We’re going to come back to advanced statistics in a bit, but for now, let’s take a break for the old-timers and focus on something a bit more vanilla: The Triple Crown statistics--batting average, dingers, ribbies--as well as runs scored and stolen bases.
#14: Batting Average (Active Leaders)
When you think of what Trout brings to the plate, batting average isn’t the first thing that comes to mind: he’s never led the league, never hit .330, although has settled in as a solid .300 hitter. That said, his .305 lifetime average is good for 4th among active players, behind only Miguel Cabrera (.315), Jose Altuve (.315), and Joe Votto (.307).
#15: Home Runs (Through Age 27)
Trout is known for his power, however, and is one of the most prolific young home run hitters in baseball history.
HR Total Through Age 27 (1871-2019, all players)
- Alex Rodriguez 345
- Jimmie Foxx 302
- Eddie Mathews 299
- Ken Griffey Jr 294
- Mike Trout 285
- Albert Pujols 282
- Mickey Mantle 280
- Mel Ott 275
- Giancarlo Stanton 267
- Frank Robinson 262
Trout hasn’t hit 50 in a season yet (although would have in 2019 if he hadn’t lost time injury), but he’s hit 40+ twice and 30+ six times.
And here’s where we get to the second Amazing Trout Stat related to HR: Trout is one of only seven players to hit 30+ HR six or more times in major league history. Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Mathews, Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols did it seven times. Trout, Frank Robinson and Miguel Cabrera have done it six times.
As far as the Angels franchise goes, with 285 he’s just 14 behind Angels leader Tim Salmon, with 299. Trout did it in 1199 games, compared to Salmon’s 1672. Only Troy Glaus, with 47 in 2000, has hit more in a single season, with Trout having the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 11th, and 21st highest yearly totals as an Angel.
#16: RBI & Runs (Through Age 27)
Usually batting second in the lineup, Trout doesn’t get a ton of RBI opportunities, but he is still not-too-far down the all-time leaderboards for age 27:
#16a: 752 RBI, 23rd all-time through age 27.
He has scored quite a few runs:
#16b: 903 Runs Scored, 10th all-time through age 27.
#17: Stolen Bases (SB%)
Trout is known for his all-around game, including speed. But after stealinig 49 bases in 2012, he’s only surpassed 30 in 2013 and 2016. That said, where he stands out in his basestealing percentage: Trout is 10th all-time at 84.713%.