Sometimes we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and things get lost. Our perspective becomes so focused that we don’t take a step back and see exactly what is going on. That is the case with Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout. Trout is already a fixture in the Angels’ line-up. We critique his effort and his performance so much that we do not take a look at the bigger picture. We become so interested in specifics that we fail to see that Trout is getting off to one of the greatest starts to a MLB career in the history of the game.
Take a quick look at this stat line for his career so far. He has a .317 batting average, .397 on-base percentage, .948 OPS with 55 homers, 169 RBI, 65 doubles and 16 triples. Add to those 77 stolen bases, 354 hits and 229 runs scored. It could take a while to stack that up against the other good to great starts but trust me when I say it is not good, it’s great. Don’t believe me? How about when I say he only now turned 22 years old?
There have only been two other players that compiled 65 doubles, 15 triples and 50 home runs before the age of 22. Who are they? Try out Al Kaline and Mickey Mantle. Even in this age where there are not that many stolen bases in the game, Trout’s 77 stolen bags make him the third to reach 75 before the age of 22. The other two were Rickey Henderson and Ty Cobb. So his stats before the age of 22 rank alongside and in some of these areas a little better than those of Al Kaline, Rickey Henderson, Ty Cobb and Mickey Mantle. I think that is about all that needs to be said.