Numbers Don't Lie: Juan Soto is statistically better than Mike Trout through 200 games

Jared Goldstein
NBC Sports Washington

Mike Trout is widely considered the "best player in baseball," but Juan Soto might actually be better, depending on what numbers are used.

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Soto has more home runs, RBI and walks, fewer strikeouts and a higher OPS than did Trout for a full season and a quarter.

That's not to suggest that Soto will be better than Trout is, but also, the numbers don't lie, and that's exactly what they say.

Other numbers tell a bit of a different story. Through the first 200 games of Trout's career, the Angels were 112-88, while the Nationals are 104-96 through Soto's first 200. Trout has a career WAR of 70.5. Soto's is 5.6. Trout's 2019 WAR is 6.3.

Trout was an All-Star during his first full season and has been every year since. He was also the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year. He's been the AL MVP twice and is a six-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Soto is having a pretty great season in his own right. He's batting .301 with 17 home runs and 61 RBI.

There's no telling what the future will hold for Soto, but if he keeps up the same kind of production he's posted during his first 200 games, this could be an interesting discussion in a few years. For now, it's just a fun comparison using an admittedly small sample size. One thing that's certain, Soto and Trout are two of the most exciting young names in the game.

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Numbers Don't Lie: Juan Soto is statistically better than Mike Trout through 200 games originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

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