Yasiel Puig so often becomes a storyline–for better or worse–that it’s sometimes tough to focus on strictly his performance for the Dodgers on the field.
Since debuting as a 22-year-old in June of last season Puig has played 249 games and hit .306 with a .387 on-base percentage and .504 slugging percentage.
Among all MLB players with at least 1,000 plate appearances since the beginning of last season Puig ranks eighth in batting average, eighth in on-base percentage, 11th in slugging percentage, and ninth in OPS.
And he’s done that in a pitcher-friendly environment, which is why his adjusted OPS+ ranks fifth during that span behind only Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen, and Paul Goldschmidt. In other words: He’s been one of the half-dozen best hitters in all of baseball since debuting.
But wait, it gets even more impressive. Here’s a list of the top adjusted OPS+ totals since 1950 by outfielders with at least 1,000 plate appearances through age 23:
Mike Trout 167 Albert Pujols 161 Reggie Jackson 156 Mickey Mantle 155 Yasiel Puig 152 Ken Griffey Jr. 146 Willie Mays 146 Hank Aaron 143 Miguel Cabrera 141
Lists don’t get a whole lot more impressive. Puig has been one of the half-dozen best-hitting young outfielders since 1950, alongside a bunch of inner-circle Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers.
Puig is a helluva lot of fun to watch and lord knows he makes for easy sportswriter outrage, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that he’s really, really good.