I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who once said, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain except death, taxes and Mike Trout being really good at baseball.” Ok, while that quote may not be historically accurate, Mike Trout’s MLB Hall of Fame-caliber production is an absolute certainty in this life of ours.
A three-time MVP and eight-time All-Star by the age of 28, Trout’s out-of-this-world production has him on the fast track to Cooperstown. This got us to thinking, since the Angels inked Trout to that 12-year, $400+ million extension in 2019, what are his career numbers going to look like when that contract is up in 2030? As we take a stab at where he would rank among the all-time greats, join us as we look deep into the future at some Mike Trout projected career stats.
Mike Trout: A Legend in the Making
Since being taken 25th overall in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft, Mike Trout has taken the baseball world by storm. The product of Millville, NJ shot through the minors and made his MLB debut as a baby-faced 19-year-old on July 8, 2011. The world has been Trout’s oyster ever since.
Since 2012, Trout has posted a remarkable eight straight seasons with a WAR above 6.0. For reference, Hall of Famers Tony Gwynn and Derek Jeter had a single-season WAR above 6.0 three times each for their entire careers.
Trout’s not just good, he’s beyond historically great. He had already won a pair of MVPs when he was 25 (and three by age 28) and has been a top-2 MVP finisher seven times in the first eight full season of his career from 2012 to 2019. In 2019, Trout either led the AL or all of baseball in OBP (.438), SLG (.645) and OPS (1.083). He’s a career .305 hitter who has only hit the ball harder and improved his plate discipline with every year. It’s scary to think about, but the best has only gotten better. So how high can Trout fly?
Click ahead to Page 2 as we get to the fun part and dig in to these career projections.