Rant Sports MLB Top 50 Players of 2014: No. 2 Mike Trout

By Zach Morrison
Mike Trout
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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout represents the next generation of baseball. Not only is Trout one of the best young talents in MLB, but he is also extremely exciting to watch. He is a complete package and nearly a legitimate five-tool outfielder; the only piece of his game that is lacking is arm strength on his throws.

Trout, 22, is a career .314/.404/.544 hitter with a .948 OPS. In just 336 career games, he has already built up a remarkable 21.1 fWAR. Along with his great career triple-slash line, Trout also has 62 home runs and 86 stolen bases while being caught just 12 times. Trout ranked in the top 30 among outfield UZR/150 in 2013. His 4.0 UZR/150 ranked 29th among all MLB outfielders.

Last season, Trout hit for an outstanding .323/.432/.557 slash line with a 176 wRC+. In 716 plate appearances, he hit 27 home runs and stole 33 bases. Trout walked in 15.4 percent of his plate appearances ranking third among all MLB hitters behind only Joey Votto (18.6 percent) and Shin-Soo Choo (15.7 percent) of the Cincinnati Reds. His 176 wRC+ ranked second behind just Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera‘s 192 wRC+. In 2013, Trout’s 10.4 fWAR was easily the best in all of baseball with Andrew McCutchen‘s 8.2 fWAR ranking second.

At just 22 years old, Trout has his entire career ahead of him to dominate MLB. Even though he is still extremely young, it isn’t an overreaction to legitimately talk about the Hall of Fame for him. If he sustains his current success, and it isn’t out of the question that will be able to, he will be a no doubt Hall of Famer. The scary thing about Trout is that with his young age of just 22, he may have room to get better before he reaches his prime years in his late 20s.

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