Cliff Corcoran: Angels’ Mike Trout more than rookie standout as he chases MLB history

By Yo

Published: August 22, 2012


We already know he’s this season’s best rookie, the leading candidate for American League Most Valuable Player, and one of the best 20-year-old major leaguers ever. But is Mike Trout having one of the best seasons by a non-pitcher of any age or experience level in major league history? Consider this: Through Monday, Trout had been on the major league roster for 101 games and accumulated 8.4 wins above replacement according to Baseball-Reference’s WAR statistic (bWAR). Project that total over the Angels’ remaining 40 games (including Tuesday night, when he went 2-for-4) and you get 11.7 bWAR. Here are the greatest non-pitching seasons in history according to that measure, which combines offense, defense, and baserunning:
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