It's possible we haven't seen Mike Trout's best season yet. Granted, this can be said of all 25-year-old players but no others have been putting up MVP-caliber campaigns since they were 20, winning in 2014 and again in 2016. Most impressive is that Trout's strikeout and walk rates have improved each of the last two years, further cementing the league's best floor. The concern over dwindling steals was assuaged last season as Trout swiped 30 for the first time since 2013. His power dropped, but when 29 homers is a disappointment, the bar is set high. The outfielder is a lock for over 100 runs, averaging 116 the past five seasons while a threat to drive home 100 teammates. Others are legitimately in the conversation but pegging Trout with the first overall pick or spending top auction dollars is absolutely warranted. No one else has the combination of his super-high floor...with upside.
Trout reached base four times Friday, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a 6-3 win over the Rangers. The two-time American League MVP has taken his game to the next level this season, providing a combination of power and speed that not many can rival. His .710 slugging percentage ranks sixth among all major-league hitters, but Trout is the only one of the bunch that has at least five steals. In fact, no one with a slugging percentage over .548 has five or more stolen bases this season.
Trout went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored during Monday's win over Toronto. With 12 runs, five home runs, 14 RBI, four stolen bases and a .346/.416/.679 slash line, Trout is kick-starting another dominant fantasy campaign. He's reached base in 20 of 21 games this season and has registered nine multi-hit showings. At 25, Trout's just entering his prime, too.
Trout went 2-for-3 with a walk and his third stolen base of the season in Monday's 3-0 loss to the Astros. The 25-year-old hadn't attempted a steal prior to Apr. 13, likely due to the fact that the majority of his hits up until that point had been of the extra-base variety. Now that his power has calmed down over the past five games (all six hits being singles), the five-tool outfielder has picked up his activity on the basepaths. With three home runs and three steals through 14 games, Trout is on pace for a 30-homer and 30-steal season, a mark he missed by one home run last year.
Trout went 2-for-2 with a walk and his first stolen base of the season in Thursday's 8-3 loss to the Rangers. With a .333/.405/.750 slash line through 10 games, Trout has delivered on his potential as the best offensive player in fantasy baseball. The only aspect of the five-tool star's repertoire that has been missing is speed, and the other shoe finally dropped in that department Thursday. We all know what kind of hitter the two-time American League MVP is by now, but his stolen base totals have fluctuated between 11 and 49 during his five seasons as a full-time starter. Prior to Thursday's game, eight of the slugger's 10 hits went for extra bases, which could be the reason why he hasn't attempted any steals. If opposing teams begin pitching around Trout, we could see a spike in his stolen base attempts.
Trout went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers. Fantasy baseball's consensus top pick has been as advertised early on, slashing .294/.359/.735 through nine games. Trout's on-base percentage is the lowest it has been since he has become an everyday player in 2012, but the slugger has offset that with a career-high .735 slugging percentage, hinting at a more aggressive approach at the plate this season. It is still early, so those percentages may return to the mean as he gets more games under his belt, but fantasy owners won't complain if Trout takes less walks and lets it rip more often.
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