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Happy 22nd Birthday, Mike Trout

This post is analysis free. It’s just a list followed by amazement. Here are the best hitters (by wRC+) through their age-21 season, all time.


Name PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ WAR
Mike Trout 1,286 0.316 0.397 0.548 0.403 162 18.0
Jimmie Foxx 1,301 0.342 0.436 0.579 0.454 161 14.2
Ted Williams 1,338 0.336 0.439 0.601 0.463 158 13.8
Rogers Hornsby 1,200 0.316 0.372 0.455 0.397 150 14.3
Ty Cobb 1,839 0.324 0.362 0.440 0.388 148 16.0
Mel Ott 2,060 0.331 0.428 0.558 0.440 146 19.3
Mickey Mantle 1,552 0.295 0.384 0.497 0.401 143 12.9
Eddie Mathews 1,274 0.274 0.366 0.541 0.405 142 11.2
Frank Robinson 1,345 0.307 0.378 0.543 0.401 141 12.4
Arky Vaughan 1,210 0.316 0.382 0.448 0.381 131 10.2

That list is Mike Trout and nine players in the Hall of Fame. Through this point in his career, Trout has been better than all of them. This is only considering what a player does at the plate, and ignores Trout’s contributions in the field and on the basepaths.

To this point in his career, Mike Trout has been Ted Williams if Ted Williams was fast.