I should probably wait until the end of the year but I’m just blown away by the number of magnificent rookie home run hitters this year. It looked for a while that Aaron Judge had no chance to catch Mark McGwire’s historic rookie record of 49 home runs but Judge has gone crazy and blew by Big Mac.
Hoskins doesn’t even show up on my list because I set the criteria for 20 and he has only eighteen. Hoskins hasn’t hit a home run since Sept 14th and thus you stopped hearing of his daily most home runs in fewest games ever played. That has been taken up by Matt Olson who already has twenty-four home runs in just 216 plate appearances.
I’ll do more on Olson at the end of the year but the number of players in baseball history who have hit at least twenty home runs in less than 250 plate appearances is a very very very small list.
oh heck, let’s do it now. Below is the list of every single major league baseball player who has hit at least 20 home runs who ended the year with less than 250 plate appearances.
Player HR PA Year Age OPS Pos Matt Olson 24 216 2017 23 1.003 *39/H Gary Sanchez 20 229 2016 23 1.032 *2D
Told you is was a very small list. It should not be a surprise that each of them were rookies as the only way you could be on this list is if you were brought up late in the season, or started off hot and broke.
Below is the list of every single rookie in 2017 who has hit at least 20 home runs.
Player HR Age Tm PA OPS Pos Aaron Judge 50 25 NYY 661 1.040 *9/DH Cody Bellinger 39 21 LAD 531 .948 *37/9H8D Matt Davidson 26 26 CHW 432 .721 *D53H Hunter Renfroe 25 25 SDP 463 .758 *9/HD Paul DeJong 24 23 STL 425 .843 *64/H Josh Bell 24 24 PIT 599 .790 *3H/D Trey Mancini 24 25 BAL 571 .829 *73D/H9 Matt Olson 24 23 OAK 216 1.003 *39/H Ian Happ 22 22 CHC 397 .832 847H9/5 Andrew Benintendi 20 22 BOS 642 .790 *78/H
I feel I know most of the baseball players who are going to impact a season and I had little idea that Paul DeJong, Trey Mancini, or Matt Olson would be having any impact much less the major impacts they have had on the season.
For context here is the list for 2016:
One seems different than the other.
Player HR PA Age OPS Pos Trevor Story (RoY-4th) 27 415 23 .909 *6/H Corey Seager (RoY-1st) 26 687 22 .877 *6/H Tommy Joseph 21 347 24 .813 *3H Nomar Mazara (RoY-5th) 20 568 21 .739 *97H/D Gary Sanchez (RoY-2nd) 20 229 23 1.032 *2D Ryan Schimpf 20 330 28 .869 *45/H7
How about 2015?
Player HR PA Age OPS Pos Kris Bryant (RoY-1st) 26 650 23 .858 *5/789HD3 Joc Pederson (RoY-6th) 26 585 23 .763 *8H Justin Bour (RoY-5th) 23 446 27 .800 *3H/D Carlos Correa (RoY-1st) 22 432 20 .857 *6
One thing is the same. The Dodgers have had at least one rookie hit at least 20 home runs in each of the last three years.