Ever since the Orioles drafted Manny Machado with the third pick overall out of a Miami high school in 2010, there were comparisons with another former Miami phenom.
Machado may never shake the Alex Rodriguez comparisons – which was the ultimate compliment a few years ago. But with Rodriguez's injury and off-field issues, no one wants to be called the next ARod anymore.
Regardless, Rodriguez was an amazing player almost from the start of his big league career. And Machado has been excellent in his short time with the Orioles.
I did some comparisons this week involving Machado, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout.
But it also was worth looking at how Machado compared to Rodriguez at the beginning of their careers. Now before I present the numbers – which favor Machado – remember that Rodriguez joined the Seattle Mariners 19 days before his 19th birthday. Machado made his debut with the Orioles a month and three days after his 20th birthday. So, comparatively, Machado was more than a year older when the two started their big league careers.
Take it for what this is worth, but I thought it was somewhat interesting.
Here are Machado's numbers through his first 89 games in the big leagues: In his career (354 at-bats), Machado has 52 runs scored, 22 doubles, 12 homers, 50 RBIs and six steals. He has a career batting average of .294 with a .329 on-base percentage and a .480 slugging percentage.
In Rodriguez's first 89 games, (281 at-bats) he had 38 runs scored, 18 doubles, 11 homers, 44 RBIs and seven steals. His slash line was .253/.292/.448.