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:
48 stolen bases (1st in AL)
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.