Building an All-MLB Lineup for Next 5 Seasons

Tim Kelly
March 30, 2020 - 10:13 am

At this time a decade ago, Mike Trout was a senior at Millville Senior High School in New Jersey. The 18-year-old would be selected by the Los Angeles Angels with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, but even he couldn't have imagined what the 2010s had in store for him.

FanGraphs says that Trout's 73.4 fWAR between 2010 and 2019 is by far the highest mark for the decade, with the next closest competitor - San Francisco Giants' catcher Buster Posey - coming in at 53.0.

Not only did Trout establish himself as the sport's most dominant player in the 2010s, but one of the greatest that the game has ever seen. According to Baseball Reference, he already tops Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr. and Joe DiMaggio in key metrics that Hall of Fame voters use to gauge worthiness. If Trout, a higher schooler a decade ago, retired today you could make a strong case for him being worthy of induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot.

Perhaps the next MLB superstar is still in high school or the lower levels of the minor leagues and we'll look ridiculous for not mentioning him in this list. With that possibility acknowledged, here's RADIO.COM Sports' All-MLB projections for the next five seasons:

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