Mike Trout Had A Wicked 2012 Season: What Does He Do For An Encore In 2013?
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Saturday, February.09, 2013
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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:
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.
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’.
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