Mike Trout: Next Best Thing?

9/30/12 in MLB   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

About a month ago I wrote a piece comparing the impact of Mike Trout and Yoenis Cespedes to their respective teams. It wound up being a toss up, however, Trout has since separated himself not only from Cespedes, but from the rest of the league (as well as his teammate, Albert Pujols). 

Trout became the first rookie to hit 30 homeruns and steal 40 bases in the same year after he blasted his 30th this afternoon. His value is almost immeasurable as he has become one of the most impactful players in the game. In 127 games this season Trout's numbers blow the mind:
.322 batting average (3rd in AL)Sep 19, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) at bat against the Texas Rangers at Angels Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
30 homeruns
80 RBI
48 stolen bases (1st in AL)
25 doubles
7 triples
127 runs (1st in AL)
& 175 hits.


When your presence in the lineup overshadows that of Albert Pujols, the $250 million man, you know you have arrived. The rookie sensation has rocked the MLB, dominating highlight reels and headlines while directly affecting outcomes of Angels games throughout his rookie tenure. If the Angels are to end up making a trip to the postseason, we can be sure Trout will continue to shine as his increased spotlight has not hindered his performance whatsoever. 

The rook could end up taking home AL Rookie of the Year as well as AL MVP, which would be a tremendous feat.  Trout has been nothing short of amazing, averaging almost a run per game. The future is bright for this kid and for the Angels, if they can continue to afford him. 
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10/1/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The future is bright for this kid and for the Angels, if they can continue to afford him. 

*facepalm* Do you have any idea how baseball economics works? Trout's under Angels control for 5 more years. His future contract is not an immediate concern.