2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Mike Trout
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
When Mike Trout fell to second in a recent mock draft, it prompted the question of why would he fall from the first pick in a snake draft? Over the last two seasons, he’s missed time with a torn ligament in his left thumb (2017) and wrist inflammation last year. While this depresses his overall numbers in fantasy, Trout represents the highest floor in the first round. Although he only appeared in 140 games last year, Trout scored 101 runs with 39 home runs, 79 RBI, 24 stolen bases and a .312/.460/.628 slash line in only 471 at-bats.
Trout also recorded the lowest ground ball rate of his career in 2018 combined with his second highest fly ball percentage (45.3 percent) and a personal best 44.4 percent hard hit rate according to Fangraphs. His discipline, as if it needed to, also generated Trout’s lowest swinging strike percentage (5.8 percent) and best contact rate (84.1 percent) of his tremendous career. Trout also finished with a .316 isolated power with a 20.1 percent walk...