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Dueling Rookies
Albert Chen
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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July 09, 2012

Dueling Rookies

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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

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

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

VERDICT

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

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