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Mike Trout: The First 162 Games

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On Friday night, the Angels beat the Royals tonight, 9-7. Mike Trout helped out with a couple of hits in six at-bats with a run scored.

It marked a small milestone for Trout as he has now played in a full season’s worth of games. Much like how everyone critiques what a president does during his first 100 days in office, here’s just a handful of things “The Supernatural” has done during his first 162 days on the field.

First, the basic slash line: .309/.374/.531.

In words, really, really good. Even better when you consider that includes Trout’s 40-game stint from 2010 during which he hit. 200  and OPS’ed less than .700. It just shows you how ridiculous he has been this season.

It’s the ultimate in random endpoints, and we have no idea where Trout will go from here; he may have a degenerative leg condition for all we know, like Bo Jackson. But Trout is one of just 34 players with at least 600 career plate appearances to post a career .300/.370/.530 line.

Surely some have reached those marks before only to fall back, but level with me here. Twenty-two of the players on that list are retired and 17 of them are in the Hall of Fame. Mike Piazza will be in time. Of the 11 other active players, I would put eight in the Hall right now, steroids controversies aside.

Drawing a line from Point A to Point B … get Mike Trout to Cooperstown, N.Y. right now!

OK, whatever … put him on standby.

He has hit 32 home runs and has driven in 93 RBIs. He’s scored 136 runs and stolen 49 bases. Only six players in the history of baseball have put together a .300-30-40 season.

He has 56 multi-hit games and 16 three-hit games. Since the start of 2011, no player has more such games than Trout in either category. And he didn’t make his debut that year until July 8 and spent most of April 2012 in the minors.

He has 12 multi-steal games, tied for fourth-most all-time among players in their first 162 games.

He made this catch and many others just like it (but not quite as good).

His current 10.9 career WAR is the highest from any player prior to turning 22 years old since Alex Rodriguez’s 13.9 in 1997.

Oh, yeah. In case you somehow forgot, Trout just turned 21 last month. It defies logic.

There is no player I stop to watch more than Trout right now.

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