3. Mike Trout is the best player in baseball and is just now coming into his prime.
Mike Trout has put up eye-popping numbers in his first seven seasons in the big leagues not to mention that he has finished in the top two in the MVP race in five of his first six seasons, winning the award twice. Trout has hit 236 home runs already while driving in 640 runs, stealing 189 bases and batting .307. He also has a career .990 OPS. Trout has an outside chance of winning his third MVP this season as his numbers are better than ever other than his RBI total.
The chance that Mike Trout’s production will drop off is minimal at this point in his career. He has at least six more prime seasons remaining in his career and probably three or four more good years left after that. There is always a risk of injury, but so far Trout has avoided any serious injuries. Putting him in the third or fourth spot in the line-up is a luxury for any manager as Trout has shown the ability to produce stellar numbers even in the lead-off spot.