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Mike Trout's hot start is summed up by one incredible statistic

GiveMeSport | Updated: 2018-08-14 19:56:58

It usually takes a few years for MLB players to establish themselves as legitimate superstars.

However, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout didn’t waste any time doing so.

In his first full season at the MLB level as a 20 year old in 2012, he won the AL Rookie of the Year award and finished second in AL MVP voting after hitting .326 with 30 home runs, 83 RBIs, 49 stolen bases and 129 runs scored in just 139 games.

Since then, he’s been named to the AL All-Star team every year and has earned two MVP honors, two MVP runner-ups and a fourth-place MVP finish last season (most likely due to the fact that he was limited to 114 games). 

In perhaps the most difficult sport to display prolonged consistency, Trout has repeatedly proven to be a once-in-a-generation talent.

This season, the 26 year old is off to an historic start. As of Friday night, he ranked atop or near the top of nearly every single offensive metric that’s commonly recorded.

The Prize Fish

Trout ranked first in Wins Above Replacement (6.7), On-Base Percentage (.460), Bases on Balls (71), Runs Created (92), Times On Base (166). But, to show just how much he ranked ahead of the field, consider the following.

Jose Ramirez ranked second in WAR, with a 5.4 mark. That’s 1.3 lower than Trout (a huge margin). Joey Votto ranked second in OBP at .429. That was 31 points lower than Trout. Votto also ranked second in walks with 61, ten fewer than Trout. Ramirez’s 76 total bases created came in second by 16 runs to Trout’s mark and Trout had also been on base 16 more times than Votto, who came in at second place in that stat.

Those wide margins show just how incredible the Angels superstar has been this season.

But that’s not all.

Trout also ranked seventh in Batting Average (.320), third in Slugging Percentage (.641), second in Runs Scored (63), second in Total Bases (182) and second in Home Runs (24).

Therefore, he’s on track for one of the best overall seasons in recent memory and the best of his young, Hall-of-Fame bound career. Considering the fact that the halfway point of the season just passed, the hype is real.

On Friday night, Trout wasted no time getting his team off to a hot start against the Baltimore Orioles. En route to a 7-1 victory, he blasted a massive home run over the left-center fence off of David Hess in the first inning. It was his 24th dinger of the season.

He later walked in the game and ended up going 1-3. When he drew ball four, he became the first player in 22 years to accomplish something.

No player has had at least 25 hits and 20 walks in each of the first three months of any season since that trio did it in 1996. Considering all of the historic seasons that have taken place since then, that’s an astounding (and almost unbelievable) fact.

Assuming that he continues this pace and can stay healthy for the rest of the season, Trout should be able to capture his third MVP, even though a number of other American League stars are enjoying impressive campaigns. But, at his best, there’s simply no one that can stack up against Mr. Trout.

The proof is in the numbers.

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