Drooling over Miguel Sano’s incredible numbers through 50 career games

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I wrote glowingly about Miguel Sano’s great start three weeks ago and his numbers have actually gone up since then. Tuesday night was the 50th game of the Minnesota rookie’s career and he had three hits, including a game-tying home run in the seventh inning as the Wild Card-contending Twins came back to beat the White Sox.

Here are Sano’s numbers through 50 games:

.295 batting average
.403 on-base percentage
.608 slugging percentage
14 homers
13 doubles
33 walks
41 RBIs
32 runs

Extrapolated to 162 games that works out to 45 homers, 42 doubles, 107 walks, and 133 RBIs, so suffice it to say Twins fans are smitten.

Sano strikes out a ton and that may keep him from maintaining a lofty batting average long term, but his ridiculous power has lived up to the prospect hype and his patience at the plate is incredible for a 22-year-old rookie. He lays off borderline strikes like a 15-season veteran, constantly takes pitchers into the deep water of 3-1 and 3-2 counts, and then drowns them with 400-foot homers. It’s been incredible to watch and his arrival on July 2 completely transformed the Twins’ lineup.

My entire Twitter feed has basically turned into Miguel Sano statistical porn, because seemingly every night he’s joining amazing company on various lists. For example–and small sample size caveats apply, of course–here’s a fun list of the top slugging percentages by 22-year-old right-handed hitters in MLB history:

.673 – Joe DiMaggio, 1937
.637 – Jimmie Foxx, 1930
.608 – MIGUEL SANO, 2015
.608 – Giancarlo Stanton, 2012
.587 – Johnny Bench, 1970
.561 – Miguel Cabrera, 2005
.561 – Albert Pujols, 2002
.561 – Mike Trout, 2014
.560 – Alex Rodriguez, 1998
.558 – Hank Aaron, 1956

I need a cigarette.