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The Return of Trout

Mike Trout will play in Philadelphia tonight for the first time. Maybe you’ve heard. It’s a pretty special event, seeing that Trout grew up a stone’s throw away in Millville, NJ, rooted for the Phils as a kid, and even attended the Phillies World Series parade in 2008. All good things.

But just keep your eyes peeled tonight. Because Trout is a special talent and Philadelphians don’t get a chance to see him often, unless you pay for MLB.TV or the cable package. But really, you’re seeing him up close.

As you’ll see on Phillies Nation TV tonight, Corey Seidman puts in perspective his mark on the history of the game in such a short time. Only two players – TWO – have a higher WAR through their Age 22 seasons. They’d be Ty Cobb and Ted Williams. That’s legit. And while Trout might be struggling with strikeouts currently, you’d better believe he’ll try to put on a show for the 8,000-plus that will make the trek from his hometown.

I was one who believed Trout should have been the MVP the last two seasons, despite Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown assault. Trout is by far the better overall player. That’s obviously in the past. However, he is the future, and he’ll be on display in our own backyard tonight. If you haven’t gotten tickets, do it now. And if you weren’t planning on sitting down to watch, do it. It’ll be worth your time.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Hogey's Role

    May 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I love mike trout, and I would give anything for him to be a phillie, he’s very exciting to watch…

    All that said I still think the decision for Miguel Cabrera to be MVP was the right decision, however, they’re both outstanding players and you couldn’t go wrong either way…

  2. schmenkman

    May 13, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    “Only two players – TWO – have a higher war through their Age 22 seasons. They’d be Ty Cobb and Ted Williams.”

    And Trout is only 1/4 of the way through his Age 22 season. He has 2.4 fWAR already this year, and needs 2.5 more to pass Cobb for most WAR through Age 22.

  3. Bart Shart

    May 13, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    It is a shame that Mike Trout , despite being a Phillies fan, will never wear a Phillies uniform.
    I wonder if our scouting team is not looking in our own backyard for talent.

    • Ken Bland

      May 13, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Good news. Well, depending on your def of good, I guess. Good in this case defined as an infrequent chance to defend Phillies management for a draft pick, never an easy process, but a critical one.

      Trout was drafted with what was originally a Yankee spot in ’09. The Phils selection, which went to Seattle anyway, was a tad later in Round 1. So they never had a shot at Trout, and can’t be screamed at for not nabbing him.

      Besides that, a lot of people would take the Phils ’08 season as a good tradeoff for not being able to draft Trout. Just because it will hurt about 3,000 times for each big league hit he gets, if they are all in another uni doesn’t wash away the great experience of a 2nd straight division title in ’08, let alone what happened in the aftermath.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?query_type=year_round&year_ID=2009&draft_round=1&draft_type=junreg

  4. Ken Bland

    May 13, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    What’s the difference in Trout20 batting about 50 points lower (BA) than he put up in his first 2 full seasons? Could be one or more of multiple things, but his K rate is up close to 20% or so. He’s at 47for the year, around 140 each of his last 2 years. Comparatively, Albert has struck out 16 times in a similar number of plate appearances.

    For what it’s worth, Miggy Cabrera was right around 100 K’s each of the last 2 years.

    I don’t know that Trout should change anything, in order to cut back on his K’s. Clearly, he’s a wonderful player as is, and you take what you get in his case, and be thrilled. But perhaps it shows how there’s maybe even more potential than we’ve seen so far if he somehow put even 15-20 more balls in play per year.

    • schmenkman

      May 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Yep, his K% is up to 26.7%, up from 19.0% last year. Nevertheless, he’s still been the 5th best hitter (by wRC+), and best player overall (by fWAR) in the AL so far this year.

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