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We’ve heard it thousands of times. A baseball season — whether we’re talking about the majors or minors — is a marathon, not a sprint. And when we look at a player’s season-long statistics, it can sometimes only tell part of the story. Based on how 2023 has started for Yankees prospect Andres Chapparo, he knows a thing or two about that.

Chapparo, who just turned 24 years old a few days ago, put together an impressive spring during Grapefruit League action with the Yankees. Across 37 at-bats, he slashed .324/.405/.730 with five home runs, two doubles, 12 RBI, and seven runs scored. This came off the heels of a 2022 campaign where he posted a .963 OPS with 19 home runs and 52 RBI in 64 games played at Double-A Somerset.

Those performances earned him a spot in Triple-A with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. However, his year got off to a horrendous start. The infielder went hitless over his first seven games. Before he finally notched that first knock, his hitless streak ran all the way up to 29 at-bats.

But if you look at his season-long offensive statistics, you’d never know he went through such a terrible slump to start the year. Chapparo has racked up 134 plate appearances in Triple-A thus far. He’s the proud owner of a .281/.351/.587 triple slash.

How the heck did he do that? Well, he’s been absolutely tearing the cover off the ball for the past month. In the right-handed hitter’s last 24 games (104 plate appearances), he’s hitting .362/.423/.755 with 16 extra-base hits (five doubles, one triple, 10 home runs), 25 RBI, and 24 runs scored. Maybe he sees that the Yankees could use a little extra offense and wants to help.

He took things to another level on Tuesday night with a five-hit game, which included a grand slam:

This kind of performance is impressive for anyone. But for a 24-year-old trying to get to the majors and getting his first taste of Triple-A action? It’s just a little more impressive than usual.

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Matt Musico is an editor for ESNY. He’s been writing about baseball and the Mets for the past decade. His work has been featured on numberFire, MetsMerized Online, Bleacher Report, and Yahoo! Sports.