Ah yes, we’ve reached the final section of this spring training guide so let’s end on a high note with the best player in baseball, Mike Trout.
Unlike the other outfielders we’ve talked about and possibly platooning the corners in the outfield, Trout is in center field, and there are no real questions when talking about his performance. In a short 60-game season, Trout slashed .281/.390/.603 with an OPS+ of 168, and in a conference call with reporters, he personally said, ‘last year, I had a bad year.’
To a certain degree, he’s right, most of his numbers were near career lows for him, but it was still a 60 game season where he couldn’t have time to make adjustments.
Mike Trout believes he still has a lot of room to improve, and hopes to end the Angels playoff-drought.
This shows the kind of player Trout is, humble and always looking to improve on something. There’s no doubt in Trout’s ability on the field as he’s solidified his spot on MLB Network’s top 100 as the number one player in baseball right now for another year. He’s always been a tough out for pitchers and shows that he’s one of the best all-around players by showing off his contact, power, speed, and fielding seemingly every day he’s on the field.
He still hasn’t won a gold glove yet, which he says he wants to win eventually, and he certainly has the skills to it.
The knock on one of the best players in baseball is something that isn’t even in his control, being the face of baseball. This sport has had a rough time trying to market the best player in the game and get more people talking about him and knowing who he is.
There is a drastic difference between being the best player and being the face of baseball, which could arguably be someone who recently signed a long-term extension in San Diego, Fernando Tatis Jr. of the Padres. It’s not fair to compare them as people, with Tatis Jr. being one of the more flashy and outgoing players in the game.
Either way, this is not Trout’s problem and is more on Major League Baseball as it struggles to figure out how to market many of its players, not just Trout.
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For now, Angels fans know who Mike Trout is, and there’s no debate on whether he’s the best player in the game right now. He is. Trout is looking to improve, which sounds impossible, but don’t tell that to him, as he could get better.