Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Remember when Alex Gordon was the next George Brett?

It's getting harder and harder to recall when Alex Gordon last wore the next George Brett label, from ages 23-26 Gordon has hit a disappointing .244/.328/.404 with a 95 OPS+. The same ages Brett hit .319/.368/.507 with a 140 OPS+. So he's not the next Brett, but we already knew that. Gordon is now a 27 year old outfielder and any comparisons to Brett are now only made by the certifiably insane. The point here isn't to pile on Gordon, because after all I think he'll have a fine season, no the point is to bring up what Brett did when he was 27.  He nearly hit .400, yep 1980 a.k.a. the best offensive performance in franchise history.

Gordon is not alone this year as Ka'aihue, Getz, Francoeur, and Blanco will also be playing their age 27 seasons, that's four likely starters and a fourth/fifth outfielder. So in honor of half the frickin offense being the same age I present to you the top ten OPS+ performances by 27 year olds in the history of the Royals, best and worst. And because I needed some sort of arbitrary set point I decided on 400 as the minimum number of plate appearances to make either list.

First the best:

Rk Player OPS+ PA Year 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
1 George Brett 203 515 1980 33 9 24 118 58 22 15 .390 .454 .664
2 Bo Jackson 142 456 1990 16 1 28 78 44 128 15 .272 .342 .523
3 Darrell Porter 142 679 1979 23 10 20 112 121 65 3 .291 .421 .484
4 Mike Sweeney 132 632 2001 46 0 29 99 64 64 10 .304 .374 .542
5 Ed Kirkpatrick 128 423 1972 15 1 9 43 51 50 3 .275 .365 .396
6 Steve Balboni 123 488 1984 23 2 28 77 45 139 0 .244 .320 .498
7 Mike Aviles 121 441 2008 27 4 10 51 18 58 8 .325 .354 .480
8 Amos Otis 121 632 1974 31 9 12 73 58 67 18 .284 .348 .438
9 Willie Aikens 119 519 1982 29 1 17 74 45 70 0 .281 .345 .457
10 Bob Oliver 108 662 1970 24 6 27 99 42 126 3 .260 .309 .451
And now the worst:

Rk Player OPS+ PA Year 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
1 Freddie Patek 67 577 1972 25 4 0 32 47 64 33 .212 .280 .276
2 Tom Goodwin 70 587 1996 14 4 1 35 39 79 66 .282 .334 .330
3 John Buck 79 418 2008 23 1 9 48 38 96 0 .224 .304 .365
4 Willie Wilson 85 611 1983 22 8 2 33 33 75 59 .276 .316 .352
5 Craig Paquette 87 462 1996 15 1 22 67 23 101 5 .259 .296 .452
6 David DeJesus 91 703 2007 29 9 7 58 64 83 10 .260 .351 .372
7 Mark Quinn 91 473 2001 31 2 17 60 12 69 9 .269 .298 .459
8 Jermaine Dye 91 410 2001 14 0 13 47 30 68 7 .272 .333 .417
9 Pete LaCock 91 453 1979 25 4 3 56 37 26 2 .277 .334 .380
10 Lou Piniella 93 476 1971 21 5 3 51 21 43 5 .279 .311 .368
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Which list will the current crop of 27 year old Royals land on?

2 comments:

Keith said...

even though i irrationally like him, Getz will probably fit into the bottom 10. maybe Francouer but he will be closer (since OPS+ doesn't penalize more for OBP than SLG) and i don't think it'll shock anyone if Kila goes into the top 10. Blanco probably won't get enough AB's to matter either way.

Jeff Parker said...

I think Kila is the most likely to break the best top 10. Getz would be my pick for the bottom 10 but I'm not sure he'll get 400 PAs.