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Carlos Gomez is one of the dozen best players in baseball

May 28, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

Carlos Gomez AP

I was looking up some of Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez‘s numbers today, basically just to make myself sad as a Twins fan frustrated by his becoming another player to thrive after leaving Minnesota. I then tweeted about how good Gomez has been, calling him one of the dozen best players in baseball, and I was surprised by how many replies I got acting like that was a ridiculous notion.

It’s not.

Look at how he’s developed as a hitter during the past three seasons:

2012: .260 batting average, 19 homers, 42 total extra-base hits, 37 steals, .768 OPS in 137 games.

2013: .284 batting average, 24 homers, 61 total extra-base hits, 40 steals, .843 OPS in 147 games.

2014: .317 batting average, 11 homers, 27 total extra-base hits, 9 steals, .974 OPS in 47 games.

Add it all up and during that two-and-a-half year span Gomez has hit .281 with 54 homers, 60 doubles, 16 triples, 86 stolen bases, and an .838 OPS in 331 games. Among the hitters with a lower OPS during that span: Evan Longoria, Nelson Cruz, Bryce Harper, Albert Pujols, Ryan Zimmerman, Allen Craig, Carlos Beltran, Mike Napoli, Justin Upton, Adam Jones, Adrian Gonzalez, Alex Rios, Jay Bruce.

Oh, and Gomez is a Gold Glove center fielder too.

Wins Above Replacement attempts to measure a player’s offensive, defensive, and baserunning contributions and dating back to 2012 he has the eighth-highest WAR total in all of baseball among position players. It’s fine to be surprised by how good Gomez has been lately, but at this point the only reason “he’s one of the dozen best players in baseball” might be mockable is that it undersells just how good he’s become at age 28.

And trust me, as a Minnesotan it pains me a great deal to say that.

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 28, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    I clicked to make a comment about a Twins fan gushing about a Brewer but I see you have it covered.

  2. musketmaniac - May 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Drama queen, looking for an argument Aaron. next time make it `How great would Carlos Gomez be if he used peds. ` and duck.

    • idolized1 - May 28, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      Come on… Really guy?

  3. dluxxx - May 28, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    I wouldn’t feel so bad about it if we still had JJ Hardy on the roster…

  4. cbosa - May 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Not only Twins fans but Met fans as well, if you remember he was one of the players the Mets traded to get Johan Santana.

    • tedwmoore - May 28, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Pretty certain every Twins fan remembers that.

  5. mvp43 - May 28, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    He’s also batting a 1000 in the young female Brewer fan Dept.

  6. happytwinsfan - May 28, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Ah who knew? His first two years with the Brewers weren’t any better than his years with the Twins. Mets fans may also feel free to weep.

    • fissels - May 28, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Mets fans are used to weeping about ones that got away

  7. uwsptke - May 28, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Trading Hardy for Gomez was a shrewd move by Melvin, and was made possible by the preceding move to send Hardy down to AAA for a few weeks at the end of the season (which prevented him from becoming a free agent after the season). Kind of a dickish thing to do, but Hardy sucked that year.

  8. DonRSD - May 28, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Another brilliant move by Minaya.

  9. brewcrewfan54 - May 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    And after 1 pretty dissapointing season of Hardy in Minnesota he was gone. Its like you gave Gomez away for free.

  10. madhatternalice - May 28, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Solid argument, Glee, but don’t throw in the Gold Glove reference. Those mean absolutely nothing.

    For Pete’s sake, Jeter has five of them.

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 28, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      I agree that Gold Gloves are a joke but the point being that Gomez is a very good defensive player.

      • brewcrewchamps - May 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        Everyone with eyes can tell Gomez is just a bit better of a defender than Jeter. Gold gloves do not always mean the most, but you can’t dismiss them as if they mean nothing.

    • moogro - May 28, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      Fielding Bible Award should be the only one cited.

  11. bigtalljoe - May 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    I wish his bat, and glove was in the Mets lineup right now. What did the Mets really get for him in Santana? A no hitter, a few dominant games, a lot of injuries, and a hell of a lot of dead salary space.

    • mikhelb - May 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      “I wish his bat, ”

      Please don’t use a comma before the “and”, it made me giggle like a teenage girl near Carlos Gómez.

  12. crazyitie - May 28, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Absolutely the proof is in the pudding. Flys under the radar playing in Milwaukee for starters and living in the shadow of the highly touted and highly talked about other young super stars like Trout, Puig, Stanton, and Harper.

  13. moogro - May 28, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Gomez, like many others, left Minnesota after spending too many days trying to communicate with the weirdos on the coaching staff.

    Imagine trying to grow as a player with these guys:

    • tedwmoore - May 28, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      That, and MN traded for a guy who almost every commentator agreed had been rushed by the Mets, then plopped him in the outfield as proof that the botched Santana trade had netted at least one “major league ready” player, only to be frustrated when he was overmatched and inconsistent and looked like a guy who had been rushed through the minors.

      But at least the organization learned from its mistakes and has stopped doing silly things like that, right?

    • moogro - May 28, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      It’s been an absolute blast telling friends in Minnesota, “You know, baseball is a lot more fun if you also adopt a good national league team to follow along with the Twins, or better yet, start following things league-wide. The Brewers are a really fun team. If I wasn’t in Los Angeles watching the Dodgers, I would be all over the Brewers.”

      • brewcrewchamps - May 28, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        Im a crew fan in minneapolis. Thats pretty much exactly what I say to my friends here

      • tedwmoore - May 29, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        I moved to NY for a while and adopted the Mets. That didn’t work out so well.

  14. madtownthrowdown - May 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Minnesota has a baseball team? Who knew! Next you’ll tell me they have an NFL team also.

    • TBaySlim - May 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      ha ha thats so funny i fell off my dinosaur, how many title do the ‘crew have, at least MN gots a few titles to their franchise resume, the crew hasnt been to the series in the last 30 years

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