Mike Trout is a part of an elite group known as center fielders. The position has been home to some of the most dominating players in baseball history. Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Tris Speaker, Ken Griffey Junior, Ty Cobb, just to name a few and the list could easily go on from there. These names are baseball royalty. These days Angels have their own king of baseball in centerfield.
In a season filled to the brim with disappointment thus far, one thing remains the same. Mike Trout is still the best player in baseball. At just 24 years old and set to turn 25 in August and he kid fish just keeps on getting better.
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One area the Angels won’t need to try and get better in this offseason is centerfield. It will be absolutely impossible for them to get better out there when the best position player in baseball plays there.
Trout went into the All-Star Break hitting .322 with 18 home runs and 58 runs batted in. He didn’t stop there though. He became the first player in history with hit in his first at bat in five straight all-star games. Trout has had a reputation of going through cold streaks as well for three or four weeks. This season though, he hasn’t gone more than three games without getting a hit. This guy is insane at the plate.
His defense isn’t anything to scoff at either. Owning a .992 fielding percentage lifetime. The one area that critics could critic was his throwing arm and even that has become stronger. He already has five outfield assists this season, compared to eight that he had all of last season.
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Simply put Mike Trout is doing Mike Trout things and we in Anaheim (not LA, Arte) are fortunate enough to be able to watch him do them everyday. ESPN recently named Trout the sixth best centerfielder of all time. Ahead of names like Tris Speaker, Cool Papa Bell and Duke Snider. While I don’t necessarily agree with that assessment just yet, due to the lack of service time, it does speak volumes for what Trout has done so far. Jim Caple of ESPN wrote “Forget the Bryce Harper hype– this is the best plater in the game today.” Now, I can agree with that.
Just for fun, Trout’s .322/18 homers and 58 RBI compared to Harper’s .256/19 homers and 50 RBI. Harper is good but Trout is better.
Grade: A+ Surprise, Surprise Trout has earned an A+ for the season so far.
Trout isn’t the only one who has seen time in centerfield for the Angels this season. He is the only one who matters, but he isn’t the only one. Shane Robinson has played centerfield 13 times this season. Mostly to give Trout some time off in blowout games.
Shane Robinson hasn’t fared as well. Listed at just 5’9 and 170lbs, the little guy has been serviceable but nothing Troutstanding. Granted, that isn’t a fair standard to try and live up to. Robinson is batting .215 with one homerun and seven RBI on the season. Because he is a fill-in guy who started in Triple-A, I’ll give him a B+ on the season. At least he’s trying right?