Jose Abreu is making a statement in his first year in the big leagues. He set major league rookie records for most home runs (10) and RBI (32) in April. He is currently leading the American League in slugging percentage (.617) and extra-base hits (21), and was the first player ever with four games of at least four RBI in his first 26 games.
The 27-year-old first baseman also has as many home runs as the entire Kansas City Royals roster, except it took him 968 fewer plate appearances. Abreu’s have also gone further, on average, according to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker.
“He’s extremely talented,” former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander said. “You have to execute your pitches. Otherwise, he can hurt you at any time.”