Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout Proving Why He’s the Game’s Best Player With His Bat
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is currently on an offensive tear, and he is clearly proving why he is the game’s best player. The 22-year-old phenom is riding an 11-game hit streak where he is batting .363 with three home runs, 12 RBIs and 11 runs scored over that span. Trout has been swinging the bat well for the past month as this is the second 11-game hit streak with his first one coming just prior to his back problems two weeks ago that forced him to miss three games in four nights.
Before his impressive last couple of weeks, Trout was struggling to produce at the high clip that many Angels and MLB fans were accustomed to seeing. His batting average began to dip south of .270 and his strikeout rate was continuing to rise to the point where led the league in that category. Needless to say, he was not performing like the player who was runner-up in AL MVP voting in his first two seasons in the league.
However, just as great players tend to work their way out of slumps, Trout has been on the top of his game over the past month and is one of the league’s hottest hitters with his uptick in production. Although his amount of stolen bases continues to stay down, the two-time Silver Slugger winner has improved drastically on his strikeout rate as he has just seven punch-outs in his last 45 official at-bats over the 12 games he has played in during the month of the June. This stretch also consists of six games of no strikeouts and only one game of two or more punch-outs.
That stat alone can be attributed to his patience at the plate this season as he is fifth in the league in pitches per at-bat (4.35), which has allowed him to get out of his slump much faster than most hitters because seeing more pitches gives him the opportunity to swing at better balls. These types of adjustments give reason to believe that Trout is the league’s best player at the ripe age of 22. His current hot stretch has put him in the top 10 in the league in several offensive categories as he is second in 0n-base percentage (.394), fourth in slugging (.582), seventh in RBIs (50) and second in extra-base hits (26).
With Trout continuing hit stride offensively, he is all but assuring with his bat why is he is the best player in MLB.