Every team has that one player, the player that no opposing pitcher wants to face, the player that obliterates every baseball thrown his way. For some teams, it comes in the form of Ronald Acuna Jr, Juan Soto, or Aaron Judge. In the case of the Houston Astros, it comes in the form of Yordan Alvarez, and how does Yordan compare to some of the league’s best? Here’s a look.
Yordan Alvarez made his Major League debut in June 2019 in a game against the Baltimore Orioles, going one for three with a two-run home run. Alvarez would continue his rampage that year and eventually win the American League Rookie of the Year Award.
Since 2019, Alvarez has continued to become one of the best hitters in the sport, and his numbers do not lie. His career stats as of last night’s game are as follows:
71 home runs, .288 batting average, 205 RBIs, .372 on-base percentage, and a slugging percentage of .581.
Now one can sit around and say that Alvarez is the best of the best, but how does he match up with some of today’s talent? Here are three top players in the game and how Yordan compares to them.
Ronald Acuna Jr
Ronald Acuna Jr burst onto the scene in 2018 and immediately made an impact. Acuna hit 26 home runs, drove in 64 runs, and had a batting average of .293, all of which earned him the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
In 2019 he put up a career-high 41 home runs, and 14 in a shortened 2020 season. Acuna suffered a season-ending injury in 2021 that caused him to miss the Braves World Series championship, but even before suffering the injury, he continued to put up good numbers.
Acuna’s career stats are really good for someone who has only been in the league for five years:
107 home runs, .281 batting average, 251 RBIs, an on-base percentage of .376, and a slugging percentage of .548.
Acuna’s stats show that career-wise, he has been statistically better than Alvarez. The only stats the Astros hitter has a leg-up on Acuna are his batting average and slugging percentage.
Both players are fun to watch and dominate in their respective leagues, but this comparison goes to Acuna.
Juan Soto is without a doubt one of the best hitters in the current game of baseball. His incredible 2019 season put him on the map as one of the best, his stats so far in his career are pretty solid:
106 home runs, .298 batting average, 323 RBIs, an on-base percentage of .429, and a slugging percentage of .546.
It is very clear as to who has the better stats of the two, Soto has been electric so far and his career, and while Alvarez is also very good, this one goes to Soto.
Much like the other two players on this list, Aaron Judge also burst onto the scene during his official rookie season in 2017, hitting 52 home runs. Judge has continued to produce for the Yankees, becoming quite dependable in the playoffs. Judge’s career stats are as follows:
170 home runs, .277 batting average, 393 RBIs, an on-base percentage of .385, and a slugging percentage of .559.
Judge has been in the league longer than Alvarez, which is why his stats are better. This one goes to Judge.
Yordan Alvarez is no doubt a rising star, and even though his stats are not as good as the other top talent in the league. He has continued to grow and improve his stats as the years go on.
If Alvarez continues to improve his stats over the course of his career, the Astros should have another Hall of Famer to add to their incredible list of alumni.
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