The Astros’ Yuli Gurriel is Very Underrated

Although some may disagree, the Astros’ Yuli Gurriel is very underrated.

In their recent run of success, the Astros have had many faces of their franchise. Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and George Springer are all well-known names around the MLB, as those three have played key roles in their success. However, first baseman Yuli Gurriel played a crucial role in the Astros’ playoff success and is quite underrated. Let’s take a closer look at his stats from last season.

Astros’ Yuli Gurriel is Very Underrated: Gurriel By The Numbers

Yuli Gurriel had a career year in 2019, batting .298 with 31 homers, 104 RBI, with a .884 OPS. The 35-year-old was a Gold Glove finalist, as a supremely underrated defender as well.

Defense:

Gurriel’s scoops are something of a legend around the Astros, and their outstanding defense from their infield. In total, Gurriel had a .996 fielding percentage last season, while playing first base. He’ll continue to be the primary first baseman in the field for Houston in 2020.

At the Plate:

Last year, Yuli Gurriel became the first Astros’ player to drive in eight runs in a game since J.R. Towles did it back in 2007. As with Jose Altuve, Gurriel often hits for high exit velocities on balls batted in play, helping him rack up home runs. Once the season begins, it will be important for him to continue hitting deep flies, if the Astros want to succeed in 2020.

Gurriel has outstanding stats and should be given more recognition for his efforts around the league. Once the season begins, “La Piña” should come out swinging, and play a key role in the Astros’ success.


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