zoom introductory call. . “That's what got me to where I am now. So I don't see any reason to change. I'm going to try to do the same thing.

“If I have a chance to pull any ball and hit it that way, that's fine by me. But my strength is in left-center, so that's what I'm going to aim for.”

Soto's approach worked well for him during his first six years in the big leagues.

He is a career hitter with a career batting average of .284, on-base percentage of .421, and OPS of .946.

Juan Soto looks at the home run he hit at Yankee Stadium last season. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

His hallmark is his plate discipline, but he is also known for using every part of the field and not pulling too hard.

Still, Soto looked comfortable enough in limited action in the Bronx.

Soto batted .261 with a 1.219 OPS in seven games as a visitor at Yankee Stadium, including four home runs out of six hits in 28 at-bats.

“It's a great ballpark,” he said. “It's a great batter's box. It feels great to stand in there. That's just the way it is. It feels good to be in there. I had a chance to throw some really good pitches in the strike zone to do some damage and I felt good all day. We were able to do that at the end. …That's just what happens when you just focus and try to put the ball in play. You're not trying to hit a home run, you're just trying to hit a low line drive up the middle. I’m just here.”

When asked what he enjoyed most about playing in New York as a visitor, Soto cited seeing his family. He has uncles and friends from the Dominican Republic who currently live in New York. And afterward, he spoke of his excitement to play in front of New York's large Dominican community. Bronx.

“It's definitely a great atmosphere and it's a great feeling to play in that stadium in New York,” Soto said. “The fans, the crowd are really great.

The Yankees acquired Juan Soto in a trade with the Padres on Wednesday.
The Yankees acquired Juan Soto in a trade with the Padres on Wednesday. Getty Images

“I'm really looking forward to stepping on that field and seeing how much energy these guys can bring to the ballpark,” he added. “I think it's going to be pretty awesome. It was pretty cool to see them from the other side, but I can't even imagine what it's going to be like to be on the same side and hear the cheers.”



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