Julio Rodriguez had raised expectations from him as he entered his rookie season, and he was even better than advertised for the Mariners by his first 81 MLB game.

Is Julio the fastest in Seattle Sports to meet expectations?

As expected, there is power for the Rookie Center fielder – especially late – but much more than that. Rodríguez is the legal five-tool player this season and deserves to be among the game’s best players in a few weeks for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game.

Not to mention Rodriguez’s all-star candidacy (Which is very strong as I testify on Monday) But to make a funny comparison that will raise some eyebrows. When you talk about center field where the Mariners play, you want to talk about Hall of Famer Ken Griffi Jr., who is the best player to wear M’s uniform. And Rodriguez is a young and charismatic center fielder with an electric personality, a beautiful swing and a big smile, hard to compare.

While Rodriguez’s Hall of Fame panel will soon be unveiled, it’s unbelievable that Rodriguez’s MLB career began in 1989, similar to Griffith’s rookie season.

So, halfway through his rookie season in the 81 games that 21-year-old Rodriguez has now played, let’s compare him to 19-year-old Griffith’s first 81 games.

Offensive number

In Griffith’s first 81 games (75 starts), he combined the .282 / .346 / .463 slash line, which is good for the .809 OPS. He also reduced the home run to 13 and scored 43 runs.

Rodríguez, meanwhile, is down .275 / .335 / .489 (.824 OPS) in 81 games (80 starts) with 15 home runs and 43 RBIs.

Yes, there are two Too much Close to all three parts of the slash line, Griffith has a very slight edge in batting average and is at base, while Rodriguez is a great slugger to start his career. Rodriguez took 33 extra-base hits in 81 games compared to Griffith’s 26.

Rodriguez has an edge on the bottom of the griffin (11 of 11 in 14 attempts) steals (20 in 24 attempts), while Hall of Famer did a better job of controlling the strike zone (52 strikeouts to 29 walks) than Rodriguez (91 strikeouts). 23 walking).

Notes of war

Griffith was one of the most valuable players of his time, especially at his height in Seattle. Posting 3.3 wars in 127 games in 1989, he quickly established himself as a very valuable player, winning replacement (WAR) in his rookie season.

That’s a lot, Too much Good numbers for players in 127 games, especially for those who enter the league at such a young age. I’ve brought Griffey’s rookie WAR because Rodríguez has already taken that mark from 81 games.

Yes, in 81 games played, Rodriguez averaged 3.5 WAR in baseball context.

Protection and age

When I posted about this topic on Twitter on Sunday after Rodriguez’s 80th career, I saw two common lines regarding Griffith’s age and why what he did in 1989 was more effective than what Rodriguez is doing now.

I’m not here to try to impress you in one way or another, but I do add some references here to show you why those two specific things aren’t necessary for a slam dunk scale-tipper that some might think.

Yes, Griffi played his entire rookie season when he was 19, while Rodriguez played his entire rookie season when he was 21. And yes, Griffith was a 10-time Gold Glove center fielder and the best defensive outfielder of his generation, while Rodriguez, of course, is just starting out. But let’s take a second to back off.

First, in terms of age, yes, what Griffith did in 1989 is remarkable. No one says that. But while Griffith played half of his games in the hitter-friendly kingdom, Rodriguez’s home games are more in the pitcher-friendly T-Mobile Park. In addition, while Griffith faced many fantastic weapons in 1989, the level of material thrown by pitchers, as well as how detailed scouting each pitcher reports on hitters, is very high in today’s game.

Now are any of these qualities appropriate to erase the age difference of two years? I don’t know, and honestly it doesn’t matter. But it’s still interesting to think about.

In terms of defense, Griffith was a salient feature waiting to happen as a cheater, he wasn’t immediately a Gold Glover, some remember him as such. In his daring campaign, Griffith posted a defensive battle of 0.6 – which is great! – and the field had 11 errors to 10 outfield assists.

Rodríguez has only one assist this year and two errors in the middle have been reported. In addition, he has recorded 0.4 defensive tackles through 81 games, giving him a speed of approximately 0.8 dWAR this year.

After his latest blast

Rodriguez hit a home run of 15 against the San Diego Padres on Monday, which made some history.

Per Mariners PR Great Alex Meyer, Rodríguez made MLB history as the fastest player to hit 15 or more home runs with 20 or more stolen bases, surpassing Alice Berks who did so in 82 games. And by the way, home run King Barry Bonds reached 15/20 clubs in 90 games.

Just to repeat

I’m not trying to say that Rodriguez is better than Griffith or that he’s more effective. I’m not saying he’ll reach the heights of Griffith or he’s on his way to becoming the “next Griffi”. But when you look at how good the year of the young Mariners Center fielder is, how can you not see what The Kid did in ’89?

And for Rodriguez, the numbers are comparable to Griffith’s rookie year? That’s pretty good.

Mariners fans, enjoy it. He seems to have just started.

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