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#FISHTALES Fact #1: 166

October 15th, 2013

Mike Trout’s numbers through his first few seasons speak volumes on their own. If you want to just look at his triple slash line or his counting totals devoid of context, they still present a special talent.

When you add his age into the mix, however, he stands alone.

Since 1901, just eight players between the ages of 18-23 have posted a 150 OPS+ or greater in their first three seasons of big-league ball (min. 1000 PAs). Ted Williams leads the pack with at 188, but Trout is right behind him with an 166 OPS+ — tied with Stan “the Man” Musial.

Behind them are three current Hall of Famers, one who will be and another who should: Reggie Jackson, Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Mathews, Albert Pujols and Dick Allen. Pretty damn good company.

Limiting the data set to “first three years” perhaps unfairly eliminates guys like Ty Cobb, Al Kaline, Jimmie Foxx and Mel Ott from the discussion, so let’s just zero in on age and see what happens.

If we remove the “first three years” designation and limit the data set to output at the ages of 19-21, a few of the above-mentioned inner-circle guys get added into the mix. And yet, somehow, Trout ends up looking even better than before:

Rk Player OPS+ PA R H 2B HR BB SB BA OBP SLG
1 Mike Trout 166 1490 258 399 72 62 186 86 .314 .404 .544
2 Ted Williams 161 1336 265 378 87 54 203 6 .336 .439 .601
3 Ty Cobb 159 1671 230 513 79 10 77 115 .332 .369 .453
4 Jimmie Foxx 158 1258 231 356 58 49 177 14 .340 .437 .582
5 Rogers Hornsby 155 1199 154 340 43 14 87 34 .316 .372 .455
6 Mel Ott 153 1823 329 501 97 85 268 18 .334 .438 .583

How anyone can argue in favor of Miguel Cabrera when Trout sits atop a list of names like that is beyond me. Put him on a video game cover already. #FISHTALES

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