For anyone who was still doubting the pure, ridiculous greatness of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (and I’m sure there is someone out there), look no further than his recent exploits.
After a 4-for-4 start to his night against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, Mike Trout has reached base in 10 consecutive plate appearances. Yes, that’s ten straight times to the plate where Trout reached base, and none of them were a result of an error.
Through those 10 plate appearances, Trout has generated a 6-for-6 line with 4 walks, and in the 6 hits, he also produced two doubles. Obviously, 10 trips to the plate is a laughably small sample size, but when it goes to support an already-great player in his greatness, it’s fun to see.
Many felt that Trout should have been the 2012 MVP after a crazy 10.0 WAR season that saw him hit 30 homers and steal 49 bases despite a late call-up from the minor leagues. However, Trout has arguably been better in his follow-up campaign, exceeding his 2012 numbers in OBP and wOBA while raising his walk rate and lowering his strikeout rate significantly.
In short, Mike Trout is the best overall baseball player in the planet right now, and he’s 21 years old. Let’s all enjoy the ride.