Julio Rodríguez joins 25-homer, 25-steal club as rookie

Daniel Kramer


By Daniel Kramer
www.mlb.com

SEATTLE — Julio Rodríguez’s epic rookie season has reached record territory. 

Seattle’s star center fielder swiped his 25th stolen base during the fifth inning of the series finale against San Diego on Wednesday afternoon, which, coupled with his 26th homer — which he pummeled in the first inning — made him just the third rookie in MLB history with a 25-25 season.

Rodríguez joined the D-backs’ Chris Young (2007) and the Angels’ Mike Trout (’12) as the only rookies to reach the milestone, but those two did so having debuted the year prior. That makes Rodríguez the first player to achieve the feat in his first year outright. 

Rodríguez was in position for stolen base No. 25 by reaching first base after taking a 91.2 mph fastball off his right pectoral muscle from Mike Clevinger. In obvious pain, he was examined by Mariners head athletic trainer Kyle Torgerson and manager Scott Servais, but he remained in the game and took off just two pitches later. 

The speedster dialed his sprint speed up to 30.0 feet per second — right at the elite threshold and well above the league average of 27 — reaching second base in just 3.82 seconds while sliding headfirst. Rodríguez has a 29.7 average sprint speed this season, tied for 14th fastest in MLB this year.

After reaching, the Mariners paid tribute to the accomplishment on the T-Mobile Park scoreboard, at which point Rodríguez pumped his chest and acknowledged the crowd.

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