Which LA Angels Are the Best At Each of the Five Tools?
By Vincent Page
Contact: Mike Trout
With his batting average never dropping below .287 in a full season at the big league level, Mike Trout gets the nod for best contact. Every other season (outside of 2015 when he hit .299) in the MLB, Trout has been above a .300 batting average.
The real beauty of Trout’s ability at the plate is his ability to change. Once one of the highest strikeout rates in the MLB, even leading the league with 184 in 2014, Trout has cut down on that number considerably.
Trout, obviously, was in consideration for literally every other category as well, but other Halos need to shine too. While he would have been the nominee for speed as well as contact, Trout ranks in the Top 3 for each of the remaining categories as well.
Power: Shohei Ohtani
I mean, this one is a no-brainer. Shohei Ohtani can hit a baseball so hard, so far, and so fast, it’s jaw-dropping. His rookie season was filled with highlights of the long ball, including hitting the third deck during batting practice.
22 home runs is cool and everything, but the raw power Ohtani shows before the game is equally as exciting. Even before he came to America, he was hitting home runs off the ceiling of Japanese stadiums.
Ohtani arguably has the best power in the MLB. With him sidelined from pitching this season and focused solely on hitting, his numbers will only go up, and there are sure to be a few home runs that leave Angel fans worried about steroid testing.