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Mike Trout is now qualified for the batting title, ranks second

Jun 21, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

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Not only did Mike Trout go 6-for-9 with two doubles and four runs in back-to-back wins over the Giants the past two nights, in doing so he logged enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title (and other leaderboards).

Trout, who spent the first three weeks of the season at Triple-A, now ranks second in the league with a .338 batting average, trailing only Paul Konerko at .354, and he also ranks third in on-base percentage (.397) and fifth in OPS (.925) while leading the league with 19 steals.

Toss in his excellent outfield defense and even with missing the Angels’ first 20 games Trout ranks third among AL position players in Wins Above Replacement behind only Josh Hamilton and Adam Jones. He’s very much a legitimate early MVP candidate despite playing around two-thirds of the schedule.

Not bad for a guy who doesn’t turn 21 years old for another six weeks.

  1. ajcardsfan - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    I imagine that will be one hell of a 21st birthday

    • beefytrout - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      That’s a clown assumption, bro.

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Fantasy owners might not want to start him the day after that one…

      • ajcardsfan - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        If Dock Ellis was able to throw a no-hitter on Acid, I’m confident Mike Trout could hit a Grand Slam either hungover, or still drunk from the night before

  2. seanthegreatest - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    I had the pleasure of watching him live last night. The stats are incredible for a kid his age, but the most impressive thing to me, that is not being mentioned is the fact that he is already a leader in the dougout. First guy to the top step after a teamate homer and you never see him sitting. Dude gets it. It will be an absolute travishamockery if he doesn’t make the All-Star team.

  3. rockiesprospectsreport - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Plays the game like Pete Rose.

    Stay healthy and he’s likely going to the Hall of Fame.

  4. chrism516 - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    I love this kid. The anonymous GM who mentioned Trout would be the best player in baseball by next year is right on the money.

  5. cosanostra71 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Mike Trout is the man! Keep killing it dude!

  6. jengibre23 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Mike trout is a stud and a future 30-30 guy. I hope he wins the batting title and rookie of the year because he is way more important to the team than darvish is to the rangers. Go trout

  7. dallasstars9 - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Vernon who?

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