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The Wheelhouse: The Past 12 - August Edition

Derek VanRiper

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Senior Baseball Editor for RotoWire.com, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210) from 11a-2p ET on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

This may not be the first time I have brought it up, but I was definitely on board with Ron Shandler's argument that Mike Trout's 2013 campaign would be a step back. The "regression to what?" question seemed like a fair one to ask, and a well-reasoned argument focused on the historical norms of players Trout's age were enough to keep me away from him in draft and auction formats where he would require a top-three pick, or command the highest bid in the player pool.

Five months later, plenty of intelligent people are rightfully debating the possibility of the now 22-year-old outfielder becoming the greatest player of all-time.

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