Smells Like Pujols is an ongoing feature that will run throughout the MLB season. In it, I compare the stats of this year’s crop of rookie hitting phenoms against those of Albert Pujols’ ROY season in 2001. I am using (technically mis-using) Bill James’ Similarity Scores concept to keep track of the progress of our hopefuls. The leader board on the right side of the page will show the current scores of each participant throughout the week.
Cooper Brannan is a minor-league pitcher with the Padres, who has bested Albert Pujols in only one category: he earned 300 citizenship points for being wounded in Iraq, while Mr. P. earned a mere 100 points on his written exam. If you want to see pitchers ranked in a serious manner, check out GoodEnough for Me, Mr. Thursday’s companion piece to SLP.
I’m adding a couple of players to the leaderboard and the table today. As Mr. Tuesday reminded me, the Devil Rays have brought one more rookie into their daily lineup, ushering in 23-year-old outfielder Elijah Dukes. In addition, shortstop Tony Pena, Jr. of the Kansas City Royals is so far outplaying his more heralded rookie teammate Alex Gordon (still having the worst start of any hitting prospect), and has already hit three triples on the year, one off of Albert Pujols’ 2001 pace. That earns a guy entry into the lists, in my book.
I don’t have the html for the table handy, so I’ll have to update the table tomorrow. For now, check out the leaderboard for the latest standings.