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The 2018 National League MVP has picked up right where he left off. Christian Yelich has opened the season by homering in each of the Brewer’s first four games. He is the sixth player ever to hit a home run in each of the first four games of the season. He joins
Willie Mays, Mark McGwire, Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis and most recently, Trevor Story as the only players in Major League history to do so.
While Yelich has always displayed above-average power, 2018 was the first year that he demonstrated truly elite power hitting ability. Last season Yelich led the league in slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+, and total bases. Oh, and he also led the National League in batting average, while maintaining an on-base percentage of over .400. Yelich’s ascent to one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball has been remarkable and seems to have just gotten started. At only 27 years old, Yelich may just now be entering his prime years.
According to a study by a Baseball Prospectus, the average MLB hitter peaks in the following categories between the ages of 28 and 31: AVG, On-Base %, Walk Rate, Home Run Rate, and 2B+3B Rate. Assuming Yelich follows this trend–or even just continues to produce at last year’s pace, Yelich will firmly establish himself as one of the game’s greats. And he may add another MVP or two in the process.