AN A ROD-JETER-CORREA COMPARISON

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

DEREK JETER

DEREK JETER

CARLOS CORREA

CARLOS CORREA

For all who need to hear it said, I agree with you, if you contend that we need far more performance information on Carlos Correa before any kind of statistical comparison to a couple of Hall of Fame numbers guys like Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter could be taken with any serious validity, but …. if you have been closely watching the 20-year old Houston Astros rookie shortstop in his first 26 games, through July 6, 2015, you would have be nuts not to see his potential for greatness on offense and defense. Add to the positives his coolness and maturity in dealing with this sudden mass exposure to great expectations, and you get the impression that the young man from Puerto Rico is not going to need an extensive stay in some kind of maturity microwave program at a “rehab center” to grab hold of the wheel on this rarest of opportunities in sports. Unless he gets hurt, God forbid, I will be willing to bet, even though it’s early, that Carlos Correa is now performing at a level of superior play that is only the start of a long road to  greatness in the world of baseball.

Granted, the smartest MLB pitchers will compile a book on Correa, but I really think the kid possesses both the intelligence, the ability, and the coaching help he may need to make his own adjustments and turn the tables on the book.

The following two charts are compiled from data developed at Baseball Reference.Com. Through all games of July 6, 2015, each shows the dynamic projection of how everything that each of three players (Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Carlos Correa) have done over the course of their MLB careers and how this data would average out over the shorter run of a 162-game season. Correa’s projections, of course, are coming from career data compiled through only 26 games, but it is still fun to look at his potentials for similarity and difference from both A Rod and Jeter. Because of his limited experience, Correa’s projected total of “0” triples for a typical 162-game season are due to the fact that, so far, he actually has yet to stroke his first three base hit. And this kind of projected picture for one full season is only based upon what a player actually has done.

If this were a real season product we were examining with Correa, and we were the Astros, we would certainly want to see the young man cut down on his strikeouts next season, if possible.

As Greg Lucas so nicely pointed out yesterday, it is a lot easier to compare Correa to Rodriquez than Jeter. Based on the data alone, A Rod and Correa are the power hitters, but Correa hits for a better average. Jeter hits for a better average than either A Rod or Correa, but his advantage over Correa is not significant.

Correa is the tallest at 6’4″ and 210 pounds. Then comes Jeter at 6’3″ and lightest in weight at 195. A Rod is last in height at 6’2″, but heaviest in weight at 225.

PROJECTED 162-GAME PERFORMANCE BASED UPON CAREER STATS TO-DATE, 7/06/2015

PLAYER AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI
A ROD 618 120 185 33 2 41 123
JETER 660 113 204 32 4 15 77
CORREA 698 112 212 56 0 44 118
PLAYER SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
A ROD 20 79 131 .299 .384 .557
JETER 21 64 109 .310 .377 .440
CORREA 31 31 150 .304 .333 .571

Tabular Data developed and published by Baseball Reference.Com.

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2 Responses to “AN A ROD-JETER-CORREA COMPARISON”

  1. don matlosz Says:

    What about Marty Marion and Troy Tulowitski

  2. Wayne Roberts Says:

    Don’t get excited. The Disastros will trade him for some washed up mediocre pitcher to draw fans to the park. That’s what they do.

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