Monday, June 17, 2013

Trout Could Join A Group That Includes Only Ted Williams And Ty Cobb

Trout has a 161 OPS+ so far this year and last year he had 171. So he could have 2 seasons of 160 or higher through the age of 21 (he won't turn 21 until after June 30). Below are all the seasons of OPS+ of at least 160 through the age of 21, with at least 400 plate appearances. Both Cobb and Williams did it twice. Trout could join them this year. Even having one season like this puts you in very impressive company. They generally had long, productive, if not Hall of Fame, careers.

What if I lower the standard to a 150 OPS+? Here are all the players to have 2 seasons of at least a 150 OPS+ through the age of 21.
Mel Ott
Rogers Hornsby
Ted Williams
Ty Cobb
It seems like Trout has a great chance to join that group. Here are all the players who had 1 or more seasons of at least a 150 OPS+ through the age of 21
Al Kaline
Albert Pujols
Alex Rodriguez
Cesar Cedeno
Denny Lyons
Eddie Mathews
Fred Carroll
Hal Trosky
Jimmie Foxx
Ken Griffey
Mel Ott
Mickey Mantle
Mike Tiernan
Mike Trout
Rogers Hornsby
Sam Crawford
Stan Musial
Ted Williams
Tom McCreery
Tris Speaker
Ty Cobb
Again, a very outstanding group of players.

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