Cain: If Mike Trout had played his entire career in an independent league: an OOTP experiment

From SABR member Cam Cain at on January 28, 2018:

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you this, but Mike Trout is unequivocally the best player in Major League Baseball at this point in time. His 54.4 WAR is the highest ever by a 26-year-old. He tied for 3rd in the Majors in WAR in 2017 despite missing over 40 games. He has clearly proven capable of dominating the best competition in the world. But how would he fare against the worst competition in the world?

We’ve already shown that Trout would become a god if he were to play in Korea. Now it’s time to look even further down the rungs of professional baseball. I’m about to show you how Mike Trout would fare if he played his entire career in the Pecos League, and beware, it’s going to be disturbing.

The Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs is an independent baseball league in the southwestern United States. If there is a hierarchy of the independent leagues, the Pecos League is most certainly at the bottom. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at one of the team logos.

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Originally published: February 13, 2018. Last Updated: February 13, 2018.