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Astros' Yordan Alvarez approaching Ted Williams in this historic stat for rookies

Astros' Yordan Alvarez approaching Ted Williams in this historic stat for rookies

Astros rookie Yordan Alvarez has wasted no time giving opposing pitchers nightmares to start his professional career.

The 22-year-old left-fielder hit a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Brewers Monday afternoon, which was his 22nd of the season. It only took Alvarez 66 games to reach that mark. 

He now posts a .317/.413/.671 slash line with 63 RBI to go along with the 22 homers, and according to Jim Passon, there are only six players in the history of baseball to hit 22 home runs with an on-base percentage over .400 as a rookie. 

Those players include Aaron Judge, Juan Soto, Albert Pujols, Al Rosen and Red Sox legend Ted Williams. 

Williams finished the 1939 season hitting .325 with 31 home runs and 145 RBI. He then went on to become the greatest hitter that ever lived, so that's a pretty lofty standard to live up to. Still, Alvarez is in elite company and should be a thorn in the Red Sox side for years to come. 

The Astros currently sit atop the AL West and are fighting for the top seed in the American League Playoffs with the Yankees. We'll undoubtedly get to witness Alvarez under the bright lights of the playoffs, so we'll see how he handles the big stage. 

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Astros rookie Yordan Alvarez breaks one of Red Sox legend Ted Williams' records

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Astros rookie Yordan Alvarez breaks one of Red Sox legend Ted Williams' records

The start of Houston Astros rookie Yordan Alvarez's career rivals some of the best Major League Baseball has ever seen.

The 22-year-old left fielder is on an absolute tear in 2019. He's batting .355 with 17 home runs and 51 RBI in 46 games. Over the weekend, he beat one of Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams' impressive records -- most RBI in the first 45 games of a major league career. The record stood for 80 (!) years.

Alvarez obviously has a long, long way to go before he's mentioned in the same breath as Williams -- one of the game's greatest players -- but his start deserves plenty of praise.

The Astros are the betting favorites to win the World Series after making a few bold moves at the MLB trade deadline, but Houston's best pickup of the season probably is Alvarez. He's giving an already feared lineup even more power and consistency as the 2019 postseason nears.

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MLB Power Rankings: Post-trade deadline edition

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MLB Power Rankings: Post-trade deadline edition

The 2019 MLB trade deadline has come and gone.

Some teams, such as the Astros, Indians, and Cubs, had themselves a busy week as they addressed some of their glaring needs. Others, such as the Red Sox, Yankees, and Dodgers, kept quiet despite the holes in their roster.

So, what kind of ripple effect did those moves — or lack-thereof — have on the rest of the league? Here’s how all 30 teams stack up after the deadline. . .