Re: It's very early, but...
posted at 4/14/2013 11:06 AM EDT
In response to Beantowne's comment:
It's very rare for a very good hitter to lose his skillset so drastically and all at once at the age of 32-34. Injuries certainly played a big part in Youk's steep decline, and his return to health and improved numbers should not surprise anyone.
In response to GreenPartyCelt's comment:
Do not get why people want to get rid of Salty...I would take him on the Yanks in a heartbeat...Not sure if Youk's numbers will last, but he is having a very good start....
If he can stay healthy there's no reason why not.
Youk pulled another rare feat for 6 straight seasons: he improved his OPS from his rookie season of a respectable .780 to .975 by age 31 (2010). Then, suddenly he dropped to .833 and .745 in shortened (by injury) seasons. (2010 was also shortended).
One interesting note: since Youk's "decline" began in 2011, he still has an OPS vs LHPs of .928! That's the 13th best MLB OPS vs LHPs in this time period (300+ PAs) andplaces him one ahead of Pedey.
Since 2008, Youk has the 4th best OPS vs LHPs at 1.006. Only Pujols, Wright, and Braun are better. Youk's OPS vs LHPs is better than Kemp, Miggy and other great hitters.
Overall, vs lefties and righties since 2008 (2500+ PAs)?
1) Pujols .997
2) Miggy .978
3) Votto .969
4) Fielder .943
5) Braun .935
6) Holliday .911
7) Bautista .907
8) Hamilton .906
9) A Gon .901
10) Ortiz .900
11) Youkilis .899
Followed by Tex, Mauer, Longoria, ARod, Cano and others...
72) C Ross
76) S Drew
(108 players have 2500+ PAs since 2008.)