While the Halos dropped two of three at Yankee Stadium to start the second half, Mike Trout just keeps playing at an MVP pace. After a 7-14 with four doubles and four stolen bases series, Trout now leads the world with a 5.1 rWAR (Baseball-Reference wins above replacement).
Of course, the Angels gave the rest of baseball nearly a month head start on Trout by letting him destroy Triple-A by hitting .403/.467/.623 over 20 games. But the 20-year-old has already caught up with the best players and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down after appearing in his first All Star Game during his rookie season.
Right, so, you all know Trout is really good at the baseball. At this point, everybody is saying it. The hype is getting crazy. ESPN even had an article on Monday about how incredibly well he hits low balls. It’s not our fault the words keep spilling out about him. He does something every night worth mentioning.
But just how special is Trout’s rookie season? How about the best ever? How does that sound? Sure, there is a lot of baseball left and he could regress (even if he’s showing no signs of that) but that should also help him when it comes to WAR. Even if the bat cools off, his defense and base running will keep accumulating value.
There have been 14 rookies that had an rWAR of 5.0 or better. Trout will make 15 but here’s the current list [Note: Play Index only sorted this by first season, not rookie season, so Dick Allen's 8.5 and others didn't show up. I stand by my point]…
Trout could be at the top of that list by season’s end. Ichiro already had an amazing professional career in Japan before being a “rookie” in 2001. Frankly, we’re talking about Trout having a better rookie season than the insane campaign Ted Williams put together in 1939. Williams ended up being a pretty good player.
Are we watching something historic? Maybe. But one thing is for sure, Mike Trout is must see TV every night.