The LA Angels went 0-4 in Gold Glove voting on Sunday, including Mike Trout missing out yet again on the award.
So when will Mike Trout win the elusive Gold Glove Award?
Honestly, it’s going to be a tough one for him. The American League is stacked with defensive specialists patrolling the middle of the outfield. While Trout is a great defender, he falls just short of being named alongside the most elite AL center fielders.
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This season was made especially tough as Trout missed a large portion of the year due to injury, while also logging extra games as a designated hitter.
While it’s always possible for Trout to win the Gold Glove due to his elite athleticism and route running, unless Kevin Kiermaier and Byron Buxton miss a lot of a season, get traded, or decline in skill, Trout will always be an underdog in this award.
Honestly, and don’t immediately click away from this because I swear it makes sense, Trout’s best chance to win a Gold Glove Award might very well be 4-5 years from now.
Hear me out, in 4-5 years, Mike Trout might not be a center fielders anymore. In a perfect world, Jo Adell becomes the elite center fielder we all hope for and takes over for Trout as his natural athleticism starts to dwindle.
Whether it is in right field or left field, a still-elite Trout will have a far better chance of capitalizing on defense. While he came into the league with an iffy arm, he’s turned it into an absolutely cannon with deadly accuracy. Assuming his range doesn’t fall off a cliff, Trout will instantly be one of the best corner outfielders in the American League.
It’s hard to imagine who Trout’s main competition will be in a half decade, but Mooke Betts is worth mentioning. He won this year and is as good as outfielders get in the corner. If Trout moves to right field, he’ll still have to beat out Betts for the award (assuming the right fielder stays in the AL during his free agency next season).
So can I guarantee Trout will win a Gold Glove award? Not necessarily. However, he’s going to have a lot of chances to do so. Whether that comes in center field, right field, or left field, Trout will continuously be a candidate to win the ever elusive Gold Glove.