Rougned Odor, Member of the Elite Club

On Sunday, the Rangers’ second baseman went 1-for-4 in team’s 3-1 victory against the Royals, and on Wednesday, he became the youngest player in MLB history to notch a grand slam in a dominant Texas victory over Seattle. The Venezuelan middle infielder has now piled up over 300 plate appearances in his rookie season. A rookie having a 300 PA season itself  doesn’t seem that rare and impressive. In fact, there are 16 rookies, including Odor, with 300 or more PA in 2014 as of this writing. But considering Odor, whom we call “Roogie,” won’t turn 21 until February, what he’s doing this season is quite an accomplishment.

Tony Gutierrez/AP
Tony Gutierrez/AP

Let me show you some of Odor’s career stats:

  • AVG/OBP/SLG: .248/.282/.376
  • Home runs: 6
  • BB/K: 11/56
  • Beers purchased legally in the States: 0

Yes, he’s that young. Had he attended a college in the U.S, he would’ve just started his junior year. Remember what you were doing when you were his age? Probably not as impressive as yanking 6 long balls in the big leagues.  Not many other 20-year-olds have done what Odor’s done in 2014.

 

Below is a list of players 20 or younger with at least 300 PA in a season since World War II, sorted by the greatest OPS+:

Rk Player OPS+ ▾ PA Year Age Tm Lg G H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS BA OBP SLG
1 Mike Trout 168 639 2012 20 LAA AL 139 182 27 8 30 67 139 6 49 5 .326 .399 .564
2 Al Kaline 162 681 1955 20 DET AL 152 200 24 8 27 82 57 5 6 8 .340 .421 .546
3 Mickey Mantle 162 626 1952 20 NYY AL 142 171 37 7 23 75 111 0 4 1 .311 .394 .530
4 Alex Rodriguez 161 677 1996 20 SEA AL 146 215 54 1 36 59 104 4 15 4 .358 .414 .631
5 Frank Robinson 143 667 1956 20 CIN NL 152 166 27 6 38 64 95 20 8 4 .290 .379 .558
6 Tony Conigliaro 137 444 1964 19 BOS AL 111 117 21 2 24 35 78 5 2 4 .290 .354 .530
7 Ken Griffey 136 666 1990 20 SEA AL 155 179 28 7 22 63 81 2 16 11 .300 .366 .481
8 Tony Conigliaro 133 585 1965 20 BOS AL 138 140 21 5 32 51 116 5 4 2 .269 .338 .512
9 Bryce Harper 133 497 2013 20 WSN NL 118 116 24 3 20 61 94 5 11 4 .274 .368 .486
10 Jason Heyward 131 623 2010 20 ATL NL 142 144 29 5 18 91 128 10 11 6 .277 .393 .456
11 Vada Pinson 129 706 1959 20 CIN NL 154 205 47 9 20 55 98 1 21 6 .316 .371 .509
12 Orlando Cepeda 125 643 1958 20 SFG NL 148 188 38 4 25 29 84 3 15 11 .312 .342 .512
13 Bob Horner 124 359 1978 20 ATL NL 89 86 17 1 23 24 42 2 0 0 .266 .313 .539
14 Willie Mays 120 523 1951 20 NYG NL 121 127 22 5 20 57 60 2 7 4 .274 .356 .472
15 Claudell Washington 119 635 1975 20 OAK AL 148 182 24 7 10 32 80 5 40 15 .308 .345 .424
16 Bryce Harper 118 597 2012 19 WSN NL 139 144 26 9 22 56 120 2 18 6 .270 .340 .477
17 Giancarlo Stanton 118 396 2010 20 FLA NL 100 93 21 1 22 34 123 2 5 2 .259 .326 .507
18 Mickey Mantle 117 386 1951 19 NYY AL 96 91 11 5 13 43 74 0 8 7 .267 .349 .443
19 Johnny Bench 116 607 1968 20 CIN NL 154 155 40 2 15 31 96 2 1 5 .275 .311 .433
20 Cesar Cedeno 114 377 1970 19 HOU NL 90 110 21 4 7 15 57 2 17 4 .310 .340 .451
21 Eddie Mathews 113 593 1952 20 BSN NL 145 128 23 5 25 59 115 1 6 4 .242 .320 .447
22 Butch Wynegar 109 622 1976 20 MIN AL 149 139 21 2 10 79 63 2 0 0 .260 .356 .363
23 Ken Griffey 108 506 1989 19 SEA AL 127 120 23 0 16 44 83 2 16 7 .264 .329 .420
24 Clint Hurdle 108 481 1978 20 KCR AL 133 110 25 5 7 56 84 1 1 3 .264 .348 .398
25 Justin Upton 107 417 2008 20 ARI NL 108 89 19 6 15 54 121 4 1 4 .250 .353 .463
26 Ruben Sierra 107 411 1986 20 TEX AL 113 101 13 10 16 22 65 1 7 8 .264 .302 .476
27 Joe Torre 106 441 1961 20 MLN NL 113 113 21 4 10 28 60 4 3 5 .278 .330 .424
28 Miguel Cabrera 106 346 2003 20 FLA NL 87 84 21 3 12 25 84 2 0 2 .268 .325 .468
29 Roberto Alomar 105 611 1988 20 SDP NL 143 145 24 6 9 47 83 3 24 6 .266 .328 .382
30 Hank Aaron 104 509 1954 20 MLN NL 122 131 27 6 13 28 39 3 2 2 .280 .322 .447
31 Edgar Renteria 103 471 1996 19 FLA NL 106 133 18 3 5 33 68 2 16 2 .309 .358 .399
32 Manny Machado 102 710 2013 20 BAL AL 156 189 51 3 14 29 113 2 6 7 .283 .314 .432
33 Adrian Beltre 102 614 1999 20 LAD NL 152 148 27 5 15 61 105 6 18 7 .275 .352 .428
34 Rick Manning 101 535 1975 20 CLE AL 120 137 16 5 3 44 62 2 19 11 .285 .347 .358
35 Starlin Castro 100 506 2010 20 CHC NL 125 139 31 5 3 29 71 6 10 8 .300 .347 .408
36 Ed Kranepool 100 461 1964 19 NYM NL 119 108 19 4 10 32 50 2 0 1 .257 .310 .393
37 Cesar Cedeno 97 649 1971 20 HOU NL 161 161 40 6 10 25 102 3 20 9 .264 .293 .398
38 Buddy Bell 97 505 1972 20 CLE AL 132 119 21 1 9 34 29 3 5 6 .255 .310 .363
39 Ron Santo 97 382 1960 20 CHC NL 95 87 24 2 9 31 44 0 0 3 .251 .311 .409
40 Bill Mazeroski 96 568 1957 20 PIT NL 148 149 27 7 8 27 49 1 3 3 .283 .318 .407
41 Boog Powell 95 441 1962 20 BAL AL 124 97 13 2 15 38 79 2 1 1 .243 .311 .398
42 Ed Kranepool 94 575 1965 20 NYM NL 153 133 24 4 10 39 71 2 1 4 .253 .303 .371
43 Andruw Jones 93 467 1997 20 ATL NL 153 92 18 1 18 56 107 4 20 11 .231 .329 .416
44 Robin Yount 90 607 1975 19 MIL AL 147 149 28 2 8 33 69 1 12 4 .267 .307 .367
45 Alan Trammell 89 504 1978 20 DET AL 139 120 14 6 2 45 56 2 3 1 .268 .335 .339
46 Rickey Henderson 88 398 1979 20 OAK AL 89 96 13 3 1 34 39 2 33 11 .274 .338 .336
47 Ivan Rodriguez 87 454 1992 20 TEX AL 123 109 16 1 8 24 73 1 0 0 .260 .300 .360
48 Rusty Staub 84 585 1963 19 HOU NL 150 115 17 4 6 59 58 5 0 0 .224 .309 .308
49 Oscar Gamble 84 305 1970 20 PHI NL 88 72 12 4 1 27 37 1 5 4 .262 .330 .345
50 Rougned Odor 83 302 2014 20 TEX AL 84 70 9 5 5 11 55 4 2 5 .251 .286 .373
51 Bob Bailey 82 640 1963 20 PIT NL 154 130 15 3 12 58 98 5 10 9 .228 .303 .328
52 Elvis Andrus 82 541 2009 20 TEX AL 145 128 17 8 6 40 77 6 33 6 .267 .329 .373
53 Gary Sheffield 82 405 1989 20 MIL AL 95 91 18 0 5 27 33 4 10 6 .247 .303 .337
54 Curt Flood 81 461 1958 20 STL NL 121 110 17 2 10 31 56 4 2 12 .261 .317 .382
55 Edgar Renteria 80 691 1997 20 FLA NL 154 171 21 3 4 45 108 4 32 15 .277 .327 .340
56 Al Kaline 80 535 1954 19 DET AL 138 139 18 3 4 22 45 0 9 5 .276 .305 .347
57 Cass Michaels 80 330 1946 20 CHW AL 91 75 8 0 1 29 36 4 9 3 .258 .333 .296
58 Robin Yount 79 364 1974 18 MIL AL 107 86 14 5 3 12 46 1 7 7 .250 .276 .346
59 Cass Michaels 78 499 1945 19 CHW AL 129 109 8 5 2 37 28 3 8 7 .245 .307 .299
60 Rusty Staub 78 320 1964 20 HOU NL 89 63 10 2 8 21 31 3 1 1 .216 .272 .346
61 Roberto Clemente 77 501 1955 20 PIT NL 124 121 23 11 5 18 60 2 2 5 .255 .284 .382
62 Robin Yount 76 690 1976 20 MIL AL 161 161 19 3 2 38 69 0 16 11 .252 .292 .301
63 Bob Didier 76 397 1969 20 ATL NL 114 90 16 1 0 34 39 0 1 3 .256 .321 .307
64 Jurickson Profar 76 324 2013 20 TEX AL 85 67 11 0 6 26 63 5 2 4 .234 .308 .336
65 Ted Simmons 74 324 1970 20 STL NL 82 69 8 2 3 37 37 2 2 2 .243 .333 .317
66 Lloyd Moseby 73 430 1980 20 TOR AL 114 89 24 1 9 25 85 4 4 6 .229 .281 .365
67 Eddie Yost 71 485 1947 20 WSH AL 115 102 17 3 0 45 57 2 3 5 .238 .314 .292
68 Ken Hubbs 70 716 1962 20 CHC NL 160 172 24 9 5 35 129 3 3 7 .260 .299 .346
69 Dalton Jones 67 401 1964 20 BOS AL 118 86 16 4 6 22 38 1 6 3 .230 .274 .342
70 Bobby Del Greco 60 385 1952 19 PIT NL 99 74 14 2 1 38 70 3 6 5 .217 .301 .279
71 Putsy Caballero 59 382 1948 20 PHI NL 113 86 12 1 0 24 18 0 7 .245 .293 .285
72 Tim Foli 59 312 1971 20 NYM NL 97 65 12 2 0 18 50 1 5 0 .226 .272 .281
73 Ted Kazanski 52 392 1953 19 PHI NL 95 78 17 5 2 26 53 3 1 1 .217 .275 .308
74 Jack Heidemann 51 495 1970 20 CLE AL 133 94 14 2 6 34 88 2 2 4 .211 .265 .292
75 Danny Ainge 50 331 1979 20 TOR AL 87 73 7 1 2 12 58 2 1 0 .237 .269 .286
76 Tony Bartirome 48 386 1952 20 PIT NL 124 78 10 3 0 26 37 0 3 3 .220 .273 .265
77 Jose Oquendo 42 353 1983 19 NYM NL 120 70 7 0 1 19 60 2 8 9 .213 .260 .244
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/25/2014.

This is quite a long list, but lots of impressive names are on it.  There have been 77 instances by 65 players. Mickey Mantle and Al Kaline – who have their plaques displayed in Cooperstown – had 2 such seasons. Fellow Hall of Famer Robin Yount had 3. Bryce Harper is on his way to a 3rd such campaign in his young career. Rougned Odor is among some of the game’s greatest players, along with his colleagues Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar.

Roogie’s 82 OPS+ to date may not astound you, as it ranks on the top of the bottom third of the list. But, do you see some of the names below him? Two rows below him is his current double-play partner, Andrus. Gary Sheffield is a borderline Hall of Famer. Rusty Staub also had a borderline Hall of Fame career. You may or may not have heard of Robert Clemente. They weren’t what they were in their prime from the beginning.

 

Let’s take a look at another Play Index list. This time, players who played at least 70%  at 2B, with at least 300 PA in age 20 or younger seasons since 1914, sorted by the greatest OPS+:

Rk Player OPS+ PA Year Age Tm Lg G H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS BA OBP SLG Pos
1 Roberto Alomar 105 611 1988 20 SDP NL 143 145 24 6 9 47 83 3 24 6 .266 .328 .382 *4/H
2 Bill Mazeroski 96 568 1957 20 PIT NL 148 149 27 7 8 27 49 1 3 3 .283 .318 .407 *4/H
3 Frankie Gustine 94 565 1940 20 PIT NL 133 147 32 7 1 35 39 2 7 .281 .328 .374 *4/H
4 Bobby Doerr 86 589 1938 20 BOS AL 145 147 26 7 5 59 39 0 5 10 .289 .363 .397 *4/H
5 Rougned Odor 83 302 2014 20 TEX AL 84 70 9 5 5 11 55 4 2 5 .251 .286 .373 *4/H
6 Cass Michaels 80 330 1946 20 CHW AL 91 75 8 0 1 29 36 4 9 3 .258 .333 .296 *45/H6
7 Ken Hubbs 70 716 1962 20 CHC NL 160 172 24 9 5 35 129 3 3 7 .260 .299 .346 *4/H
8 Dalton Jones 67 401 1964 20 BOS AL 118 86 16 4 6 22 38 1 6 3 .230 .274 .342 *4H/65
9 Danny Ainge 50 331 1979 20 TOR AL 87 73 7 1 2 12 58 2 1 0 .237 .269 .286 *4/HD
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/26/2014.

Just 9 players in the past century are on this list, with Roogie being ranked in the middle. Alomar, Mazeroski, and Doerr – 3 of 4 players above him – are enshrined.

As you’ve seen in this article, Rougned Odor belongs in the elite club. Despite his -0.3 WAR and minuscule 3.6 BB%,  an area in which he definitely needs improvement, we may be witnessing the dawn of the career by a great second baseman.

 

Kazuto Yamazaki is a Sports Contributor for The Scoop. Follow him on Twitter at @Kazuto_Yamazaki. Be sure to check out all of our great sports and entertainment content at TheScoopZone.com!

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