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Mike Trout’s Staggering Short Career

Mike Trout has tied Vernon Wells for career Wins*.

Wells has five-thousand more plate appearances than Trout.

The young Angel in Anaheim has surpassed the following center fielders in career Wins:

*WAR according to FanGraphs

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Emerging Young Hitters Since the ASG

Eight big league batters have posted a .450 On-Base Percentage since the 2013 all-star game. To little surprise we have Mike Trout, Yasiel Puig and Joey Votto among the elite hitters.

There are more interesting names among the leaders.  Of course this is a small sample size (3 weeks of games), but I want to give Astros, Mets and Cubs fans something to be happy about.

Rk

Tm

G

H

BB

BA

OBP ▾

SLG

1

Mike Trout

Los Angeles

21

26

22

.382

.543

.647

2

Wil Myers

Tampa Bay

16

25

10

.431

.507

.741

3

Jayson Werth

Washington

20

24

12

.393

.500

.705

4

Ike Davis

New York

20

17

17

.327

.493

.538

5

Yasiel Puig

Los Angeles

19

26

13

.356

.472

.575

6

Joey Votto

Cincinnati

20

25

15

.362

.471

.565

7

Welington Castillo

Chicago

17

16

12

.327

.468

.449

8

Robbie Grossman

Houston

11

17

4

.415

.467

.707

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/10/2013.

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.