Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper: Who Will Have the Better Sophomore Season?

Gary Ousdahl@@GaryOusdahlCorrespondent IIApril 21, 2013

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 19:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits an RBI double in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 19, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Early into the 2013 season, both Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are already proving that the idea of the "sophomore slump" is a myth when it comes to these two talented players.  

Harper, who went 3-for-3 Saturday in a win over the New York Mets, also had two home runs on the day, a double, three RBI and three runs scored.  This outstanding performance brought his season slash line to .371/.426/.758 with seven home runs, three doubles, 11 RBI and 13 runs scored. 

Pretty amazing stats for this early in the season, don't you think?

Trout, on the other hand, got off to a slow start this season, but hit a grand slam Saturday for his second home run of the year while going 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored.  His season slash line is now at .304/.347/.522 with two home runs, a triple, seven doubles, 11 RBI, 11 runs scored and a stolen base.  Sure his average may not be as high as Harper's, but his numbers are equally as impressive at this early stage of the season.

So who will have the better sophomore season?

Wow, this is a very loaded question that is sure to cause a ton of argument and varied opinions.

Sure, they are both reigning Rookie of the Year winners in each of their respected leagues.  

Trout will obviously steal more bases, will likely play a better outfield and hit more triples on the season. But the way that Harper is currently hitting the ball, he could possibly hit 40 home runs on the season and is already arguably a contender for the National League Most Valuable Player of the Year award.  

Not that Trout isn't a prime candidate for the American League Most Valuable Player of the Year award (he finished second in voting last year), but with their current numbers, Harper is just performing better this early in the season and is hitting some bombs that don't make any sense for his size.

But does that make Harper the better all-around player?

If I had to put my money on one guy or another right now, I would probably go with Trout just due to his multi-tool abilities.  Not only can he hit, but he has Gold Glove-capable defense in center, can hit for power, is a huge threat on the basepaths and will certainly score a ton of runs with the current Angels lineup.

Not that Harper won't score a ton of runs in the offensively potent Nationals lineup, but he doesn't have the speed to match Trout's and will most likely not put up the kind of numbers that Trout is capable of.

However, Harper also has a wicked arm in the outfield, and with the way he is currently playing will most likely be a candidate for a Gold Glove award himself one day in the near future.

So who will have the better sophomore season?

Right now, it's still too difficult to say with the way both players are currently performing, but my vote is still with Trout regardless of how well Harper has done lately.

What do you think?  Am I wrong?  Would love to hear your thoughts...