The 2022 Houston Astros may have a mediocre 12-11 record through Monday, but they remain a formidable team capable of competing against any team in MLB.
Even though the Astros have lost George Springer and Carlos Correa recently, they remain excellent.
They have some seriously talented hitters: Alex Bregman, Kyle Tucker, Michael Brantley, Yuli Gurriel, Jeremy Pena, and Jose Altuve remain a part of the organization.
But believe it or not, designated hitter Yordan Alvarez may be the best of the bunch.
“Yordan Alvarez has a career 162-game average of 44 home runs, 128 RBI, and 41 doubles. Since 1900, only 8 players have had a season with as many home runs, RBI, and doubles. When healthy, Yordan is easily a top-10 hitter,” MLB Metrics tweeted.
Yordan Alvarez has a career 162-game average of 44 home runs, 128 RBI, and 41 doubles.
Since 1900, only 8 players have had a season with as many home runs, RBI, and doubles.
When healthy, Yordan is easily a top-10 hitter.
— MLB Metrics (@MLBMetrics) May 3, 2022
So far in 2022, Alvarez has hit an impressive .262/.360/.615 with seven home runs.
A True Middle Of The Order Producer
When healthy, he is a true masher and an elite middle-of-the-order producer for a very solid lineup.
After needing surgery in both knees a couple of years ago, he is a health risk, though.
However, he had a relatively healthy 2021, in which he produced an imposing .877 OPS, 33 home runs, 92 runs, and 104 RBI.
He did that in 144 games, proving that his knees can hold for an entire season.
This time, his early-season OPS is a shiny .975.
He has scored 13 runs and driven in 13 more, and as the Astros’ lineup settles after a rocky starts, Alvarez’s numbers should get even better.
He may not play the whole 162 games, but he doesn’t need that many games to finish with elite numbers.
He is one of MLB’s top young sluggers right now, and should be here to stay for a long time.