The White Sox' Jose Abreu has been all the team has imagined, and much more. After homering off of the Rays' David Price yesterday, Abreu took sole possession of the Major League lead in home runs with ten and extended his record for most home runs in the month of April by a rookie. His two-run homer gave him 31 RBI, which gives him another rookie April record, passing the newest member of the 500 home run club, Albert Pujols, who had 27 RBI in 2001.
Now let us break down Abreu's torrid start. At his pace, if Abreu received just 600 at bats, he would hit 58 home runs and drive in 180 RBI. Now if Abreu just receives the 503 at bats he needs in order to qualify for the batting crown (162*3.1), he would still hit 48 home runs and drive in 151 RBI. Talk about a fantastic start for a rookie. The record number of home runs for a rookie is 49, by Mark McGwire of the Oakland Athletics. In order to break the record number of RBI for a rookie, Abreu would have to top the great Ted Williams, who drove in 145 runs in 149 games for the Red Sox in 1939.
"You know, I go to the field to play baseball, help the team," Abreu said through a translator. "I really don't go looking for records, but they're definitely welcome."
Abreu signed a six-year, $68 million contract with the White Sox last October. It is very early, but it definitely looks like the contract might pay off. We all know about Yasiel Puig's fantastic rookie season last year; could Abreu's be better? Could Jose Abreu have the best rookie season ever? There are only six players who have at least six home runs and 15 RBI before May 1 in their first season in the Major Leagues (h/t to CBSSports.com). Abreu has more home runs and RBI than all of them.
I personally have no idea where the limits are for Jose Abreu. Abreu could easily hit over 40 home runs and drive in over 100 RBI. All I know is where he has been, rounding the bases in an unbelievable month of April. Abreu could be one of baseball's primer power hitters. He could have the greatest power-hitting by a rookie ever. And when you think of all the greatest power hitters (Aaron, Ruth, Mays, etc.), you know how amazing he has been this season. And how amazing he could be.