Where did Mike Yastrzemski rank among MLB rookies?

By Joel Reuter
Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – JULY 17: Mike Yastrzemski #5 of the San Francisco Giants watches the flight of a fifth-inning double against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Here’s a look at where Mike Yastrzemski ranked among all rookie hitters with 100+ plate appearances:

PA: 411—13th
BA: .272—14th
OBP: .334—20th
SLG: .518—9th
OPS: .852—10th
OPS+: 123—t-10th
H: 101—t-13th
2B: 22—t-10th
HR: 21—t-6th
RBI: 55—10th
R: 64—8th
WAR: 2.8—t-11th

While Pete Alonso (148 OPS+, 53 HR, 120 RBI) seems destined to take home NL Rookie of the Year honors, Yastrzemski still finished third among NL rookies with 21 home runs.

For someone who had never hit more than 15 home runs during any minor league season, his power production was a pleasant surprise, to say the least.

Aside from that offensive production, Yastrzemski was also a standout defender in the outfield, tallying 8 DRS and 1.2 UZR/150 in 821 innings in the outfield.

He may have been on the older end of the rookie spectrum, but it looks like Yastrzemski has carved out a long-term role with the San Francisco Giants as they continue on with the rebuilding process.

Finishing 10th in OPS+ and sixth in home runs among all rookies in a deep and talented rookie class speaks volumes to what a productive debut he had in 2019.

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