Last year he drove in 40 runs other than himself. He should be driving in more runs. He is getting on base at .460 clip and he is only driving in 40 others. This is Joey Votto country. Wait until his HR total drops to 20 ala Votto.
You can see another Angels contract disaster.
Again, how can he drive people in, if nobody is on base when he comes to bat?
Last year, he had 377 PA's with the bases empty.
He had 163 with men on, but he was intentionally walked in 24 of those, so 139 times he had a chance to drive someone else in.
That means he only had runners on base in 26.9% of his net plate appearances.
Here was Trout's batting line with men on: .325/.504/.632(1.136)
Let's compare that with RBI leader JD Martinez.
Martinez had 332 PA's with the bases empty.
He had 317 with men on base. He was intentionally walked 11 of those times, for a net of 306.
That means he had runners on base in 48% of his plate appearances. Again, Trout 27%, Martinez 48%.
Martinez hit .352/.438/.670 (1.108).
Both players had similar batting lines, one guy had 167 more chances than the other guy.
So how is it Trout's fault that he doesn't get the opportunities that other guys get?