Mike Trout is already one of the best players of his generation, and here’s the scary part: He’s only 25 years old.
Trout celebrated the big 2-5 on Sunday, and he did so in pretty remarkable fashion. The Los Angeles Angels center fielder channeled a former outfield phenom — Ken Griffey Jr. — by robbing a would-be grand slam against the Seattle Mariners.
Trout’s dazzling defensive play made up for the fact that he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts at the plate. However, he still had a pretty good series, collecting three hits — including two home runs — and driving in seven runs, despite the Mariners sweeping the Angels.
Still, it’s pretty remarkable to sit back and think about how good Trout already is, even at an age where he should be entering his prime. The former American League MVP already has produced a ridiculous 45.2 wins over replacement in just five full seasons.
To put that sort of number in perspective, Alex Rodriguez — who announced his “retirement” Sunday morning — totaled a 38.0 WAR over his first five full seasons in the majors.
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