By Jacob Kornhauser on July 15, 2014
Mike Trout has very quickly made the most of his short time in the major leagues so far, and this season he is the clear AL MVP. Based on his statistical output this season, there is no question that he's the league's most valuable player, and here are five reasons why.
Trout doesn't only consistently perform in regular season scenarios, he also always seems to come up big in the clutch. He had a memorable walk-off home run this season, and opposing pitchers surely don't want to be facing him when the game is on the line.
He's not even known as a power hitter, yet Trout is on pace for 40 home runs this season. He seems to do everything well and by flying under the radar in terms of home run power, he seems even more impressive when you look at his end-of-year numbers.
Trout doesn't even hit in the middle of the Angels' lineup, and yet he's on pace for nearly 150 RBI this season. His ridiculous RBI total from where he's batting in the order is unprecedented and just speaks to his overall value as a baseball player.
Having an OPS above .700 is pretty solid, but Trout's OPS of 1.006 is unheard of. On-base plus slugging percentage adds those two stat categories together, and to have one above 1.000 is almost impossible. This means he's driving the ball to the gap or over the fence consistently.
He hits home runs, he steals bases, and he gets on base. There really isn't anything Trout can't do well. He also plays the field as one of the better center fielders in all of baseball. Simply put, Trout is baseball's rising star, and he's shining brighter than ever.
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