Almost as amazing as some of the things rookie outfielder Mike Trout is doing on the field for the Angels this season are some of the statistics being excavated to quantify his performance and place it into historical context.
The latest comes from ESPN researchers, who found that only two players since 1900 have had a batting average of at least .343, a slugging percentage of at least .551, and at least 10 homers and 23 stolen bases through the first 60 games of a season: Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson in 1985 and Trout this season.
Though Trout, 20, didn’t join the Angels until April 28, he leads the team and the American League in batting average (.348) and stolen bases (26). He also leads the Angels with a .403 on-base percentage and 54 runs in 61 games, and he ranks third on the team with 38 runs batted in.
Trout had two singles, two sacrifice flies, a walk, three stolen bases and two runs in the Angels’ 9-7, come-from-behind victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night. Since he was called up from triple-A Salt Lake, the Angels have a major league-best 40-23 record. They were 6-14 without Trout in April.