Mariners Award Campaign: Julio Rodríguez
"The J Rod Show" is having a historic season for the Mariners, but his recognition may extend further than just the Pacific Northwest. Let's take a look at part two of our award series!
Just a few weeks ago I promised you guys I would write more about Julio Rodríguez, and it may be needed today on the heels of Seattle’s third loss in four games. There is still plenty to be optimistic about, especially the award candidacy of their center fielder.
Just a few days ago Rodríguez was named the AL Player of the Month for August, the first time he has won the award in his short major league career. The kid has broken plenty of records this year not just for the Mariners, but in the game's history.
With his opposite-field blast yesterday, “J-Rod” became the first player in baseball history to have 25 home runs and 25 stolen bases in his first two seasons. According to Mariners PR, he is also the first player in baseball history to have 10 homers, 10 stolen bases, and 100 total bases over a 30-game span. These are video game numbers, and oh by the way he is just 22 years old.
Rodríguez should be an option for the American League Silver Slugger and the front-runner for the Gold Glove. Let’s start with his offense.
The 22-year-old centerfielder has put up a .284/.342/.485 season thus far, good enough for a 129 wRC+ and a .827 OPS. While his production is not quite as strong as last season, the last month has rocketed Julio into contention for the American League Silver Slugger.