Erstad vs Trout, a dozen years apart

Once upon a time there was a young Angels outfielder who had a dynamite offensive and defensive season.

His name was Darin Erstad and the year was 2000. His WAR was a spectacular +9 (just one win behind Mike Trout‘s legendary 2012).

Year   Age  Tm   G  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG
2000    26 ANA 157 676 121 240 39  6 25 100 28  8 64 82  .355 .409 .541
2012    20 LAA 139 559 129 182 27  8 30  83 49  5 67 139 .326 .399 .564

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table

Their stats above are pretty comparable.  Erstad batted 29 points higher with more doubles but Trout walked more, stole more bases and supplied more home-run power.

They were each clearly the best fielders on their team and both deserved gold gloves.  Also they were both managed by Mike Scioscia (Erstad in Mike’s first big league season as skipper).

Baseball people project Trout to be an all-time great and rightly so.  Unfortunately there is always a chance that he could peak a bit too early like so many projected greats have before.  Let’s hope not.

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Posted on January 19, 2013, in power speed, under 25 and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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