The latest rumors concerning baseball’s most promising outfielder are mentioning a contract potentially north of $300 million. If this were to come to fruition, it would give Mike Trout the largest contract in all of professional sports. All of this occurring at the age of 22 and having only two (impressive) seasons under his belt. Needless to say, a contract of this magnitude represents an incredible financial risk for the Angels but from what Trout has shown thus far, he is more than deserving of the largest contract in baseball and professional sports.
Reflecting on Trout’s past two seasons offensively, his numbers are up there with the best of all time. With a .320+ batting average across both seasons along with 238 runs scored, 180 RBIs, and 82 stolen bases. Perhaps the most eye popping stat however are his power numbers. Averaging nearly 29 HRs over the course of two seasons is incredible for the OBP and is one of many reasons why Trout is deserving of such a large contract.
In addition to his dominance at the plate, Trout has established himself as one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball over the past two seasons. Here is one of the highlights that demonstrates Trout’s awareness and ability in the outfield as he robs a home run from Prince Fielder at the end of the 2012 season.
And yet another incredible grab can be seen here. Being able to sprint and get into a launch position before the wall and make the catch on the run is truly breathtaking to watch as a baseball fan.
While I only took out two examples of athletic catches from Trout, many more can be found at the video attached at the end of this post. In an age where power numbers have triumphed contact and on base percentage, Trout seems to exemplify the ever sought after 5 tool player – Speed, Arm Strength, Hitting for Average, Hitting for Power, and Fielding. Seeing as the Angels have the budget, I could not think of a better player in baseball to lock down to a record breaking contract.
Recently, Mike Trout was signed to a one-year, $1 million contract. This makes Trout the highest paid player for his age in the history of baseball.