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Due to an interesting back story and endless hype Bryce Harper’s solid debut season has gotten a ridiculous amount of attention. (We’re definitely guilty of it.)In the process, another rookie sensation has gotten lost in the shuffle: 20-year-old Los Angeles Angels centerfield superstar Mike Trout.
Trout has shown just as much promise as his National League counterpart both at the plate and in the field, if not more.
His speed and athleticism are also up to snuff with some of the game’s best.
And if you look at his numbers, you realise Trout’s have actually been a little better than Harper’s:
Trout — .331 AVG, 5 HR, 22 RBI, .931 OPS, 9 SB, 2.4 WAR
Harper — .288 AVG, 5 HR, 14 RBI, .903 OPS, 2 SB, 0.8 WAR
If Trout had enough at bats to qualify, he’d even be third in the American League in batting average right behind Angels teammate Mark Trumbo.
And since his last day off on May 7 Trout has been on a ridiculous tear, hitting .357 and increasing his OPS by more than 200 points.
He’s a big part of why the Angels have won 11 of 14 and find themselves a mere 4.5 games out of first place and 3 games back in the wild card race.
With a large portion of Angels games not starting until 10 p.m. Eastern time it’s not surprising that Trout has been somewhat ignored. It also doesn’t help that LA was playing terrible baseball just a couple of weeks ago.
That won’t last too much longer if his team’s resurgence continues, however.
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