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Mike Trout Is Historic, Probably


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]…

Rk Player WAR/pos Year Age G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB BA OBP SLG
1 Ichiro Suzuki 7.5 2001 27 157 738 127 242 34 8 8 69 30 56 .350 .381 .457
2 Ted Williams 6.6 1939 20 149 675 131 185 44 11 31 145 107 2 .327 .436 .609
3 Jason Heyward 6.3 2010 20 142 623 83 144 29 5 18 72 91 11 .277 .393 .456
4 Albert Pujols 6.3 2001 21 161 676 112 194 47 4 37 130 69 1 .329 .403 .610
5 Frank Robinson 6.2 1956 20 152 667 122 166 27 6 38 83 64 8 .290 .379 .558
6 Mitchell Page 5.8 1977 25 145 592 85 154 28 8 21 75 78 42 .307 .405 .521
7 Lou Klein 5.8 1943 24 154 696 91 180 28 14 7 62 50 9 .287 .342 .410
8 Alvin Davis 5.7 1984 23 152 678 80 161 34 3 27 116 97 5 .284 .391 .497
9 Glenn Wright 5.5 1924 23 153 662 80 177 28 18 7 111 27 14 .287 .318 .425
10 Jimmie Hall 5.3 1963 25 156 571 88 129 21 5 33 80 63 3 .260 .342 .521
11 Johnny Pesky 5.2 1942 22 147 686 105 205 29 9 2 51 42 12 .331 .375 .416
12 Paul Waner 5.1 1926 23 144 618 101 180 35 22 8 79 66 11 .336 .413 .528
13 Bump Wills 5.0 1977 24 152 617 87 155 28 6 9 62 65 28 .287 .361 .410
14 Charlie Hollocher 5.0 1918 22 131 588 72 161 23 6 2 38 47 26 .316 .379 .397
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/16/2012.

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.

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