Mike Trout Had A Wicked 2012 Season: What Does He Do For An Encore In 2013?

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Saturday, February.09,  2013

Trout had 49 SB, 129 Runs 30 HRs and 83 RBI in just 138 Games. Might he improve on these numbers with a full year and the addition of Josh Hamilton to the cleanup spot in 2013?

Trout had 49 SB (Led AL), 129 Runs (Led AL), 30 HRs and 83 RBI in just 139 Games Played in 2012. Might he improve on these numbers with a full year, plus the addition of Josh Hamilton to the cleanup spot in 2013?  He made his 1st ALL-Star Appearance, won the Rookie of The Year Award – and a Silver Slugger Award in his 1st full Major League Campaign.  He finished 2nd in AL MVP Voting to Miguel Cabrera – with many people feeling that if he played the 1st month, he surely would have won the award.  He was also passed over for a Gold Glove in CF, when the voters went with Adam Jones of the Orioles instead.  Some fans think he was snubbed on that one.

Josh Jones (Angels Correspondent):

At Twenty-One Years of Age, Angels phenom Mike Trout took the baseball world by storm in 2012.  The “Millville Meteor”, as he’s called in his hometown, hit a ridiculous .326 (2nd in AL)  – with a .399 OBP (3rd in AL) and .564 SLG (3rd in AL). His OPS was .963 (2nd in AL), plus he led the AL in OPS+ (171).   Mike threw in 30 Home-runs, 83 RBI 49 SB – and a whopping 129 Runs Scored.  Numbers that outstanding are very rarely accomplished at such a young age, so let’s take a look at how Trout’s 2013 season will fare. 

Trout should be the 1st MLB player to score 150 Runs since Jeff Bagwell accomplished the feat in 2000 with 152 times touching the dish to help his club.  He even has the capability to score 160 Runs, which would be the 1st time anyone has done it since 1936, when Lou Gehrig scored a whopping 136 Runs for the Yankees. If you pro-rate his 129 Runs Scored in 139 Games, it would equal 150 Runs Scored for a full 162 Games.  This was without Albert Pujols being himself for the 1st 3 weeks Trout was there, plus Hamilton was on the Texas Rangers for 2012.

Trout has quite a few things working in his favor, including his tremendous baseball toolbox.  Even when Trout goes through slumps at the plate, his defense is phenomenal.  Likewise, even in games where Mike might overrun a ball in the Outfield he has the ability to hit a big Home-Run or steal a key base at a moment’s notice.

Mike Trout Highlight Package from 2012 – Mature Lyrics so Parental Guidance is advised:

Trout must find a way to stay selective at the plate -to keep walking in 2013 - especially if his average dips.  He can wreak havoc on the base paths once he makes it there.

Trout must find a way to stay selective at the plate -to keep walking in 2013 – especially if his average dips. He can wreak havoc on the base paths once he makes it there.  He has the potential to Steal 50 + bases every year.  Some have even proclaimed he may become MLB’s 1st 50-50 guy in history.  That is high aspirations to ascend too, so how about letting the guy just evolve without that pressure?

The only negative that can be foreseen is that comparable players who burst on the scene before being 21 Years Old, such as Atlanta’s Jason Heyward, have had a “sophomore slump” after pitcher’s adjusted to how they are going to pitch to these phenoms.  Heyward went from a .277/.393/.456 slash line in 2010 to a measly .227/.319/.389 in 2011.

Technically, it will be the third year of game action for Trout, however he never even disqualified himself for the 2012 American League Rookie Of The Year Vote because he only had 135 Plate Appearances.  In 2011, Trout’s 3 Slash Line was .220/.281/.672.  He is will most likely land somewhere in the middle between his 2011 struggles – and his historical 2012 campaign.  Let us not forget that Trout hit about .285 for the last 2 months of the season in 2012 – despite a better HR production.  He hit .341 before the ALL-Star Game with an OPS of .959.  He blasted the heck out of the ball near the end of July.  Trout hit 10 HRs and drove in 23 RBI in his 24 July games.

Another potential problem is that Trout’s BABIP (Batting Average on Balls In Play) in 2012 was an incredible .383. Mike’s BABIP will definitely erode slightly which will affect his batting average as more of his potential hits will be caught by the defense.  Looking at the entire picture, Trout’s 2013 should be nearly as productive as 2012 – but will likely be a bit weaker overall.  My prediction for Trout’s slash line will be in the neighborhood of .285/.370/.515 with 25 Home-Runs and 80 RBI. I see Trout stealing more bases than 2012 (so 50+ SB in 2013) after “learning” how to steal bases in the Major Leagues. Those numbers are incredible for a soon-to-be 22-Year-old baseball player – and the Angels will surely reap the benefits of having such a weapon at the top of their lineup.

Bonus:

A good comparison for Trout’s baseball career thus far is to look at a player named Vada Pinson. Pinson played for the Cincinnati Reds for the majority of his career, which spanned 18 seasons.  His rookie season, which came at Age 20, showed a .316/.371/.509 3 Slash Line in 154 games. While Pinson had a little bit less speed and power than Trout, looking at his career sheds light on what could be to come for Mike.  Pinson’s career line was .286/.327/.442 with 256 Home-Runs and 305 Stolen-Bases. You be the judge on what’s next for The ‘Millville Meteor’.

A good sign of a Leadoff hitter is his ability to score Runs.  Here is a look at Trout's Runs Scored for 2012:  May - 21, June - 27, July - 32 (Just 24 Games) Aug - 26 Sept/Oct - 23.  Trout will probably become the 1st player since Rickey Henderson in 1985 to average more than a Run Scored Per Game for a full year of contests with Pujols and Hamilton hitting behind him for the next 5 years

A good sign of a Leadoff hitter is his ability to score Runs. Here is a look at Trout’s Runs Scored for 2012: May – 21, June – 27, July – 32 (Just 24 Games) Aug – 26 Sept/Oct – 23. Trout will probably become the 1st player since Rickey Henderson in 1985, (146 Runs in 143 Games) to average more than a Run Scored Per Game – for a full year of contests with Pujols and Hamilton hitting behind him for at least the next 5 years.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our ‘Angels Correspondent’ Josh Jones for preparing today’s featured article.  Josh Jones claims to be the biggest Angels fan there is. He has been religiously following the team since 2005 and have watched every game since.  His girlfriend and him attend about 40 games a year and love every minute of attendance. Josh is currently a senior at California State University, Fullerton working towards his Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. Josh wishes to thank all of the readers for viewing his posts.  Follow Josh on twitter 

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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