Through 13 games of the 2021 season, I think it’s still fair to label Angels outfielder Mike Trout as the undisputed best player in baseball. It’s rare for pitchers to get the best of Trout on a consistent basis so it got us thinking, which pitchers have had the most success against the three-time MVP?
It should be noted, we’re basing this list on pitchers with at least 20 plate appearances against Trout while breaking down the following categories: lowest batting average, slugging percentage, and most strikeouts.
Angels: Who are the pitchers with success against Mike Trout?
Before that, we’ll start with Trout’s performances this season. The 29-year-old has a .368 batting average and 1.276 OPS to go along with four home runs and ten RBI in 44 at-bats this season.
The Statcast data also gives further proof of how locked-in he is at the plate. Trout holds MLB’s third-highest average exit velocity (95.4 MPH), fourth-highest hard-hit percentage (64.3%), and the highest barrel percentage (25%).
After a ‘down season’ last summer (by his standards), Trout is proving early on he’s getting better with age. He already has a career slash line of .305/.419/.584 in 11 MLB seasons. It’s a scary thought for the rest of the league, but he’s clearly not slowing down any time soon.
Mike Trout Last 5 Seasons:
- 2017 (114 games): 507 PA (.306/.442/.629) 33 HR 72 RBI
- 2018 (140 games): 608 PA (.312/.460/.628) 39 HR 79 RBI
- 2019 (134 games): 600 PA (.291/.438/.645) 45 HR 104 RBI
- 2020 (53 games): 241 PA (.281/.390/.603) 17 HR 46 RBI
- 2021 (13 games): 57 PA (.386/.526/.750) 4 HR 10 RBI
The next step for the Angels is to surround Trout with the right pieces to get him into the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons, but that’s whole other conversation.
Right now we’re going to take a look at the pitcher’s who have the most success against baseball’s best player beginning with this future Hall of Famer.