Mike Trout having best season of his career. Can Angels follow suit?
By David Rice
It is safe to say that Mike Trout is the best player in baseball, especially with the season he is having in 2018. Trout has already won two AL MVP awards and this year if he continues, he could win #3.
Mike Trout has been an amazing talent ever since he arrived in Anaheim in 2011. Although his July and August call-ups in 2011 weren’t spectacular many could already see how talented Trout was.
On April 28, 2012 Mike Trout was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake City the Angels were struggling and new free agent signee Albert Pujols was in the midst of his worst start of his career. Trout got to work right away garnering back-to-back AL Rookie of the Month Awards in May and June of 2012 and also player of the week honors on June 11, 2012 for the previous week’s exploits. He probably should won the Rookie of the Month in July, too.
In May Trout hit .324 with five homers and 16 RBIs and eight stolen bases. In June of 2012 he followed up with a .372 average with three homers and 16 RBIs and he stole 14 bases. In July, Trout hit .392 with 10 homers, 23 RBIs and nine stolen bases.
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Trout’s pre-All-Star Break numbers were 12 homers with 40 RBIs with 25 stolen bases and a .341 batting average which was good enough to earn his first of many All-Star Game selections.
Trout continued his amazing career winning back-to-back AL MVP awards in 2014 and 2015. In 2014 Trout finished with 36 homers and 111 RBIs with 16 stolen bases and a .287 batting average. In 2015 Trout followed it up with a career-high 41 homers with 90 RBIs and a .299 batting average.
However, these numbers pale in comparison to what Trout has done so far in 2018. Trout so far this season is hitting .335 with 23 home runs and 48 RBIs with 13 stolen bases and a .469 OBP. Projecting this out over a full season Trout would finish with 51 homers and 114 RBIs with 31 stolen bases. All of these numbers with the exception of the stolen bases would be career-highs for Trout.
When Mike Trout takes the field tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays it will be the 1,000th game of his amazing career. Trout’s career numbers are eye-popping with 224 home runs, 617 runs batted in, 1,126 hits, 752 runs scored, and 178 stolen bases. Trout’s career batting average is .308 and .414 OBP with a .989 OPS.
To put this in perspective compared to Albert Pujols who has played in 2,642 career games and has 625 home runs and 1,958 runs batted in with a .303 career average, a .384 OBP and a .941 OPS. Pujols also has 3,036 career hits and has scored 1,751 runs.
If Mike Trout keeps up this pace and plays 2,642 games like Pujols has he would have 592 home runs, 1,628 RBIs, 2,972 hits with 470 stolen bases and 1,985 runs scored. These are very strong numbers which would certainly equate to a Hall of Fame enshrinement.
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Hopefully Trout will do all this wearing an Angel uniform. Even more importantly hopefully the Angels can surround Trout with a team that can win a World Series Title, maybe two. One can dream can’t he?
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For right now let’s sit back and enjoy the greatness that is Mike Trout and a possible third AL MVP season.