On July 2, just a few days before the All-Star voting was set to close, Philadelphia Phillies’ closer Jonathan Papelbon expressed his disgust at the idea of the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ rookie sensation Yasiel Puig being an All-Star.
Papelbon is quoted saying the whole idea is “an absolute joke.” Puig fans scoff at the pitcher’s comments and tell him to turn to the statistics for better insight. So, that is what we will do.
The Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout went on a rampage in the early parts of the 2012 MLB season. Trout tore through opposing pitching with a powerful bat and lightning-quick base running. Coupled with his sensational defensive plays, he was an easy selection for the 2012 All-Star game.
Dodger fans have been frantically writing in Puig’s name for the 2013 All Star game as his late arrival to the majors did not give him time to be put on the ballot. There have been heated arguments about whether or not the 22-year-old Cuban rookie deserves to be in the All Star Game. Some say he has not put in enough time and needs prove himself over the long run. Others argue that his astronomical numbers merit him a spot on the team.
With Puig having only 27 games in his major league career, I will compare his stats to just the first 27 games of Trout’s breakout season.
With each having exactly 106 At Bats, Trout beat out or tied Puig in a few of the main statistical categories. These categories are doubles, triples, stolen bases and walks. The PuigManBear, as he is affectionately called, had better totals in eight different categories. Puig’s batting average is 141 points higher than Trout’s – that’s a difference of about one half of Pablo Sandoval.
Puig also had a higher OBP and slugging percentage by 94 and 254 points respectively. Trout only hit half as many home runs, had less RBI and more strikeouts.
Statistically speaking, Yasiel Puig is much more an All-Star at this point than Mike Trout had been. This is not even accounting for the “wow factor” that Puig brings to the field every single night. His aggressive base running and cannon for an arm stun crowds across America.
After winning the NL Player and Rookie of the Month for June, the simplest summary I can conclude with is this: write Puig in!