Aaron Altherr has been one of the few bright spots of the Phillies’ season thus far. Batting a cool .286 with 15 doubles and 11 home runs, Altherr is providing both pop and consistency to a team starving for offense. Altherr, still just 26 years old, could be on the cusp of entering his prime.
In watching Aaron Altherr’s home run stroke, one might be reminded of another corner outfield slugger–Justin Upton. In Upton’s rookie season, he hit .250 with 19 doubles and 15 home runs in 108 games. Through just 56 games, Altherr is on pace to finish 2017 well past those totals.
As most fans know, Upton has gone on to be a 3-time All-Star and has established himself as one of the premier power outfield bats in the American League. The crux of Upton’s game has been his strikeout rate. In each of his past four seasons, Upton has struck out at least 150 times. While Altherr has struck out 54 times already this season, he is showing he is still capable of hitting at a respectable clip, with his average hovering around .290 over the past 10 games.
Even in looking beyond the numbers, and just watching both players at surface level, one can see similarities between the two:
Maybe Phillies fans do have something to be excited about.