Mike Trout is a once in a generation type player but will we ever see him win a World Series? How about a playoff series? He’s already racked up plenty of regular season awards but will he ever win a World Series MVP award? Will he ever have the opportunity?
If the Angels can’t surround him with better talent, the answer to all of these questions will be no.
Trout saw his first Major League action in 2011 at age 19 and has been tearing the cover off the ball ever since. In 2012, his first full season of action, Trout hit .326 with an OBP of .399. He crushed 30 Home Runs, Knocked in 83 RBI, and scored 129 runs. All of that in only 139 games! Oh and did I mention he swiped 49 bags? He was named Rookie of the year in a landslide. Not bad for a 20 year old.
In five full seasons, Trout has been an all-star five times. He’s won the Silver Slugger award all 5 seasons and won two AL MVP awards. The star has finished 2nd in the MVP race three times. Trout is on pace to be one of the greatest hitters of all time and a sure-fire Hall of Famer.
So why haven’t the Angels been contending for a title?
Trout has never been the problem with the Angels roster. He’s done nothing but produce great numbers. His supporting cast however, has stunk most of his career. An aging Albert Pujols has been the only other established hitter in the lineup since 2012. Trout has averaged 30 HRs a year but has only topped 100 RBI twice in his short career. That suggests that the everyday lineup hasn’t been good. You can’t drive in runs if no one is on base. The Angels have only won the AL West once in 2014. That was the only year they made the playoffs and they got swept by Kansas City. They haven’t played a game in October since.
Sure, the Angels have made some bad deals with players and sure they’ve had injuries but it is strange that they haven’t been competitive. Especially with the best hitter in the game in the lineup. Since 2011 the halos have finished under .500 twice and it doesn’t look like any help is on the way. According to Baseball America, the Angels farm system is ranked 29th.
So, is Trout doomed? Will his team be stuck in neutral the rest of his career? It certainly looks that way. At least for the immediate future. Let’s just hope he doesn’t get burned out playing for a bad team year in and year out because he sure is fun to watch.