Looking back since 1980, there are 3 other hitters that could arguably be put in the same sentence as Trout. And they're all A's; Canseco '86, McGwire '87 and Henderson '80.
Ricky put up good numbers in few games in his first season. I'm pretty sure managers could extrapolate his 33 SB in 350 ABs to see he would be top five in the previous season, so he's out.
Canseco showed signs in '85 with a .490 SLG, but not much else. What keeps him apart from Trout is his low value the next season compared to the rest of the league (thanks to a .240 AVG).
McGwire is probably the closest analogy, a first round pick at #10 compared to Trout at #25, he struggled in 58 plate appearances in '86 and came out like a maniac in '87. I'm not sure those 58 PAs were enough to turn off the pre draft hype for Big Mac. And the level of competition he faced prevented him from being top dog like Trout in 2012. Thank Paul Molitor (114/16/75/45/.353), Dale Murphy (115/44/105/16/.295), Daryl Strawberry (108/39/104/36/.284) and Eric Davis (120/37/100/50!/.293) for that. Dang, give me an Eric Davis every season please.
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