Mike Trout was the center of the media's attention last season. He was present during his historic rookie campaign and during the annoying old school vs. new school debate that took place during MVP voting. This season it seems like he has taken a back seat and isn't getting much attention at all. Sure, most of it can be blamed on the fact that his team isn't very good. Trout can't control that. I loved Dave Cameron's article on Trout from earlier in the year. I couldn't agree with him any more if I tried. Mike Trout is the perfect baseball player. I took a look at the players that accumulated > 15 WAR in their first three seasons. Please keep in mind that Trout's technical third season is still ongoing and that he only played 40 games in 2011. Here is that list. Pretty amazing right?
Trout currently sits at 17th despite the fact that he has played in the fewest games on the list. He'll move up from last place on the amount of games played, but he'll also move up higher on the WAR total. ZIPS currently has Trout to accumulate 3.3 more wins this season, pushing his total WAR to 9.2 for 2013. If that projection becomes reality he would sit at number 4 on the list. The only players ahead of him would be: Ted Williams, no doubt Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, and current superstar Evan Longoria. Trout would also accomplish this feat in about 100 or so less games, give or take a few.
Mike Trout is phenomenal. He'll probably miss out on the MVP again unless something horrible happens to Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera, but his career is off to one of the greatest starts in history. Everyone projected a little regression this season because we simply couldn't fathom that he might actually better. Thankfully for all of us he did.