Originally posted on The Flagrant Fan  |  Last updated 8/7/13
Last season, Mike Trout took the world by storm and became the most talked about player in baseball. Sadly, this season, he is even better but plays on a severely disappointing team and has fallen away somewhat as a conversation leader. By the end of the season, he will bring up once again the age old debate on if an Most Valuable Player Award should go to a player on an awful team. Because of his team, he might lose out on the award he deserves for the second straight season. To illustrate the point, I am simply going to give you some numbers to give you an idea of how special Mike Trout has been. Here are a bunch of numbers and his corresponding rank in baseball based on them: WAR - 7.6 rWAR, 7.3 fWAR: First in baseball either way wOBA - .424: Third Slugging - .574: Fifth OBP - .424: Third BA - .331: Third OPS - .998: Third wRC - 101: Second Doubles - 32: Third Hits - 143: First Walks - 67: Third Extra base hits - 59: Second Runs - 79: Tied for Second WPA - 3.40: Seventh Base running runs - 6.3: Fourth Stolen bases - 24: Tenth ISO - .243: Tenth As you can see by the numbers, Mike Trout can do it all. His fielding numbers have fallen off a bit, but otherwise, Mike Trout is the best overall player in the game this year. Now if only the Angels could get some pitching...
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