Mike Trout: Could Angels Phenom Win AL Batting Title?

James MorisetteCorrespondent IIIJune 9, 2012

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 03:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits an RBI single in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 3, 2012 in Anaheim, California. The Rangers won 7-3.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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After Bryce Harper feasted on the Boston Red Sox Friday at Fenway Park, LA Angels rookie outfielder Mike Trout went to work against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Nine innings and one Angels 7-2 victory later, Trout found himself just a few at-bats short of qualifying for the American League batting title race.

With his 3-for-4 performance against the Rockies, Trout is batting .340 (50-for-147). He also has five home runs and 22 RBI to go with nine doubles, three triples and 11 stolen bases. Trout’s OBP/SLG/OPS is .398/.544/.942.

In the last 10 games, Trout is batting .439 (18-for-41). He has six multi-hit games to just three strikeouts. In June, Trout is hitting .500 (14-for-28) with a .531/.643/1.174  line.

Pretty impressive numbers for this 20-year-old, to say the least.

For the record, Trout’s teammate Mark Trumbo is batting .330 (60-for-182). This is good for third in the AL behind Paul Konerko (.361) and Josh Hamilton (.338). Trumbo’s numbers are also impressive. In 50 games, he has 12 homers with 31 RBI. He also has 14 doubles and a .379/.615/.994 line. Only Hamilton and Joey Votto can boast a higher slugging percentage.

Could baseball fans be watching the early stages of an AL batting race between two teammates?

Surely, it is too early to tell.

But for Angels fans, watching Trout and Trumbo develop into stars has to be exciting.

As an MLB writer, it will be fun to watch these two ballplayers to see if they can shock the baseball world.  


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