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Wash on Mike Trout: "He's not Willie Mays"

7/23/2012

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Angels rookie Mike Trout leads the American League in batting (.357), runs (70), steals (31) and, for the sabermetrics junkies out there, wins above replacement (4.8) despite spending most of the first month of the season in the minors.

The 20-year-old crossed the plate for the 14th consecutive game Sunday, tying the AL rookie record and setting an Angels franchise mark. Trout was 5-for-10 with a home run and a triple in the three-game series against the Texas Rangers, walking three times and scoring four runs.

He saw a total of 32 pitches Sunday but, apparently, it's difficult to impress Rangers manager Ron Washington.

"He's not Willie Mays," Washington said. "He's a pretty good player, but I think the comparisons have to stop. Let the kid play. When he's been here five years, six years, then you can start doing that."