MLB rookies continue to make homer history
Not only is this the first time that three different rookies have had three-homer games in a week, but the first time that three different rookies have had a three-homer game, period:
Mike Yastrzemski of the @SFGiants is the third rookie in the last WEEK to hit 3 home runs in a game (Houston's Yordan Alvarez & Cincinnati's Aristides Aquino).
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) August 17, 2019
Alvarez has been one of the most prolific hitters in all of baseball since he debuted on June 9. Through just 51 games, Alvarez is slashing .339/.425/.688 with 17 homers and a 189 wRC+ value, which leads all qualified rookies. Alvarez also ranks fifth amongst rookies in fWAR.
While Alvarez has lit up American League pitching, Aquino has been a menace for National League opponents. After homering against St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright on Friday evening, Aquino became the fastest player to reach 10 career homers, doing so in a staggering 16 games:
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) August 17, 2019
Granted, he has a small sample size to work with, but Aquino is currently slugging .961 with a 231 OPS+, and he suddenly looks like a vital piece for a Reds team that hopes to contend next season.
Yastrzemski–the grandson of Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski–has made a massive impact for a Giants team that continues to hang on for dear life in the Wild Card race.
In 70 games, Yastrzemski is slashing .272/.324/.548, and he is slashing .303/.356/.672 with 11 homers in the second half.