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):

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1938 PHA .307 .369 .424
1939 PHA .307 .370 .423
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: 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:

Year Tm BA OBP SLG
1997 PIT .267 .300 .412
1998 PIT .267 .298 .414
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/6/2013.

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