Trout tabs toughest pitchers to face & best hitters in majors

Mike Trout may be just 22 years old, but his remarkable rise in professional baseball has been one to marvel since his rookie debut in 2012. The highly touted AL MVP candidate for a third straight season takes his pick of the best pitchers and hitters in the game today.

Mike Trout is a .313 career hitter with 78 homers, 250 RBI and 95 stolen bases through Friday.

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Three years may seem like a short tenure for anyone to have the right to tab the top talent in Major League Baseball, but Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout is far from normal standards when it comes to production on the diamond.

Through Friday, the 22-year-old Trout boasts a career batting average of .313  with 78 homers, 250 RBI, 307 runs and 95 stolen bases — only being caught 12 times. He has back-to-back American League MVP runner-up finishes and was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2012.

From the looks of it, there's no stopping as he's making a strong case for being the MVP of the AL this season. Through 68 games, he's hitting .308 with 16 homers, 54 RBI and nine stolen bases.

All this considered, Trout has earned the right to have some credibility when making claims as to who are the top pitchers and batters in the game today.

So who does he consider the toughest pitchers to face?



Now for Trout's top three hitters.



It's really no surprise Trout tabbed Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera No. 1. After all, Cabrera is the guy who snatched AL MVP honors from Trout the past two seasons.

... It also wouldn't be shocking if many current major leaguers would name Trout in their top three.

MORE: Ken Rosenthal has the scoops: Check out Ken's archive.

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