It is without a doubt that Mike Trout, the center fielder for the Los Angeles of Anaheim, is the best player currently playing in the Major Leagues. However, there is often a large debate as to whether or not Trout is/going to be the greatest player who has played in the MLB. Trout is often compared to a Mickey Mantle type of player in the sense of being a five tool player, meaning he can hit for average, hit for power, steal bases, play great defense and have an above average arm, but does that make him the greatest player of all time?
According to Richard Justice, a writer for MLB.com, Trout has not even reached his prime yet and still has plenty of time to reach his maximum potential. If this is to be true, sky’s the limit for this young phoneme. Trout has been able to hit for average throughout his time in the pros, averaging a phenomenal average of .306. His ability to constantly make solid contact with the ball is really reflected in his batting average. Trout has also hit a total of 124 home runs in his career, averaging 35 per season, which would equate to a top 15 finish in home runs in each of his five seasons. Trout is often viewed as being one of the fastest players in the Major Leagues averaging 31 stolen bases in each of his five season, so he fulfills the speed criteria. Trout has a career fielding percentage of .992, which is .008 from being errorless in his career, which is a clear achievement of the fielding tool. But just because Trout’s career numbers are this high right now does not exactly mean he’ll go down as the best.
However, in comparison to other player such as Babe Ruth, Trout has more runs scored, more hits, more home runs, and more stolen bases at the same 3 year mark as Ruth. Trout also has more career home runs as Willie Mays and Ernie Banks at the three year mark in his career, all of this according to an article on sportingnews.com
Trout, without a doubt, will go down as one of the greatest player to play the game of baseball, but given the statistics, Trout is on pace to go down as the greatest player to ever step on a baseball diamond in the history of the sport.