Where did Mike Yastrzemski rank among MLB rookies?
Here’s a look at where Mike Yastrzemski ranked among all rookie hitters with 100+ plate appearances:
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.
The San Francisco Giants will be welcoming plenty more exciting young talent in the years to come with a farm system on the rise and lots of high-end prospect talent.