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but isn't the direct Mantle comparison:
a) too much
b) too soon
c) unfair to Trout, giving him a nearly impossible expectation?
True, but then again no player in history, including Trout and Harper, has ever had the level of expectation going into his rookie year that Mickey Mantle had.
Jackie Robinson? Jackie Robinson was a last minute addition to the Dodgers' regular season roster, and nobody---nobody---expected him to perform at the level he wound up.
19. cardsfanboy Posted: June 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM (#4153699)
.....no way is Harper one of even the best 50 players in baseball right now. Give him another month or two and see where he is at. History is full of prospects with one month of great ball(or in his case, good ball) who the league eventually catches up to.
You're crowing that a 19 year old is putting up a 112 OPS+, and you think he's somehow failing? Seriously?
He's arguably a league average player. Nothing wrong with that, and he's only going to get better, but he is not one of the top 50 players in the game right at this minute.
Agreed he's not one of the top 50 right now, but many 19-year-olds are league average players?
But I don't think that there are 50 players I would rather have under contract now than him.
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