Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout: Baseball's LeBron James?

Danny HaugerCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 21:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after he was called out on a steal attempt against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 21, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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When LeBron James was set to make his NBA debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Sacramento Kings hosted a commercial in which both teams took the floor to create a true-to-life promo.

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels did not start the year in the major leagues, but he is proving to be every bit as sensational as basketball’s super rookie.

The 2003 NBA draft was full of talent, and it produced one of the greatest NBA athletes to play the game. It is way too early to predict that any rookie could carry out one spectacular season to projected legend status. James put the Cavaliers on the path to instant rebuild with 21 points per game and an array of statistical excellence.

But with that disclaimer stated, it would not be ridiculous to consider the potential of a 21-year-old phenom with five-tool ability to become a special player.

Trout shows promise that few rookies do and leadership that few professionals demonstrate at such a young age.

The smiles, pats on the back from veteran class-act Torii Hunter and quick swing through the zone are reminiscent of no one. Comparisons fall short. Relative statistics show a select few of historical archives that warrant no comparison for the short track record of Trout.

What is easy to see is how quickly fans can flock to Mike Trout. His home-run robbing defense, blinding speed and power-contact balance exemplify how to play the game correctly.

Watching Trout put up video-game numbers in the majors after three successful minor league seasons brings into question why the most over-thought game in the world evades outstanding athletes in failed attempts.

Mike Trout and LeBron James both delivered on every ounce of hype. They continue to improve and excel. Trout has an opportunity to be special, and the hype has not dwindled through his first year. I compare the eagerness for the first James dunk in Sacramento to the excitement of each at-bat during this 2012 season for Trout.

Young talent gives us hope for the future, both in sports and in life.