Sunday, February 28, 2010

Chris Coghlan

Chris Coghlan was the NL Rookie of the Year on the strength of an incredible 2nd half, leading the ML in hits in both August and September (he had the highest 2 month hit total since Dale Mitchell in 1947). 

He clearly has talent, but the question is whether his rookie season (which was mainly the result of 2 great months) is a fluke or the beginning of a great career. 

One way to try and predict his future is to see which other players have had Coughlin-like season at a similar age (he turns 25 in June).  Fortunately for Coghlan and the Marlins, he is in good company:

Chris Coghlan (2009): .321 BA, .390 OBP, .460 SLG, 84 R

.320 BA, .390 OBP, .460 SLG, 500 AB in a season through age 24 (since 1942)
Ted Williams 1942
Stan Musial 1943-44
Willie Mays 1954
Al Kaline 1955, 1959
Mickey Mantle 1956
Carl Yastrzemski 1963
Rusty Staub 1967
Bill Madlock 1975
Fred Lynn 1975
Mike Greenwell 1988
Ken Griffey 1991
Frank Thomas 1992
John Olerud 1993
Alex Rodriguez 1996
Jason Kendall 1998
Sean Casey 1999
Albert Pujols 2001, 2003-04
Joe Mauer 2006
Miguel Cabrera 2006-07
David Wright 2007
Chris Coghlan 2009

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