Found August 07, 2012 on Diamond Hoggers:
PLAYERS: Mike Trout
TEAMS: Los Angeles Angels
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Mike Trout turns 21 years young today. Aaron Gleeman of HardballTalk makes a point to say that Trout is “the American League’s best player”, and he’s wrong. I fall more in like with the thinking of my dear friend M.J. Lloyd, who has reminded me via text all season long that Trout is baseball’s top player. Look at this snippet from the HBT link, and then try and disagree with us: He leads the league in batting average (.348), steals (36), and runs (86), ranks second in slugging percentage (.598) and OPS (1.009), and rates third in on-base percentage (.411). And course he’s also an excellent defensive center fielder, which is part of how Trout leads all of baseball in Wins Above Replacement (7.4). What this tells us is that Mike Trout is indeed the best player in all of baseball. There’s no guarantee that it stays that way for the next five years or anything; but at this moment in time if you hit the ‘pause’ button on the world of baseball (that would be kind of cool), Trout is on th...
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