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The Greatest Rookie Seasons By A Center Fielder

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. Mike Trout – 2012
  2. Mike Trout
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    10.8 167 139 639 559 129 182 27 8 30 83 49 5 67 139 .326 .399 .564 .963

  3. Fred Lynn – 1975
  4. Fred Lynn
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    7.4 161 145 605 528 103 175 47 7 21 105 10 5 62 90 .331 .401 .566 .967

  5. Tommie Agee – 1966
  6. Tommie Agee
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    6.4 127 160 689 629 98 172 27 8 22 86 44 18 41 127 .273 .326 .447 .773

  7. Dusty Baker – 1972
  8. Dusty Baker
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    5.2 145 127 503 446 62 143 27 2 17 76 4 7 45 68 .321 .383 .504 .888

  9. Kenny Lofton – 1992
  10. Kenny Lofton
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    6.6 108 148 651 576 96 164 15 8 5 42 66 12 68 54 .285 .362 .365 .727

  11. Dan Gladden – 1984
  12. Dan Gladden
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.2 149 86 384 342 71 120 17 2 4 31 31 16 33 37 .351 .410 .447 .857

  13. Richie Ashburn – 1948
  14. Richie Ashburn
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.6 126 117 530 463 78 154 17 4 2 40 32 60 22 .333 .410 .400 .810

  15. Earl Averill – 1929
  16. Earl Averill
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.2 134 151 680 597 110 198 43 13 18 96 13 13 63 53 .332 .398 .538 .936

  17. Hunter Pence – 2007
  18. Hunter Pence
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.4 132 108 484 456 57 147 30 9 17 69 11 5 26 95 .322 .360 .539 .899

  19. Willie Mays – 1951
  20. Willie Mays
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.9 120 121 524 464 59 127 22 5 20 68 7 4 57 60 .274 .356 .472 .828

  21. Bake McBride – 1974
  22. Bake McBride
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.3 114 150 625 559 81 173 19 5 6 56 30 11 43 57 .309 .369 .394 .763

  23. Austin Jackson – 2010
  24. Austin Jackson
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    5.1 101 151 675 618 103 181 34 10 4 41 27 6 47 170 .293 .345 .400 .745

  25. Mike Cameron – 1997
  26. Mike Cameron
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.4 110 116 446 379 63 98 18 3 14 55 23 2 55 105 .259 .356 .433 .789

  27. Johnny Grubb – 1973
  28. Johnny Grubb
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    2.8 133 113 432 389 52 121 22 3 8 37 9 3 37 50 .311 .373 .445 .818

  29. Chris Singleton – 1999
  30. Chris Singleton
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.8 103 133 529 496 72 149 31 6 17 72 20 5 22 45 .300 .328 .490 .818

  31. Earle Combs – 1925
  32. Earle Combs
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.0 124 150 673 593 117 203 36 13 3 61 12 13 65 43 .342 .411 .462 .873

  33. Adolfo Phiillips – 1966
  34. Adolfo Phillips
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.6 119 118 476 419 69 109 29 1 16 36 32 15 43 135 .260 .346 .449 .795

  35. Andre Dawson – 1977
  36. Andre Dawson
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.9 113 139 566 525 64 148 26 9 19 65 21 7 34 93 .282 .326 .474 .800

  37. Alex Metzler – 1927
  38. Alex Metzler
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.1 119 134 624 543 87 173 29 11 3 61 15 11 61 39 .319 .396 .429 .825

  39. Scott Podsednik – 2003
  40. Scott Podsednik
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.6 117 154 628 558 100 175 29 8 9 58 43 10 56 91 .314 .379 .443 .822

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