Stealing the Spotlight: Mike Trout

June 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

by Kevin Harrington

As any marginally interested baseball fan knows, the 2012 MLB season has been a coming out party for nineteen year-old phenom, Bryce Harper. The future All-Star has been on quite a tear during his well-publicized rookie campaign, hitting a respectable .280 along with 34 runs and 20 RBI’s. However, the stat line should back up my previous statement…“future all-star.” I am very aware of the massive potential that this kid brings to a very young and dangerous Washington Nationals team, but at this point and time it would be (as Harper might put it) a “clown question, bro” to ask which rookie is making the biggest splash this season.

s any marginally interested baseball fan knows, the 2012 MLB season has been a coming out party for nineteen year-old phenom, Bryce Harper. The future All-Star has been on quite a tear during his well-publicized rookie campaign, hitting a respectable .280 along with 34 runs and 20 RBI’s. However, the stat line should back up my previous statement…“future all-star.” I am very aware of the massive potential that this kid brings to a very young and dangerous Washington Nationals team, but at this point and time it would be (as Harper might put it) a “clown question, bro” to ask which rookie is making the biggest splash this season.

As any marginally interested baseball fan knows, the 2012 MLB season has been a coming out party for nineteen year-old phenom, Bryce Harper. The future All-Star has been on quite a tear during his well-publicized rookie campaign, hitting a respectable .280 along with 34 runs and 20 RBI’s. However, the stat line should back up my previous statement…“future all-star.” I am very aware of the massive potential that this kid brings to a very young and dangerous Washington Nationals team, but at this point and time it would be (as Harper might put it) a “clown question, bro” to ask which rookie is making the biggest splash this season.

When I saw Mike Trout make his first appearance in the Bigs almost a year ago, I wasn’t impressed. After paying very close attention to his dominance in the minor leagues as just a teenager, I jumped on the opportunity to add the youngest MLB player to my fantasy team only to watch him struggle mightily and get sent back to the minors. He must’ve learned from his mistakes because although he retains his rookie eligibility this season, he is playing like a wily veteran.

Since his call-up just weeks after the season began, he has simply been on fire. During the 2012 season, Trout has amassed a .345 batting average, 47 runs scored, 30 RBI’s, 7 home runs, and 19 stolen bases. He is currently sporting another impressive hitting streak, this one being a nine-game streak that began on June 17th and left off with a 4-6 performance (3 runs scored, 1 RBI) Wednesday against the Orioles. However, when I went to cast my vote for the All-Star game yesterday, he wasn’t even listed on the AL ballot. You better believe that I filled out a write-in vote for the kid. He’s earned it. Now that Trout has enough at-bats to qualify, he not only leads the AL in batting average, but also leads the league in stolen bases with 19.

Prized free agent acquisition Albert Pujols and the Angels underperformed mightily until Trout’s call-up, going an underwhelming 6-14 in the rookie’s absence. However, the team has gone 36-19 (an MLB-best record over that span) since calling up the team’s current batting average, runs scored, and stolen base leader. Unlike recent rookie stars Jason Heyward, Buster Posey, and Starlin Castro, Trout is not only attempting to win the rookie of the year award, but is also a very real threat in his league’s MVP race. If this happens, he would join Ichiro and Fred Lynn as the only players in MLB history to win both awards in the same season. 

What Trout has accomplished in his blossoming young career is no small feat for a sports star not even old enough to celebrate wins with a beer yet. Trout has exhibited the skills to strongly support the notion that he can be a superstar five-tool player for years to come. If he is capable of continuing this torrid pace, expect big things from the speedster from Los Angeles…and don’t expect him to stay in the shadow of his D.C. counterpart much longer.

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