Dueling Rookies

July 09, 2012

Who's the better rookie, Angels centerfielder Mike Trout or Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper? That's not a clown question, bro. Each made his 2012 debut on April 28, but the similarity between them ends there

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MIKE TROUT BRYCE HARPER
20 AGE 19
.339/.395/.542, 9 HR, 22 SB SEASON STATS .274/.348/.471, 8 HR, 8 SB
4.3 (1st in AL) WINS ABOVE REPLACEMENT 1.4 (45th in NL)
444 feet, July 1 at Toronto LONGEST HOME RUN 438 feet, June 12 at Toronto
Leaping home-run-saving catch against Baltimore on June 27 SIGNATURE MOMENT Intentionally plunked by Cole Hamels on May 6
Timed at 3.53 seconds going from home to first on a bunt single BASERUNNING FEAT Timed in 16.35 seconds rounding the bases ... on a home run trot
Buzz cut HAIRSTYLE The Skullet
Fish-shaped foam hats BEST MERCHANDISE Clown Question Bro Canadian lager
Don Omar & Lucenzo's Danza Kuduro AT BAT MUSIC George Thorogood's Bad to the Bone

VERDICT

Harper may already be baseball's most exciting player, but Trout is having the better year and prevails on substance over style.

PHOTOAL TIELEMANS PHOTOROBERT BECK

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)