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The best player in baseball (right now)

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08:12 AM ET 07.16 | Twenty-year-old Mike Trout, who didn't join the Angels until late-April yet leads the AL in both batting average at nearly .350 and stolen bases with 26, turned more heads this weekend in Yankee Stadium. Right now, today, [Trout] is the best player in baseball. Maybe he won't be for the year, and maybe he won't be next year. But the way he is playing today, the only one who even compares is the Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. ... [Trout came into Yankee Stadium] and he went 7 for 14 with four extra-base hits and four stolen bases against the Yankees. It would have been five extra-base hits if not for Curtis Granderson's spectacular catch while crashing into the wall.

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July 16, 2012  08:20 AM ET

He's good, but lets wait a couple of years before we go slinging the hyperbole.

July 16, 2012  08:27 AM ET

AL rookie of the year yes, but my MVP right now is Joey Votto.

July 16, 2012  08:47 AM ET
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AL rookie of the year yes, but my MVP right now is Joey Votto.

Joey doesn't play in Al!

July 16, 2012  08:51 AM ET
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Just don't saddle him with the next Mickey Mantle tag........That is way too much pressure...........

Good Morning Mick, this Kid looks like the real deal, he sounds Humble and it looks like his Teamates are treating like the kid he is!! Once the Angles get that pitching Staff going look out!

July 16, 2012  08:54 AM ET
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Joey doesn't play in Al!

Dag-It said best player in baseball right now.

July 16, 2012  09:40 AM ET

very impressive , but so was Justin Upton . lets see how he performs a year from now once the book is out on him.

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July 16, 2012  12:03 PM ET

Andrew McCutchen is the best player in baseball right now. He is hitting .537 in July with a 1.049 SLG% and 1.627 OPS. Trout may be hitting .350, but McCutchen is hitting .371. McCutchen has more hits, runs scored, HRs, RBIs, better OBP, SLG, OPS. Trout leads the majors in SB. McCutchen leads the majors in AVE, SLG, OPS, Total Bases and Runs Created.

July 16, 2012  12:05 PM ET

Trout is a blast to watch. There is nothing he can't do very well on the field.

He keep playing like he is, he will have a shot at MVP (especially assuming the Angels make the playoffs).

July 16, 2012  12:10 PM ET
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Andrew McCutchen is the best player in baseball right now. He is hitting .537 in July with a 1.049 SLG% and 1.627 OPS. Trout may be hitting .350, but McCutchen is hitting .371. McCutchen has more hits, runs scored, HRs, RBIs, better OBP, SLG, OPS. Trout leads the majors in SB. McCutchen leads the majors in AVE, SLG, OPS, Total Bases and Runs Created.

Here, here!!!

July 16, 2012  12:53 PM ET
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He's good, but lets wait a couple of years before we go slinging the hyperbole.

+1

All players have good streaks and bad streaks. Raul Ibanez generally had a month or two with these kinds of numbers (including some speed stuff when he was younger), but he would finish the season with much more reasonable numbers. But it is fun to watch, and hope it continues for him.

July 16, 2012  01:18 PM ET

<i> Twenty-year-old Mike Trout, who didn't join the Angels until late-April...</i>

Small sample size. Get back to me in 2014.

July 16, 2012  01:22 PM ET
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<i> Twenty-year-old Mike Trout, who didn't join the Angels until late-April...</i>Small sample size. Get back to me in 2014.

No, you get back to us...

July 16, 2012  01:25 PM ET
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Andrew McCutchen is the best player in baseball right now. He is hitting .537 in July with a 1.049 SLG% and 1.627 OPS. Trout may be hitting .350, but McCutchen is hitting .371. McCutchen has more hits, runs scored, HRs, RBIs, better OBP, SLG, OPS. Trout leads the majors in SB. McCutchen leads the majors in AVE, SLG, OPS, Total Bases and Runs Created.

Keep in mind McCutchen has about a month head start on Trout. The only place his stats are better are truly better is HR's. Every other place Trout is not far behind, leading me to believe had he started on the Opening Day Roster, many of his numbers would be better. For the here and now, my money is on Trout.

July 16, 2012  01:28 PM ET

I keep waiting for him to fall off, but he hasn't. It seems like he get 2 hits and 2 stolen bases a game.

It rare when a prospect delivers on his promise like this. Angels fans are still waiting for Brandon Wood, Dallas MacPherson, and Todd Greene to pan out.

July 16, 2012  02:05 PM ET

This might sound dumb but for this kid to walk into Yankee Stadium and see those monuments (everybody does it) Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Yogi Berra, etc. And also before the game look at a packed house and go on and go 7-14 you my friend are special, this Young Man really showed us Yankee guys what we have to look forward to along with his buddy Trumpo, wow , Big Albert, eh!
Once they get their pitching down, the Angels are going to be tough to stop!

 
July 16, 2012  02:13 PM ET
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I keep waiting for him to fall off, but he hasn't. It seems like he get 2 hits and 2 stolen bases a game.It rare when a prospect delivers on his promise like this. Angels fans are still waiting for Brandon Wood, Dallas MacPherson, and Todd Greene to pan out.

Problem with Wood, Mc, and Greene was, the organization waited YEARS for those guys and they never did produce in the bigs. Trout took his lumps last year when he was up, he obviously learned from that, he is delivering day in and day out. With him and Borjous patroling the outfield, Trumbo being new as well, the future looks damn good out here.

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