He just hit his 14th home run of the season in a loss today against the Detroit Tigers. And while he may not be on pace to break Mark McGwire’s rookie record of 49 dingers, Mike Trout has displayed power most 20 year old ball players can only dream they possessed. The scary part of his hitting is just that: hitting. Mike Trout is not a home run slugger but a pure hitter. At least for this season.
While some analysts are predicting a 500-600 home run career for Trout, he is currently leading the American League in batting average hitting at a remarkable .352 at post time. He has the ability to hit 40+ home runs in a season but his main focus seems to be getting on base. And once Mike is on, it’s on. Trout is currently tied for the league lead in stolen bases with 30 bags and might be the fastest player in the game.
On top of all his stellar stats, he has also made the catch of the year (pictured), which is currently the 18 time reigning web-gem champ as voted on by ESPN fans. If the season were to end today, Trout would also likely be voted the American league MVP as he leads the AL in offensive wins above replacement (oWAR).
It’s hard to say if he is the best rookie the league has ever seen but Trout just may be the most exciting. Yes, Stephen Strasburg was probably the most hyped and electrifying rookie in recent memory, but his season was cut short due to injury. If there was ever a rookie better than Mike Trout, it would have to be his own teammate, Albert Pujols. At least from a total offensive standpoint, Pujols’ rookie season wins up to this point. But factor in defense, base running and work ethic and who knows. It would be interesting to see what Trout could do on the mound.
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