Mike Trout’s fantabulous season

by Bill Chuck on August 23, 2012

Forget the fact that Mike Trout is a kid. Forget that he’s a rookie. Remember this, Trout is having an unforgettable season.

There are only three players who finished their season with over 20 doubles, over 20 homers, over 30 steals and a batting average of .340 or above.

Mike Trout is at all those levels and soon he will be able to add scored 100 runs.

Rk 2B HR SB BA Year Age Tm G AB R OBP SLG OPS
1 Larry Walker 46 49 33 .366 1997 30 COL 153 568 143 .452 .720 1.172
2 Mike Trout 22 24 39 .343 2012 20 LAA 101 408 97 .407 .603 1.010
3 Willie Mays 33 29 31 .347 1958 27 SFG 152 600 121 .419 .583 1.002
4 Ellis Burks 45 40 32 .344 1996 31 COL 156 613 142 .408 .639 1.047
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Generated 8/22/2012.

By the way, if you look at just 20+ homers, 30+ steals, and over .340 batting average, the Willie Mays 1958 season is the only one that is in the Hall of Fame with those numbers. So let’s lower the batting average to .300+ and even then there are only 10 Hall of Fame seasons with those stats and Mays is the only one who has done it twice.

Rk Player HR SB BA Year Age Tm Lg
1 Hank Aaron 44 31 .319 1963 29 MLN NL
2 Willie Mays 35 38 .333 1957 26 NYG NL
3 Willie Mays 29 31 .347 1958 27 SFG NL
4 Rickey Henderson 28 65 .325 1990 31 OAK AL
5 Joe Morgan 27 60 .320 1976 32 CIN NL
6 Ryne Sandberg 26 54 .305 1985 25 CHC NL
7 Roberto Alomar 24 37 .323 1999 31 CLE AL
8 Rickey Henderson 24 80 .314 1985 26 NYY AL
9 Andre Dawson 23 39 .301 1982 27 MON NL
10 Roberto Alomar 20 30 .336 2001 33 CLE AL
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Generated 8/22/2012.

Throw out the doubles and add a .600+ slugging percentage to the mix and we now have three players including Trout:

Rk SLG HR SB BA Year Age Tm
1 Larry Walker .720 49 33 .366 1997 30 COL
2 Mike Trout .603 24 39 .343 2012 20 LAA
3 Ellis Burks .639 40 32 .344 1996 31 COL
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Generated 8/22/2012.

Okay, here’s one more. Here are the players who have had 40 steals and 30 homers in a season, both within Trout’s immediate reach. Please note, only the 1956 Willie Mays season is by a Hall of Famer.

Rk SB HR Year Age Tm Lg
1 Alfonso Soriano 41 39 2002 26 NYY AL
2 Alfonso Soriano 41 46 2006 30 WSN NL
3 Jimmy Rollins 41 30 2007 28 PHI NL
4 Alex Rodriguez 46 42 1998 22 SEA AL
5 Willie Mays 40 36 1956 25 NYG NL
6 Matt Kemp 40 39 2011 26 LAD NL
7 Howard Johnson 41 36 1989 28 NYM NL
8 Vladimir Guerrero 40 39 2002 27 MON NL
9 Eric Davis 50 37 1987 25 CIN NL
10 Jose Canseco 40 42 1988 23 OAK AL
11 Bobby Bonds 45 32 1969 23 SFG NL
12 Bobby Bonds 43 39 1973 27 SFG NL
13 Bobby Bonds 41 37 1977 31 CAL AL
14 Bobby Bonds 43 31 1978 32 TOT AL
15 Barry Bonds 52 33 1990 25 PIT NL
16 Barry Bonds 40 42 1996 31 SFG NL
17 Carlos Beltran 42 38 2004 27 TOT ML
18 Bobby Abreu 40 30 2004 30 PHI NL
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Generated 8/22/2012.

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