1, Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)
Well folks here we are. After positional power rankings of 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, shortstop, catcher, designated hitter, and now outfield; we are to the final position player that will be ranked. I probably don’t need to say much about Mike Trout, so I’ll just say what needs to be said.
Mike Trout is on-pace to be the best baseball player of his generation. Trout was one of only three players to reach the century mark in both runs and RBIs in 2014. The other two were Miguel Cabrera (future HOFer) and Jose Bautista (whom I spoke of earlier). Not exactly bad company, right? Trout has led the AL in runs each of his three years that he has played. He is the most recent player to join the 30-30 club; accomplishing this feat in his rookie year in 2012.
Trout was the Rookie of the Year in 2012 while also being an All-Star, Silver Slugger, and 2nd in AL MVP voting. He accomplished all of those same feats (sans ROY) in 2013. For the 3rd year in a row, Trout was an All-Star and Silver Slugger, in 2014. This would also be the year he would win his first MVP.
The way it looks right now, no one can topple Trout off of the AL MVP mountain. He does everything right off the field and does everything right on the field (and he does it better than anyone you know).
Trout is on path to be one of the greats. “He’s only played three years” blah blah blah. The fact is that I haven’t seen many baseball players be able to do what Mike Trout has done. And guess what? All of those other players, are some of the greats.
Trout is only 23 years old and has taken the entire world of sports by storm. If for nothing else, watch baseball because of Mike Trout.
Previous Articles In This Series:
Top 5 Designated Hitters https://www.baseballessential.com/news/2015/03/02/power-rankings-top-5-designated-hitters-in-15/