Mike Trout Facts

Last year, Jose Bautista went absolutely bananas to start the season, prompting me to write a post entitled Jose Bautista Facts. Unlike the Matt Wieters Facts meme, all of those facts about Bautista were actually true. It was part information, part reverence.

That format is the only one I can think of that will do justice to what Mike Trout is currently doing. This has gone beyond “wow, he’s having a nice year” territory – now it’s all just getting silly. So, here are a few actual true facts about Mike Trout’s performance this year. A few of them will probably make you laugh.

Mike Trout is now up to +6.0 WAR on the season, becoming just the 11th player in MLB history to put up a +6 WAR season at age 20. The others:

Alex Rodriguez, 1996: +9.8 WAR
Dwight Gooden, 1985: +9.0 WAR
Mel Ott, 1929: +8.9 WAR
Ted Williams, 1939: +7.9 WAR
Al Kaline, 1955: +7.7 WAR
Ty Cobb, 1907: +7.6 WAR
Mickey Mantle, 1952: +7.3 WAR
Sherry Magee, 1905: +6.5 WAR
Frank Robinson, 1964: +6.4 WAR
Vada Pinson, 1959: +6.0 WAR

Six of those 10 are in the Hall of Fame. Rodriguez has had a HOF career. The three non-HOFers posted career WARs of +56 (Pinson), +58 (Gooden), and +74 (Magee).

And, of course, there’s the simple matter of playing time. Trout spent April in Triple-A and we’re still in July, so he’s racked up +6.0 WAR in 77 games. Over a 162 game season, that’s a +12.6 WAR pace.

Trout has done a lot of his damage recently, as he’s racked up +2.5 WAR in July. He’s currently hitting .413/.473/.838 this month, including eight home runs and nine steals in 93 plate appearances. Even just ignoring everything else he’s doing, the HR/SB rates this month would put him on pace for a 60/60 season over a full year.

As good as Trout’s been in July, it’s not just a one month hot streak either. He also led the Majors in WAR in June, coming in at +2.0. He’s the only player in baseball to have two different months where he’s posted +2.0 WAR or more this year.

Trout’s +2.5 WAR in July is the most any player has had in any month since Josh Hamilton in June of 2010, when Hamilton hit .454/.482/.815 in 26 games, good for +2.8 WAR. Or, to put his July in context with other 20-year-olds, Trout’s performance this month was more valuable than Hank Aaron‘s entire age 20 season (+2.1 WAR). If he has a couple of more good games before the month ends, he’ll catch Ken Griffey Jr’s age 20 season (+2.8 WAR). Oh, and don’t forget, there were four days off in the middle of the month for the All-Star Game.

Switching gears and just comparing Trout to other seasons by center fielders throughout history — Trout’s 188 wRC+ has only been equaled by five different players, each of whom you’ve probably heard of. Mickey Mantle (four times), Ty Cobb (seven times), Stan Musial (once), Tris Speaker (once), and Joe Jackson (once).

You probably knew Mike Trout was fast. Did you also know he leads the Majors in stolen bases (31) and stolen base efficiency (91.1%) among players with at least 20 SB attempts? Only three other 20-year-olds in the last 100 years have stolen 30+ bases in their age 20 season — Rickey Henderson in 1979 (33 SB, 11 CS), Elvis Andrus in 2009 (33 SB, 6 CS) and Claudell Washington in 1975 (40 SB, 15 CS). Henderson, by the way, posted a wRC+ of 96 as a 20-year-old.

When I wrote the Bautista post, it was clear that he couldn’t keep that pace up. Trout can’t keep this up either. We know there’s regression coming, and that he’s eventually going to cool off. But, that doesn’t mean we should ignore what Trout has done in the first three months of the 2012 season. He’s simply in the midst of one of the great runs in baseball history, and he’s doing it at an age when he can’t even legally drink.




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Dave is a co-founder of USSMariner.com and contributes to the Wall Street Journal.


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  1. Rippers says:

    Trout is the greatest 20 year old that I’ve ever seen.

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    • Well-Beered Englishman says:

      Kate Upton turned 20 last month.

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    • JF145 says:

      You should’ve seen this girl I was walking behind on the street the other day.

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    • Erik says:

      It’s hard to see him keep this up but it’s amazing watching him play everyday.

      If he has a weakness I’d say he occasionally chases the high fastball which he can’t handle. He chases other pitches out of the zone occasionally too, but he seems to have little problem handling them or at least fouling them off.

      He’s been amazing, yet he gets better at bat to at bat, and month to month. He is still learning the league, he hasn’t seen most of these pitchers before, he is only hitting .299 in his first at bat of a game.

      His power was underrated. He can flat out crush the ball. 440 to right center in Detroit?! On pace for near 30 homers already? He’s built like a tank, but his speed outshines his power.

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    • dcfrmhb says:

      Mike Trout is the best player I have ever seen, not just the best 20 year old. He is by far the best player in the MLB. And it isn’t even close.

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    • dcfrmhb says:

      Bryce Harper is batting .258, has a measly 9 home runs, and an ops of .750… If Trout would have played as much as Harper did when he was 19. He would have ended with numbers far better then this.. These numbers are a pathetic joke for someone who was on the cover of sports illustrated at at 16. And at this point we can consider Bryce Harper a bust. Ron Washington said Mike Trout is no Willie Mays. This is because he is racist. If you compare their respective rookie seasons you would agree with Ron Washington, but for different reasons. Willie May’s rookie season is a joke compared to what Mike Trout is doing. And for those of you who say hey it’s only half the season…Look again, it’s 2/3 over. And he is only getting better. If Mike Trout doesn’t win MVP, it will only make the honor a joke going forward, as nobody in the american league is playing at a level even close to Mike Trout. In fact no other player in history has had numbers even close. People aren’t even paying attention to the fact that he is on pace to break Ty Cobb’s rookie record of 132 runs scored. He will break this record. These are the types of players Trout should be compared to, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, etc, etc.. He should only be compared to the upper upper eschelon of players, and this does not include Willie Mays.. So thank you Ron Washington for looking like a racist idiot.

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      • Juan Chapa says:

        I believe Wash was speaking careerwise about Willie. Willie
        won games with his bat, defense, and speed. One baseball
        person, forgot his name, described Willie’s glove, as “the
        place Triples go to die.” That is the greatest compliment
        I have ever heard about a player. Willie was only 5’10” and
        weighed 170 pounds, was the greatest centerfielder. Still,
        he hit 660 hemers, 1,903 RBI’s, and batted .302 lifetime.
        He hit over 50 homers twice, and hit over 40 homers 6
        times during his career, and was batting champ once,
        .345 in 1954. Trout is good, but everyone needs to
        back off, letting him alone to do his thing. The
        great Bobby Murcer, another Yankee centerfielder,
        was spoiled by the pressure of fans expectation.

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      • dcfrmhb says:

        Those numbers are really good and deserving of the hall of fame.. But a couple of things stick out .302 lifetime is just so so..660 homeruns is a lot, but he played for about 25 years. Batting champion once.. Trout will tie him for that stat after this year. And as far as a place where triples go to die..that is all well and good, but Trouts glove is where homeruns go to die, and he proved that again tonight, which gives him now 2 web gems that are both superior to willie may’s famous basket catch. What people don’t realize, is that the coach was trying to wave willie to move back further into the outfield, and he missed the sign.. Even if Trout was out of position like willie was on his basket catch, he would have run and gotten underneath it, and then waited about 2 seconds for the ball to come down to him, as a routine catch.

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  2. chuckb says:

    He’s not a bad young player. The Angels ought to think about keeping him at the major league level all season next year. I think starting him at AAA serves no real purpose.

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  3. Ira says:

    Should we take those historical WARs with a grain of saltm given the defensive uncertainty?

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  4. JS7 says:

    Fred Lynn & Ichiro better move over – Trout is joining their exclusive club of winning ROY + MVP in the same season.

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      • Nathan says:

        He’s currently a deserving candidate, but does anyone really think the voters will choose him on a team with Trumbo and Weaver having great seasons, to go along with good performances from name players like Pujols and CJ Wilson? I’m thinking not.

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      • Steve says:

        I disagree. I think the Trout narrative is WAAAAAY too powerful for the writers to ignore. A rookie of the year and MVP?

        The writers will look at the Angel’s performance in April and their performance after Trout showed up, and credit him with their season.

        Barring a huge collapse, it’s his to lose IMHO.

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      • Westside guy says:

        I gotta disagree with Steve here. Some significant percentage of the writers will look at how the Angels did in April, then look at how they did later – and then will immediately give all the credit to Pujols turning it around (with maybe his “veteran leadership” being thrown in for good measure).

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      • Robert says:

        @Nathan and Westside,

        You guys seem to forget that Ryan Braun won MVP last year even thou his teammate finished 3rd in voting and a guy in LA had a better season. The argument that Trumbo, Pujols, or Weaver could essentially take away votes is invalid.

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      • Jason says:

        This isn’t just a rookie performing really well for a rookie, but really the veterans are performing just as well but less surprisingly… no, Trout really is performing better than anyone else in baseball, and has been pretty much since the moment he came up.

        I’m not saying Pujols won’t get any votes, he certainly will, and some of his other teammates could as well. But if you don’t consider Trout the front runner today, you’re just not paying attention.

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    • jejozi says:

      Three months does not a season make. Let’s see where he is in October before we start handing out any honors.

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      • Saint says:

        He could be league average for the rest of the season and still probably end up as the best player in the AL.

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  5. AL Eastbound says:

    Dave, curious if Trout would have ranked a little lower on the Fangraphs trade value series if he wasn’t having one of the greatest seasons of all-time given age?

    Did that sway you to give him the throne?

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    • Steve says:

      I would have to think so. If he was merely “good” this year (think typical rookie of the year season vs. MVP season), he’d probably “only” rank in the top 3.

      What he is doing now is just insane.

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    • ryan says:

      “Dave, if trout wasnt as good as he is, would you have ranked him as high as you did?”

      Sorry. Had to….

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      • AL Eastbound says:

        I agree with Steve, if Trout were merely mortal (nobody expects this to be a normal Trout season right?) I don’t think he ranks number one.

        One or two spots don’t make much of a difference I know but to be called THE MOST valuable player is still something.

        Legitimate question IMO.

        But good to see ‘sorry, had to’ and clown question get the appropriate level of respect.

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      • John Thacker says:

        if Trout were merely mortal (nobody expects this to be a normal Trout season right?) I don’t think he ranks number one.

        Nobody expects this to a be a normal Trout season, but it’s crazy to not Bayesian update your expectations for Trout upwards because of this season.

        Therefore, even though no one should expect Trout to replicate this, everybody should have increased their expectations for Trout based on this season. Thus, yes, it’s entirely reasonable to have moved him from #3 or #2 to #1 based on this.

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    • TKDC says:

      The thing is that the year he’s having does actually inform how good he’ll be in the future. Yes, regression is inevitable, but sticking to prospect rankings for too long is unwise when they so frequently turn out looking silly.

      At this point, assuming Harper will be a better pro than Trout is silly. It’s a loser bet.

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      • nobleisthyname says:

        How was Mike Trout’s age 19 season?

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      • TKDC says:

        As good or better than almost every inner circle hall of famer. My only question is what are the Harptards going to say next season when Golden Boy, if he’s lucky, is half as good as Trout age-20?

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      • @nobleisthyname So you think Harper will also have the best age 20 season based on WAR/600 PA of all time?

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      • YanksFanInBeantown says:

        @KrunchyGoodness

        So what Trout is doing is totally sustainable and it’s not at all premature to anoint him as the greatest 20 year old of all time after half a season worth of data?

        Good to know.

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      • nobleisthyname says:

        @TKDC

        All we know is that age 19 Harper > age 19 Trout. Yes, age 20 Trout will most probably be better than age 20 Harper but it is still an assumption.

        So please tell me from this information how you are so certain that Trout will be a better pro than Harper when all is said and done.

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        Not at all.

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      • TKDC says:

        That’s not all we know. We also know Trout is in the middle of one of the greatest age-20 seasons, if not the greatest, of all time.

        Harper had a better age-19 season than say, Willie Mays. Does that mean, because we have no other data for Harper, we should ignore the remainder of May’s career and say that it is premature to predict Harper’s career will fall short?

        You say it is an assumption. That’s what we’re doing here. We’re assuming. As of now, Harper’s career falls short of Jeff Blauser, but predicting it will end that way is retarded.

        The data that exists for both players, taken as a whole, suggests Trout is more likely to have a better career.

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      • @YanksFanInBeantown I think it is too early to expect him to regress, stay even, or improve.

        With that said, his 10.3 WAR/600 PA is the best for a 20 year old beating the A. Rod’s second best 8.7. I think that is a fairly decent difference to account for any error due to the sample sizes.

        So I do not find it hard to say that he has had or will have the best 20 year old season of all time.

        On top of that, he has not been in the big leagues long enough to make any statements about BABIP regression (which I hate the idea of anyway, no matter how long a player has played).

        What we do have is a trend in his wOBA: http://www.fangraphs.com/graphs.aspx?playerid=10155&position=OF&page=8&type=full

        He is continuously getting better as each day passes. Does he continue to get better? I don’t know, but it seems possible. Does he ever regress? I don’t know. It seems like the more he sees a pitcher and the more he sees any pitcher, he gets better. Sure there are diminishing returns, but it he certainly hasn’t yet reached the level of best season we know possible (Babe Ruth 1920, 13.8 WAR/600 PA).

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      • YanksFanInBeantown says:

        I love Mike Trout, he’s almost single-handedly put me back into contention in my fantasy league, but 77 games is just too small a sample size to be talking about the “best ever” yet.

        Bautista was outpacing him after 77 games last year and “only” ended up with 8.3 WAR. And his BABIP was nowhere near as insane/unsustainable as Trout’s is right now.

        And, last thing, none of the other seasons listed use UZR or even include baserunning, so it’s a little disingenuous to act like his WAR is an apples to apples comparison. I doubt his baserunning this year is significantly better than A-Rod’s, Cobb’s or Mantle’s 20 year old seasons.

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      • nobleisthyname says:

        @TKDC

        “The data that exists for both players, taken as a whole, suggests Trout is more likely to have a better career.”

        Sure. But there’s the problem. At this point there is far too little data to make any serious claim about which player will have the more illustrated career.

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      • Jon L. says:

        You can count me among the people that believed that Harper would have a better career than Trout, based on the scouts’ projections, but now believes Trout will have a better career than Harper, based on what we’ve seen this year.

        Either way, it’ll be fun to find out.

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    • Matty Brown says:

      Dave stated in the series that Harper was first until the last few insane weeks of Trout.

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  6. Bryce Harper says:

    Clown article bro.

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  7. Kevin says:

    For lack of anything better to say, Mike Trout is good at baseball.

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  8. Peter says:

    All things considered, how likely is Mike Trout to eventually end up in the Hall of Fame?

    80%?

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    • mrauscher says:

      It certainly looks like he has that level of talent, but there are just too many things that could go wrong to give him a 80% chance already. Look at guys like Dwight Gooden mentioned in the article, he could have dropped off from his rookie year performance and still ended up a Hall of Famer, but he didn’t come close. From a position player standpoint, look at guys like Fred Lynn or Darryl Strawberry.

      Having said that, I’m in no hurry to bet AGAINST Trout making the Hall of Fame, even if he may still be less than a 50/50 shot.

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    • Colin says:

      Well isn’t 60 WAR basically the cut point? So if he puts up a 10 WAR season to start he’s already 1/6th of the way there. Insane.

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    • chuckb says:

      That’s a little premature considering the fact that he’s been in the big leagues less than 1 season.

      80% chance at the Hall? I’d say that, right now, he’s closer to 8% than 80%.

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      • ramsey says:

        Considering 6/10 of the players with 6-WAR age-20 seasons are in the hall, and one is headed there, I’d say the odds are a bit better than 8% at this point.

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    • Joe says:

      Well for arguments sake if you look at the 10 guys above it would leave him at 60%. But anything can happen that we can’t predict. Lets just let him finish a full season before talking about him being a hall of famer.

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    • YanksFanInBeantown says:

      Tony Conigliaro disagrees.

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    • jim says:

      yeah, might want to temper those expectations

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  9. IronyMan says:

    Mike Trout has achieved singularity.

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  10. Evan says:

    The Angels have a history of developing young talented outfielders with an icthyology friendly nomenclature. (See: Salmon, Tim)…Alas, if only they had acquired Kevin Bass.

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  11. Impossibles says:

    Mike Trout is so good, he once was blocked by Bobby Abreu AND Vernon Wells, who had a combined 0.7 WAR in 2011.

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  12. Slats says:

    I wish Dustin Ackley was this good.

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  13. Sleight of Hand Pro says:

    Trout.

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  14. nik says:

    So is he going to be the first 300 million dollar player at age 26?

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  15. Eric R says:

    Trout, 6.0 WAR at age 20 in less than half a seasons worth of games. Alfredo Griffin, 3.1 WAR in 7300 PA

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  16. Dave, what do you think the chances are that in 20-30 years we dub Mike Trout the greatest of all time?

    Also, great article. Can we get a weekly update/edition of Mike Trout facts?

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  17. Vin says:

    His wRC+ is better than any season of Albert Pujols’ career, and he combines that with elite defense in center field.

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    • jj says:

      True but considering he has played half the games as Pujols played in most of his years, then I have to think that Pujols had a 188 wRC+ in a lot of 77 game spans. Not taking anything away from the season he is having but the season has 2 months left so I think waiting to crown someone king should wait until then.

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  18. Mel says:

    He is certainly the best of the current players named after fish (Mike Carp and Anthony Bass).

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  19. Homer says:

    I don’t get all the fuss. The best year Steve Trout ever had was 1984 when he put up 3.7 WAR. Other than that he was about a 1 win pitcher…hardly Hall of Fame worthy.

    Plus, why is everybody talking about him now, he’s been retired for years.

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  20. Peter says:

    Take your best shot at these Mike Trout hypotheticals:

    1. Percent chance of Mike Trout ending up in Hall of Fame?
    2. 2012 WAR total?
    2. Career HR and SB totals:
    3. If the Angels were to offer him a 10 year deal today, what is the lowest amount he would accept?
    4. Career WAR total?
    5. Assuming he reaches free agency ASAP, what does his contract look like?

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    • Peter says:

      Sorry about the typo:

      1. 80 %
      2a. 10.2
      2b. 440 HR, 660 SB
      3. $110M
      4. 95
      5. 10 YR, $300M

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    • ataraxia_ says:

      1. 60%
      2. 9.0
      2. 350HR/500SB
      3. Don’t want to do the math on team control discounts
      4. 100WAR
      5. 10 years; 250 million

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    • Nick says:

      1. I’d say 25% at this point. Anything can happen in the next 20 years. But historically speaking, he’s got at least a decent shot.
      2. I’d say around 9-9.5 WAR. He’s not used to the length and grind of an MLB season and might tire out a bit towards the last month. Plus he has to regress at least a little bit… eventually. Right?
      3. 10 years… probably at least $150M.
      4. Assuming he stays healthy, 60-80.
      5. If he even remotely keeps up this pace and becomes a FA at age 26… the sky is the limit. $300M+

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    • TKDC says:

      1. 54.3%
      2. 8.4
      2. 312/568
      3. 108.5
      4. 70.1
      5. 8/180

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    • Adam S says:

      1) 72% chance of the Hall of Fame. I’d gladly wager with anyone who only thinks he’s only 20-25% and wants to pay me 3:1.
      2) 9.5 WAR this year

      The others are too hard to project, or I’m just too lazy.

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  21. Marcus Turner says:

    I think the most important comparison between Gooden and Trout is that Trout does considerably less blow, according to all reports.

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  22. Nick says:

    He also saved me and my cat from a burning building yesterday. Thanks Mike!

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  23. dzigga says:

    GOAT, automatic first-ballot HOFer…. all he has to do is the same thing he’s been doing for another 20 years:

    4640 career hits
    3020 career runs
    620 career home runs
    2000 career rbi’s

    It’s unclear what could possibly stop him from achieving these totals.

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  24. Tinfoil Hat says:

    This is all a conspiracy by MLB! Pitchers are being ordered to serve up meatballs and let him steal! Hitters are being told to ignotrre babip and hit balls directly towards center!

    ‘Gota ask the question!’

    Trout is actually a Dolphin and is plotting to take over the world ala Simpsons!

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  25. Mike B. says:

    Trout may not be old enough to legally drink booze, but I know what he does drink a lot of–Ovaltine™. Lots and lots of Ovaltine™.

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  26. Bobby says:

    Frank Robinson’s age 20 season was 1956

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  27. Angelsjunky says:

    I’m hoping the Angels lock him up to a long-term deal after the season is over, maybe something like 10 years, $100-120 million. That would work for both parties, I think. He’d still be relatively young when he hits free agency at age 31.

    Certainly regression is due, but 20-year olds don’t play this well for this long without staying at or near this level. I wouldn’t be surprised to see ~.330/.420/.550 with 25+ HR and 40+ SB be his norm throughout his 20s, with a few seasons above that, maybe even a shot at .400 if everything aligns perfectly.

    On the other hand, it is fun to think about the possibility that he could get better. I mean, why not? He has improved in every month; I’d be surprised if August is better than July, but maybe it won’t be that much below it. Certainly history shows that when players start off this well they usually don’t get that much better; a lot o all-time greats start at a very high level and simply maintain it, or fluctuate a bit above and below it (Alex Rodriguez being a good example). But I don’t think we can write off the possibility that we’re seeing someone with the potential to play at a whole new level.

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    • Steve says:

      Well, it certainly works for the Angels.

      For Trout, that would be a terribly conservative bet.

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    • kind of says:

      He is great power potential and SB totals in his future but not a .400 batting average; he strikes out way too much. I saw a good Bill James article showing that he would have to roughly halve his strike out rate to get a 0.400 batting average at his current BABIP of over 40%.

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    • GoToWarMissAgnes says:

      Yeah, what’s with these ideas that he would sign a 10 year deal for something in the $100-125 million range? Factoring in inflation, it’s entirely possible (if not likely) he’d make that much in just the four years of free agency that such a contract would buy out, meaning he’d be playing his arbitration years for free. If the Angels offered him a 10 year deal right now, $150 million would have to be the starting point.

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      • TKDC says:

        It’s also entirely likely that something bad happens and he never makes close to that amount in his entire career; an amount that would set him and his extended family for life.

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      • TKDC says:

        Sorry, I meant possible, not likely. That is actually not likely at all, but possible.

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    • RandomFan says:

      10/120 is impossible as nobody should accept buying out 5 FA years(at least worth 22 mil each and at most 30+), even the vaunted Longoria contract only bought out 3 FA) plus the 2 Arb years(each 10 mil+)

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      • Jonathan says:

        Yeah, this speculation is silly. No way he does a deal for longer than 6-7 years. I realize everyone keeps saying “regression is coming!!” Well, regression to what? An 8 WAR 20yo? Ridiculous. Trout is looking to sign a $300-350mm deal when he is 26, not sign away his life until he is 29 at a below-market rate.

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      • The Real Neal says:

        Albert Pujols did it, basically.

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  28. tacoman says:

    How does one find the leaderboard for monthly WAR?

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  29. scott says:

    I just find it interesting that no one is talking about his power potential and how he is on pace for 30+ home runs as a 20 year old. What is his ultimate power potential?

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    • RandomFan says:

      This isn’t Harper who have 80 power, this is Trout with what scout before this season say about a 50-55 power tool(15-20HR was the KLaw projection) so I say 25 during his prime years is more likely than 35, but with his 80 speed he could hit enough triples still have a high SLG%.

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    • Phantom Stranger says:

      People don’t like hearing these things, but I think Trout is playing over his head at the moment, at least on offense regarding his power. Pitchers are still developing a book on him and no one has consistently figured out his weaknesses, but some smart pitcher will eventually figure out a hole.

      I still doubt he ever hits 45 homers in a season, especially if he plays in Anaheim his whole career.

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      • Steve says:

        Yeah, I think everyone realizes Trout is playing “over his head” right now. If he wasn’t, we’re essentially saying he is the greatest player in the history of MLB.

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      • Nash says:

        I think 30 HR power is realistic. Several of his homers this year have been impressive “excuse me” homers to the opposite field or CF. He’s not just roping stuff down the line. He’s just connecting cleanly and the ball is going into the seats.

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  30. GoToWarMissAgnes says:

    Not saying he’s likely to do either of these things, but whenever somebody gets a 30+ game hitting streak or is hitting .380+ by the midpoint, there are always articles about how hard it would be to hit the magic numbers. These articles usually describe the type of hitter it would take: lots of line drives and ground balls from someone with great speed. He probably needs to cut down on the Ks and make a little more contact, but he seems like the absolutely perfect candidate to make a serious chase.

    As an aside, as cool as it is to watch players chase down 40/40, it’s going to be cooler to see a guy go 30/80.

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  31. anon says:

    I think I saw Dave giving Trout a reach around in the alley the other night.

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  32. philosofool says:

    Griffey put up 2.8 WAR at 19, not 20. He was 5.3 WAR at 20.

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  33. Dalton says:

    I pitched against Trout when we were 12. He was great for his age, but no way did I think he’d ever make it to the bigs. So many kids looked like studs and flamed out by high school ball. This guy just continued on an upward trend and I root for this guy with all my heart

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    • rustydude says:

      How’d you do against him? What’d you throw him?

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      • jordan says:

        since he was 12…I’d assume fastballs..changeups…maybe a terrible curveball?

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      • Dalton says:

        Heh, Jordan’s not far off. Fastballs, changeups and a weak attempt at a curveball that 1 time in 5 would look somewhat like a forkball, the pitch that later gave me bone chips in my elbow (PSA: Don’t throw breaking stuff until you’re at least 16, kids).

        Anywho, he went 3-4 with an inside-the-park HR, 3B, 1B and K.

        And it wasn’t a 2-error 2B kind of inside the park’er, it was legit. He _was_ that fast.

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    • Basball Mom says:

      I watched Trout in his teens. From the stands it was OBVIOUS this guy had something magic. There wasn’t a ball anywhere in the outfield that he didn’t go after. He could play the entire outfield by himself. I think he invented planking lol….I think I have a couple pictures somewhere with him flying flat out about 3 feet parallel to the ground. Not only is he loaded with talent he’s a great guy. Jersey couldn’t be prouder of “our guy!!”

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  34. IDrago says:

    What are the chances, based on half a season of stats, that Mike Trout is literally the second coming of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior?

    97%? 99%?

    Obviously not less than 95%!

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  35. Donnie says:

    Mike Trout = The Franchise

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  36. ezb230 says:

    This is the best article about a 20-year-old I’ve ever read. To be fair, though, the last one about Bryce Harper was awfully impressive for an article about a 19-year-old.

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  37. 2012BaseballAmericaTop100 says:

    He’s not as good as Matt Moore.

    Or maybe I’m an idiot.

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  38. Mike Green says:

    The fun part are the realistic comps- Mantle, Mays, Griffey Jr., Pinson and Cedeno are the obvious ones with Trout looking more like the latter two than the former three. There really hasn’t been a player with anything resembling his skill set who has completely flamed out.

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    • YanksFanInBeantown says:

      It’s crazy to look at Mantle and Mays and realize how much better they were than any non-Bonds player I’ve ever seen. Even A-Rod wasn’t on that level.

      And Mantle barely had a right knee for his entire career.

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  39. Hurtlockertwo says:

    It’s ironic that last night NBC interviewed Shawn Johnson, the woman Gymnast that was the star of the 2008 Olympics and referred to her as a veteren, ex-Olympian, former champion and she is…….20 years old!!
    Maybe Trout will have a great career, maybe not, but at least he gets to play into his 30’s at least.

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  40. Luke W says:

    You generally hear things link “Not even necessarily the best player on his team” when discounting MVP candidates… I guess for me what’s remarkable is that he’s absolutely, unquestionably the best player on a team with Pujols, Trumbo, Weaver, (now Greinke). We can argue all day about his season’s place historically… but I would postulate that more people here sincerely believe he’s just plain better than every player I just mentioned, even ignoring his age and possible impact over the next 10-15 years.

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  41. Justin says:

    I love how everyone calls for a regression. He has a .402 BABIP and people think he’s actually lucky. His xBABIP is .434 which means the man is getting unlucky! A regression might be coming but only if bad luck hits him more.

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  42. David Scott says:

    Dear Mr. Trout,

    Please have a twenty-year HOF career with at least five WS titles, all of it with the Angels.

    Signed,
    Every Angel Fan in the Universe

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  43. Mike Green says:

    The age 20 leaderboard in OPS+ according to BB Ref:

    Mike Trout-183
    Ty Cobb-167
    Mel Ott- 165
    Mickey Mantle- 162
    Al Kaline- 162
    Alex Rodriguez-161
    Ted Williams-160
    Rogers Hornsby-150
    Jimmie Foxx-148
    Dick Burns-145

    At age 20, the Babe had an OPS+ of 188, but didn’t meet BBRef’s PA qualifying standard because he was pitching. I guess that it helps to be looking up to somebody.

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