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Where did Mike Yastrzemski rank among MLB rookies?

Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 26: Mike Yastrzemski #5 of the San Francisco Giants hits a single that scored a run in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on September 26, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski was one of the biggest surprises of the season for the San Francisco Giants. Where did he rank among all MLB rookies?

As they cast a wide net in the search for low-cost talent, the San Francisco Giants acquired outfielder Mike Yastrzemski from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for right-hander Tyler Herb on March 23, 2019.

It was a deal that hardly registered at the national level, but it wound up being one of the best under-the-radar pickups of the season.

The Orioles selected Yastrzemski in the 14th round of the 2013 draft as a senior sign out of Vanderbilt, and he had spent parts of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons playing at the Triple-A level.

He hit a modest .250/.339/.414 with 28 doubles and 10 home runs in 491 plate appearances in the upper levels of the minors in 2018, but new team president Farhan Zaidi saw something in him.

Back at Triple-A to open 2019, Yastrzemski hit .316/.414/.676 with 11 doubles and 12 home runs in 40 games before making his MLB debut at the age of 28 on May 25.

While others had struggled to carry over their Triple-A success, Yastrzemski kept raking, and he ended up being one of the most productive rookie hitters in all of baseball.

Ahead we took a look at where he ranked statistically among the 62 rookie hitters who recorded at least 100 plate appearances in 2019.