Meet the new Slash, same as the old Slash

Mike Trout’s 2012 AL Rookie of the Year campaign was one for the ages.  He compiled a .326/.399/.564 line in 129 games.  The resulting .963 OPS was the 16th-highest rookie mark amongst batting title qualifiers in baseball history, and the highest since Albert Pujols’ 1.013 rookie OPS in 2001.

This season, not only is Trout not suffering a sophomore slump, he is maintaining or slightly improving upon those slash stats.  Going into Tuesday evening, he was “slashing” .329/.423/.568 for a .991 OPS.  This consistency, especially in the batting and slugging averages, got the VORG wondering what the record is for the smallest absolute difference in a player’s slash stats from season-to-season.

In order to minimize the comparisons of players with .000 (or any other “.100”) totals in a category, we restricted our universe to those players with at least 100 at-bats in each of two successive seasons.  Here are the results:

Wally Moses 1938-9: absolute difference of 2 points (1 point in OBP, 1 point in SLG):

1938 PHA .307 .369 .424
1939 PHA .307 .370 .423
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 8/5/2013.

Six players had an absolute difference of 4 points between seasons.  The most recent player to achieved this was Jose Guillen in his first two major league seasons:

1997 PIT .267 .300 .412
1998 PIT .267 .298 .414
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 8/6/2013.

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“Well, he’s no Mike Trout!”

Mike Trout turned 21 on Tuesday, and his age-20 season is looking like it might be one of the best in history for that age.  As of this morning, he was 1st in the Majors in Wins Above Replacement (WAR), third in batting average, sixth in on-base percentage, fourth in slugging percentage, fourth in OPS, … Read more“Well, he’s no Mike Trout!”

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