Mike Trout has been the best player in all of MLB in the last two and half seasons, and with the way he and the rest of the Los Angeles Angels are playing, it looks like — finally — he will get what he deserves.
Trout is once again putting up an MVP season, and this season should make the first of many times the outfielder claims his well-deserved trophy. Trout is smacking home runs, driving in runs, still stealing bases when necessary and is a premier defensive player even after he bulked up. Trout is a five-tool phenomenon who is actually living up to and exceeding all the hype.
Trout continued along with his high-level play in the extra-inning affair against American League West rival Seattle Mariners at Angels Stadium Saturday. He reached base against and his .OBP has hovered around .400 for much of this season.
So far this season, Trout has amassed stellar numbers that old school and new school baseball geeks can appreciate. While he is hitting balls out of the park and taking advantage of RBI situations, he has also posted a 5.8 W.A.R. While it may not seem possible that he can match his 10.8 W.A.R. from the 2012 season, it is not out of the question. If he comes close, he will do so with more traditional numbers and less stolen bases that he had in that fantastic rookie year.
While he is not swiping bags like he did in that season, he has become one of the best base runners on balls hit in play. He can score from first on any ball hit in the gap because he reads every fly ball so well. He also can steal a base when the team needs him at second or third in a desperate situation. He is a threat on the bags and that helps batters behind him get more balls to hit because pitchers still have to be concerned with Trout.
Trout is putting up another amazing season. He has an outside chance at a triple crown, and it is likely the Angels are going to make the playoffs. If voters do not give him the MVP award this season, it will be a travesty.