Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout is not washed up in fantasy baseball

Jul 24, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) before the game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 24, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) before the game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sports are, in a lot of cases, a matter of the present and future. The phrase “What have you done for me lately?” resonates, especially in fantasy leagues. This can lead to ridiculous thoughts, such as the idea that the Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is washed up at 30 years old.

One can understand not drafting Trout as high in a fantasy league or the idea that his value is lower. He only appeared in 36 games last season due to a calf injury that was initially thought to be a strain, only for the injury to a significant tear that kept him out for the season.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout can still be a fantasy baseball star

Trout was still the same superstar as usual when he was on the diamond. He posted an excellent .333/.466/.624 batting line in his 146 plate appearances, hitting eight homers and eight doubles. Maybe he does not steal as many bases, as he only had two steals in that time, but that is relatively minor compared to the rest of his production.

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That excellent performance should continue for the foreseeable future. Not only does Trout have Shohei Ohtani in the lineup, but Anthony Rendon should be healthy as well. He will have plenty of opportunities to fill up fantasy league scoring columns.

He was not the only early pick that spent time on the Injured List last year. Both Ronald Acuna Jr. and Jacob deGrom missed more than half of the season. Fernando Tatis Jr missed time twice last season as well. It was not a good year for first round picks.

But Trout is the one being questioned. Yes, he is 30 years old, but deGrom is older. Tatis has a more checkered injury history. This may simply be a case of the shine wearing off on Trout because we have all become accustomed to his greatness, so when he struggles or is injured, it is easy to assume the worst.

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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout can still be a fantasy baseball star. There is no reason to think that he is already washed up.