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8/7/1991 (25 y, 6 m, 12 d)
2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 25, Overall: 25, Team: Los Angeles Angels
$144.5M / 6 Years (2015 - 2020)
Trout said that he would like to get back to 40 steals this season, the Orange County Register reports. (2/19/2017)
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With the addition of Albert Pujols to the Angels roster in the offseason, Mike Trout is probably now only the second-most talented field player in the organization. There are two curious things about that. For one, Trout only just turned 20 years old in the beginning of August; for two, he may not even break camp with the team. The Pujols signing adds to what was already a substantial logjam for the Angels at the DH and outfield spots. It's likely that, with Bobby Abreu, Peter Bourjos, Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells, and even Mark Trumbo all likely to play some outfield, Trout would be unable to receive the sort of PAs a prospect needs for proper development. If and when he does play, he'll likely be excellent, with potential to produce mid-teens home runs and mid-30s stolen bases, were he given a full-time role. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Opportunity, and not talent, is the issue for Trout in 2012. An outfield logjam in Anaheim means that the org's second-best field player might start the season in Triple-A.
What is there to say about Mike Trout? He's good, and he'll be 21 for most of next season, and uh... Truthfully, despite his age and awesomeness, he may never again be as good, overall, as he was in 2012. But even half of 2012 Mike Trout is still a stud in both real an fantasy baseball. While regression is to be expected, his youth also indicates likely progress, and it is not like his batting average on balls in play, while high, was insanely high for a fast player like Trout. While you probably should not draft Trout expecting .330/.400/.560 with 30 home runs and 50 steals or whatever, .300/.380/.510 with 20 home runs and 30 steals is pretty awesome in any fantasy league, too, and is both reasonable and perhaps conservative. Don't forget that his counting stats should be continue to rock with Josh Hamilton added to Albert Pujols in the order, and that Trout will get a full-season of playing time while leading off, which also will mean tons of opportunities. I suppose the real question is whether he is the overall number one pick. It seems that the only other contenders are Miguel Cabrera and Ryan Braun. One really cannot go wrong with any of the three. In keeper leagues, Trout's the one, but unless your keeper league just started, he is already taken. As reliably awesome as Cabrera is (even more so now that he has third-base eligibility), in category leagues I would take Braun or Trout over him because of the steals. Decide for yourself. Let's make it simple: if Trout is available when your pick comes around, don't get fancy or outsmart yourself. The only acceptable picks over Trout are Braun or Cabrera (and not Melky, even if he's on goofballs again). (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Don't waste time overthinking it: the only question you should have with Mike Trout is whether he, Miguel Cabrera, or Ryan Braun is the first overall pick.
How do you follow up on a 10-win season? How about 10.4. While some in fantasy circles might have grumbled about fewer steals, Mike Trout managed a more valuable season by way of wins above replacement via on base percentage in large part due to a spike in his walk rate to over 15%. There's really no use showering him with accolades here, because you know all about him. Most reasonable projection systems suggest Trout ought to be able to hit something in the ballpark of .315/.410/.540 with near 30 home runs and over 30 steals to go along with 100+ runs and 90+ RBI. And if he "only" does that, it would be his worst production to date. Amazing.
The Quick Opinion:
What can you possibly say about Mike Trout that hasn't already been said? He's either the first or second player off the board in most reasonable fantasy formats. He's a five-category fantasy star, and he probably will be for a decade.
What do you get for the man who has everything? Mike Trout finally got his MVP in 2014. oddly coming in his worst overall season. Trout blasted a career-high 36 home runs and his .274 isolated slugging was second best among qualified hitters. His power came at a price, as Trout struck out in more than 26% of his plate appearances, making less contact than his previous seasons and looking especially vulnerable against pitches up in the strike zone. The question for 2015 is one of compromise: can he maintain the power without abandoning the patience and contact skills that make him the on-base machine of years past? The best player in the game has the (otherworldly) talent to offer the best of both worlds, to say nothing of his speed on the bases. He stole just 16 bases in 2014 and drew 27 fewer walks than the previous year. If the low-ball masher can better handle the high stuff and get back on his stolen base horse, the sky is quite literally the limit. (Drew Fairservice)
The Quick Opinion:
The best player in the game looks to rediscover his speed and on-base skills to become the perfect baseball weapon once again.
What am I supposed to tell you that you don't already know? Mike Trout is the best baseball player on Earth right now, and has been for several years. One year of Bryce Harper matching Trout by going full Mantle isn't enough to change that -- yet. The historical update on Trout looks like this: he's been worth more Wins Above Replacement through age 23 than any player in the history of baseball. The only better hitters than Trout through age 23, by weighted runs created plus, are Ted Williams, Joe Jackson, Stan Musial and Ty Cobb. He's got more homers than all those guys had when they were his age, and only Mel Ott, Eddie Mathews and A-Rod topped Trout before they turned 23. The first four seasons of Trout's career are already better than the four-year peaks of all but nine players in baseball history. Trout isn't quite the same all-around, base-stealing, Gold Glove winning dynamo he was in his rookie year, but that's all likely due in part to him becoming one of the game's very premier power hitters, right there with Harper and Giancarlo Stanton. Trout hit 41 bombs last year, and there's no telling where the ceiling is. Trout hitting 50 certainly doesn't seem out of reach. The one weakness he had -- the high fastball -- was exposed in 2014, and quickly patched up in 2015. Pitchers will have to find a new way to get him out. Whatever it is, you can count on it not working. (
The Quick Opinion:
The best in the world.
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