Early on this season it seemed that Mike Trout was having struggles right along with Josh Hamilton and the rest of the Los Angeles Angels. Quietly however throughout the 2013 season thus far Trout has been doing something that many didn’t expect him to do. He is having an even better sophomore season. That’s right, I said it. Trout isn’t having a sophomore slump as many, even I thought he would.
Last season Trout’s legendary rookie campaign didn’t really start until May so his stats through the end of June last year would be comparable to his stats so far this season. Let’s take a look. Last year through two months plus he had 8 homers, 28 RBI and 22 stolen bases. This year through the beginning of June he has 10 homers, 38 RBI and 13 stolen bases. Overall his average is down a few points as are his stolen bases but the plus side is much better than the downs. Also of note is that he had 8 triples all of last season but has 6 already this year.
I can’t really think of any big press I have seen going Trout’s way but he is still just as stellar in center field as well. He is absolutely as good as anyone could have expected him to be and actually even better. The road from where he is to the hall-of-fame career he seems destined for is paved and easy to travel. Well, it’s as easy as it can be for a person to be successful in the most difficult sport in the world.