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The Greatest Rookie Seasons By A First Baseman

To be eligible, players since 1957 had to meet the MLB qualifications for rookie status. Players prior to the 1957 season were considered rookies based on rookie status taken from Fangraphs. The other qualification for eligibility for this list is that players had to have a minimum of 300 plate appearances.


  1. Jose Abreu – 2014
  2. Jose Abreu
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    5.5 167 145 622 556 80 176 35 2 36 107 3 1 51 131 .317 .383 .581 .964

  3. Mark McGwire – 1987
  4. Mark McGwire
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    5.1 157 151 641 557 97 161 28 4 49 118 1 1 71 131 .289 .370 .618 .988

  5. Alvin Davis – 1984
  6. Alvin Davis
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    5.9 140 152 678 567 80 161 34 3 27 116 5 4 97 78 .284 .391 .497 .888

  7. Pete Alonso – 2019
  8. Peter Alonso
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    5.0 143 161 693 597 103 155 30 2 53 120 1 0 72 183 .260 .358 .583 .941

  9. Johnny Mize – 1936
  10. Johnny Mize
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.8 156 126 469 414 76 136 30 8 19 93 1 50 32 .329 .399 .577 .976

  11. Hal Trosky – 1934
  12. Hal Trosky
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    5.5 143 154 685 625 117 206 45 9 35 142 2 2 58 49 .330 .388 .598 .986

  13. Jeff Bagwell – 1991
  14. Jeff Bagwell
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.8 138 156 650 554 79 163 26 4 15 82 7 4 75 116 .294 .386 .437 .823

  15. Dale Alexander – 1929
  16. Dale Alexander
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    5.1 143 155 700 626 110 215 43 15 25 137 5 9 56 63 .343 .387 .580 .967

  17. Les Fleming – 1942
  18. Les Fleming
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.6 144 156 662 548 71 160 27 4 14 82 6 8 106 57 .292 .411 .432 .843

  19. Cody Bellinger – 2017
  20. Cody Bellinger
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.2 138 132 548 480 87 128 26 4 39 97 10 3 64 146 .267 .352 .581 .933

  21. Ed Bouchee – 1957
  22. Ed Bouchee
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.4 135 154 675 574 78 168 35 8 17 76 1 0 84 91 .293 .394 .470 .864

  23. Randy Milligan – 1989
  24. Randy Milligan
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.7 145 124 444 365 56 98 23 5 12 45 9 5 74 75 .268 .394 .458 .852

  25. Del Bissonette – 1928
  26. Del Bissonette
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.4 143 155 669 587 90 188 30 13 25 106 5 70 75 .320 .392 .543 .935

  27. Ferris Fain – 1947
  28. Ferris Fain
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.0 137 136 567 461 70 134 28 6 7 71 4 5 95 34 .291 .407 .423 .830

  29. Jim Gentile – 1960
  30. Jim Gentile
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.1 147 138 464 384 67 112 17 0 21 98 0 0 68 72 .292 .403 .500 .903

  31. Dick Hoblitzell – 1909
  32. Dick Hoblitzell
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.1 140 142 592 517 59 159 23 11 4 67 17 44 .308 .346 .418 .764

  33. Mike Hargrove – 1974
  34. Mike Hargrove
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.3 139 131 477 415 57 134 18 6 4 66 0 0 49 42 .323 .392 .424 .816

  35. Earl Torgeson – 1947
  36. Earl Torgeson
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.6 134 128 484 399 73 112 20 6 16 78 11 82 59 .281 .401 .481 .882

  37. Mike Fiore – 1969
  38. Mike Fiore
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    2.9 142 107 427 339 53 93 14 1 12 35 4 4 84 63 .274 .419 .428 .847

  39. Norm Cash – 1960
  40. Norm Cash
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    2.8 141 121 428 353 64 101 16 3 18 63 4 2 65 58 .286 .402 .501 .903

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