It’s getting hard to keep up with the assault Mike Trout has put on Major League Baseball. Despite my pleas and baskets of Edible Arrangements, the fine folks at Baseball-Reference refuse to build me a Trout Index. The 21-year-old phenom was breaking records again on Friday night’s win over the Rangers.
Trout already owns the Angels single season record for rWAR (Baseball-Reference wins above replacement) but his 10.5 mark this year also makes him 24th on the Angels career WAR list. He’s passed Devon White’s 284 total bases record for a rookie Angel. Trout is the youngest player to hit 20 home runs and steal 40 bases. With one more homer and three more steals, he’d be the youngest to 30-50 and the only other guy to do it after Eric Davis and Barry Bonds. And he’s had more bad fish pun headlines written about him than any other player in sports history.
It took six Ryan Dempster pitches into Friday’s game for Trout to hit his fifth leadoff home run of the year. He would need two more to tie the AL rookie record set by Nomar Garciaparra in 1997. The home run did set a record though. With his 125th run scored, Trout passed Vladimir Guerrero for the franchise record. Not satisfied, Trout tripled in his next plate appearance to break the Angels rookie hits record of 172 set by Wally Joyner in 1986.
Mike Trout is a 6’1, 210 pound bully holding the Angels franchise upside down and shaking it until all of the records fall out of its pockets. It couldn’t be any more fun to watch.