Category Archives: under 25

Mike Trout’s Staggering Short Career

Mike Trout has tied Vernon Wells for career Wins*.

Wells has five-thousand more plate appearances than Trout.

The young Angel in Anaheim has surpassed the following center fielders in career Wins:

*WAR according to FanGraphs

Line Drive Hitting Infielders

Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham hit over 20 doubles in each of his first five seasons.  While not great power this is solid line drive hitting for a young middle-infielder.

Beckham is the first second baseman, shortstop or third baseman to accomplish this since Dan Uggla.  Before him only Robinson Cano had gone over 20 doubles in their first five years with careers entirely in the past decade.

Here is the full list of players in MLB history with 21+ doubles in each of their first five seasons (among infielders, non-first baseman):

1 Gordon Beckham 5 2009 2013
2 Dan Uggla 5 2006 2010
3 Robinson Cano 5 2005 2009
4 David Eckstein 5 2001 2005
5 Deivi Cruz 5 1997 2001
6 Ray Durham 5 1995 1999
7 Mike Lansing 5 1993 1997
8 Roberto Alomar 5 1988 1992
9 Robby Thompson 5 1986 1990
10 Carney Lansford 5 1978 1982
11 Rick Burleson 5 1974 1978
12 Glenn Beckert 5 1965 1969
13 Don Buddin 5 1956 1961
14 Eddie Mathews 5 1952 1956
15 Johnny Pesky 5 1942 1949
16 Joe Gordon 5 1938 1942
17 Harlond Clift 5 1934 1938
18 Tony Cuccinello 5 1930 1934
19 Pinky Whitney 5 1928 1932
20 Bill Regan 5 1926 1930
21 Tony Lazzeri 5 1926 1930
22 Willie Kamm 5 1923 1927
23 Del Pratt 5 1912 1916
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Generated 4/29/2014.

Power Hitting Catchers

After averaging 36 HR’s and 39 doubles in two short seasons in the minor leagues the Seattle Mariners have inserted Mike Zunino into their starting lineup.

Take a look at this long bomb he hit last night.

Zunino reminds me of former slugging catchers Mike Stanley and Mickey Tettleton.  At 23 years old and with power like this I would think they are set at receiver for at least the next five years.

 

Relievers with 100 Strikeouts in 2013

St. Louis Cardinals youngster Trevor Rosenthal is one of just five major league relief pitchers who compiled 100 strikeouts this season…

Rk

Player

SO

Tm

G

IP

1

Aroldis Chapman

112

CIN

68

63.2

2

Kenley Jansen

111

LAD

75

76.2

3

Trevor Rosenthal

108

STL

74

75.1

4

Greg Holland

103

KCR

68

67.0

5

Koji Uehara

101

BOS

73

74.1

Is Eric Hosmer’s Power Surge Legit?

In case you missed Eric Hosmer‘s crazy Bigfly last night here it is.

After beginning the 2013 season with just one HR in his first 223 at bats the former first round draft pick has been banging HR’s with a flurry in the last 2 months.  In Hosmer’s last 243 AB’s (58 games) he has pounded 13 long balls.  The Royals first baseman is slugging at a .550 clip during this time as well.

I think this is what the Royals management had in mind when they picked Hosmer ahead of Buster Posey, Justin Smoak and Ike Davis in the 2008 MLB draft.  At 23 years of age I do believe this power surge is a sign of things to come.

Emerging Young Hitters Since the ASG

Eight big league batters have posted a .450 On-Base Percentage since the 2013 all-star game. To little surprise we have Mike Trout, Yasiel Puig and Joey Votto among the elite hitters.

There are more interesting names among the leaders.  Of course this is a small sample size (3 weeks of games), but I want to give Astros, Mets and Cubs fans something to be happy about.

Rk

Tm

G

H

BB

BA

OBP ▾

SLG

1

Mike Trout

Los Angeles

21

26

22

.382

.543

.647

2

Wil Myers

Tampa Bay

16

25

10

.431

.507

.741

3

Jayson Werth

Washington

20

24

12

.393

.500

.705

4

Ike Davis

New York

20

17

17

.327

.493

.538

5

Yasiel Puig

Los Angeles

19

26

13

.356

.472

.575

6

Joey Votto

Cincinnati

20

25

15

.362

.471

.565

7

Welington Castillo

Chicago

17

16

12

.327

.468

.449

8

Robbie Grossman

Houston

11

17

4

.415

.467

.707

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Generated 8/10/2013.

The Claw and His Crazy ERA

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw turned 25 years old this past March. This season the young lefty surpassed the 1,000 career strikeout mark.  He is just the 16th pitcher in MLB history to total 1,000 strikeouts by age 25.

Here are the top five of this select class ranked by Adjusted ERA+:

Rk

Player

ERA+

SO

From

To

Age

G

Tm

1

Walter Johnson

176

1461

1907

1913

19-25

273

WSH

2

Clayton Kershaw

144

1135

2008

2013

20-25

174

LAD

3

Hal Newhouser

141

1120

1939

1946

18-25

261

DET

4

Christy Mathewson

138

1198

1901

1906

20-25

249

NYG

5

Bob Feller

136

1233

1936

1941

17-22

205

CLE

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Generated 8/1/2013.

Nationals Top Reliever, Good & Lucky This Year

Tyler Clippard

Tyler Clippard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Overall, I really like Washington Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard.  He has shown good stuff ever since he was forced to make six starts for the playoff bound 2007 Yankees as a 22-year old.  The Joe Torre led Yanks won 5 of his 6 starts by the way.

What caught my eye today about Clippard is his Hits Allowed/Balls in Play (aka BAbip).  Over the last five years his K rate has been very steady between 10-11 SO/9 but his HA/BiP has jumped all over the place.

Clippard and the Nats have been lucky (or their defense good) this year.  His Hits/BiP dropped from 26% in 2012 to just 19% so far in ’13.  See his annual chart below:

Year

Tm

G

BB

SO

BAbip

2009

WSN

41

32

67

.201

2010

WSN

78

41

112

.288

2011

WSN

72

26

104

.201

2012

WSN

74

29

84

.264

2013

WSN

42

17

46

.185

MLB Averages

.298

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Generated 7/20/2013.

Erstad vs Trout, a dozen years apart

Once upon a time there was a young Angels outfielder who had a dynamite offensive and defensive season.

His name was Darin Erstad and the year was 2000. His WAR was a spectacular +9 (just one win behind Mike Trout‘s legendary 2012).

Year   Age  Tm   G  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG
2000    26 ANA 157 676 121 240 39  6 25 100 28  8 64 82  .355 .409 .541
2012    20 LAA 139 559 129 182 27  8 30  83 49  5 67 139 .326 .399 .564

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Their stats above are pretty comparable.  Erstad batted 29 points higher with more doubles but Trout walked more, stole more bases and supplied more home-run power.

They were each clearly the best fielders on their team and both deserved gold gloves.  Also they were both managed by Mike Scioscia (Erstad in Mike’s first big league season as skipper).

Baseball people project Trout to be an all-time great and rightly so.  Unfortunately there is always a chance that he could peak a bit too early like so many projected greats have before.  Let’s hope not.

Colby Rasmus Joins An Exclusive Club

Most HR’s in a single season with a Slugging Pct of .400 or below.

Rk

Player

HR ▾

SLG

Year

Tm

BA

OBP

1

Aaron Hill

26

.394

2010

TOR

.205

.271

2

Tony Batista

26

.393

2003

BAL

.235

.270

3

Rob Deer

25

.386

1991

DET

.179

.314

4

Joe Carter

24

.391

1990

SDP

.232

.290

5

Colby Rasmus

23

.400

2012

TOR

.223

.289

6

Brooks Robinson

23

.395

1969

BAL

.234

.298

7

Dale Murphy

23

.394

1978

ATL

.226

.284

8

Kevin Maas

23

.390

1991

NYY

.220

.333