Angels outfielder Mike Trout has won yet another Silver Slugger Award.
As announced today, Angels outfielder Mike Trout has won his eighth Silver Slugger Award in just his nine full season in the big leagues. Obviously the sheer number of awards is impressive, but considering that he hopped into Major League Baseball and collected them in rapid succession is the most impressive part of this feat.
Mike Trout missed the cut as an MVP finalist this week, but he is still going to be taking home some hardware after another terrific season. Trout posted a 164 wRC+ this season with a whopping 2.6 WAR in just 53 games. Trout also contributed 17 home runs and 46 runs batted in across the shortened season.
In winning number 8 of his career, Trout has become the first player in Major League Baseball history to have that many to his name before the age of 28. He is second all time in Silver Sluggers to just Giants legend Barry Bonds who has 12. Trout could quite easily get there by the end of his career as he shows no real signs of slowing down.
The other American League outfielders to win the Silver Slugger in the shortened season were Blue Jays rising star Teoscar Hernandez and White Sox young star Eloy Jimenez. Trout had a fantastic season despite not earning an MVP finalist nod and likely would have received one had the season gone the full 162 game distance.
Trout will almost 100 percent be in the mix again next season as he remains the best player in all of baseball. This is just the latest announcement that cements the outfielder as such and his career accolades seem poised to continue to rack up. We have come to expect great things from Trout and while he is inarguably the best player in the sport at the moment, he also is working on his case to being the greatest player in baseball history every time he steps on the field.