Mike Trout: How Does His Rookie Year Stack Up Against Other Historic Rookies?
If you have not been afforded the opportunity to witness a Mike Trout game yet this season, you've been rather unfortunate.
Trout is easily the most exciting young player in all of Major League Baseball. All due respect to Bryce Harper, but Trout is much, much more entertaining to watch.
For those who are unaware of the incredible season the 20-year-old (21 on August 7th) is having, take a look at his season stats to date: through 81 games he owns a batting line of .353/.411/.608/1.109.
He leads the league in runs with 80, stolen bases with 31 and OPS+ at 185. His .353 batting average is also by far the best in the AL.
Of his 116 hits, 43 have gone for extra bases: 20 doubles, five triples and 18 home runs.
What's more, he has only been caught stealing once in 32 attempts. Oh, and he was a member of the 2012 American League All-Star team.
In short, Trout has been really, really good this year for the Los Angeles Angels.
Comparing Trout to some of the greatest rookie seasons in history, he is having arguably the most remarkable of them all.
His .353 batting average is tops among stud rookies. He has managed to hit better than such players as Ichiro Suzuki (.350), Ted Williams (.327) and Mike Piazza (.318) in their respective rookie seasons.
While he is not about to touch Vince Coleman's 110 stolen bases as a rookie with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985, his 31 swiped bags is still pretty impressive. Those 31 thefts lead not only the American League, but as of this article, all of Major League Baseball, ahead of players like Dee Gordon (30), Emilio Bonifacio (28) and Michael Bourn (28), respectively.
His league-leading 80 runs puts him on pace to surpass such great rookies as Wally Berger (98), Albert Pujols (112), Mike Piazza (81), Mark McGwire (97) and Fred Lynn (103), while likely falling short of Ichiro's 127 and Ted Williams' 131.
As far as home runs are concerned, Williams blasted 31, and of course, Mark McGwire holds the record of 49, the most for a rookie. Trout will likely finish somewhere in between the two. Currently owning 18, it is hard not to see him belting at least a dozen more bombs before the season ends.
Across the board, Trout has proven himself to be an impressive five-tool player. Watching this young man develop day in and day out is truly an amazing experience; one that is a blast to witness.
The Angels have themselves one of the most exciting young players in all of the Major Leagues and a player that will certainly become the face of baseball in just a few short years.
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