By Lee Sang-hee] Major League Baseball’s Seattle outfielder Julio Rodriguez (23) proved his astronomical price tag by achieving the first record in Major League Baseball history.
The Seattle Times reported on June 6 (local time) that “Rodriguez has hit 25+ home runs and stolen 25+ bases in his first two major league seasons in a row. It’s a first in major league history.”
Rodriguez hit his 25th solo home run of the season in the fourth inning of a road game against Cincinnati the previous day. He followed that up with his 26th and 27th home runs of the season in the fifth (triple) and seventh (solo) innings against Cincinnati on Saturday. He already has 36 stolen bases on the season.
Rodriguez, a native of the Dominican Republic, turned pro in 2017 when he signed with Seattle at age 16. The signing bonus was $1.75 million. That should tell you something about the expectations for Rodriguez.
With the full support of the Seattle organization, Rodriguez cooled off in the minors before making his major league debut in April of last year, six years after signing. He was just 22 years old.
In his first full year in the big leagues, Rodriguez played a total of 132 games last year, batting .284 with 28 home runs, 75 RBIs, and 25 stolen bases. His on-base percentage and slugging percentage combined for a stellar .853 OPS.토토사이트
Based on these stellar numbers, Rodriguez signed an ultra-lucrative contract with Seattle worth up to $470 million over 18 years. At the time, local media outlets, including the Seattle Times, called the deal “too much too soon.
However, as of June 6, Rodriguez is hitting .285 with 27 home runs, 93 RBIs, and 36 stolen bases in 131 games this year. His OPS is also excellent at .838. He also has 159 hits, which leads the American League in that category.
“Rodriguez has accomplished something no one else in major league history has done at the tender age of 23, but more importantly, his play has propelled Seattle to the postseason for the second straight year,” the publication wrote.
Seattle is 77-61 on the season with a .558 winning percentage and is in second place in the American League West. They are just one game back of first-place Houston, a position that could change at any time. They are also second in the league in the wild card standings behind Tampa Bay. Seattle reached the postseason through the wild card last year, defeating Toronto, but was brought to its knees by Houston in the American League Division Series (ALDS).
“It’s not just me that’s doing well in Seattle, it’s a team effort with my teammates,” Rodriguez told the media, “and what’s good about our team compared to other teams is that we’re not dominated by one player, we’re all doing well together.”