Mike Trout deserves it. He's a real baseball player. Cabrera is just a ball crusher. I'm sure Cabrera will get it though because since 1998, all people have cared about are home runs. Nothing's changed.
Cabrera has a better batting average (Although they are close), more HR/at bat, more RBI/at bat, higher SLG%, higher OPS, etc.
Why does Trout deserve it?
I'm legitimately asking, not trying to be a-hole. The Twins have been so bad this summer I have paid very little attention to baseball. I've never watched Trout play.
I'd provide the little YouTube box, but this will skip right to his defensive hilights. He hasn't just made one home run saving catch, he makes like one per week. It's ridiculous. He's like Joe DiMaggio/Willie Mays reincarnated. You can't really value that statistically; most stats are weighed at the plate.
And that's not to say he's weak at the plate. He's very strong, infact he has as many HR's as Prince Fielder. Sure he has less RBI's but I really just accredit that to him not having as many HR's as Miguel. This isn't a competition about who has more pop in his bat, obviously that goes to Miguel. It's about who is the most valuable player to his team. Having less home runs doesn't make him less valuable in my mind, it just makes him different. He makes up for it in so many different ways; defensively and on the basepaths. Additionally if you look at who has the most runs in the MLB, it's Trout. He gets on base. He gets into scoring position. He touches home. You can't really ask for much more out of a player offensively, I think if you were to ask any GM in the league that's exactly what they want out of any player who steps up to the plate. And what's most impressive as stated earlier is he leads the runs scored category by a mile with LESS HR'S than the big hitters. Hitting a HR guarantees you touch the plate. Trout touches home plate more, with less AB's and less HR's than Miguel.
So to me, it's Trout. He's bar none the best CF defensively, add in his AVG and OBP which are tops in the league, the fact that he can hit a really good amount of HR's, his baserunning abilities (he leads the MLB in stolen bags) and you have a very special, very talented "all around" baseball player. I can't even think of the last player who could do EVERYTHING...and everything really good. Jim Edmonds comes to mind?? But there are very few players likewise. Meanwhile for Cabrera's sake, there's plenty of first basemen/DH who walk up to the plate and crush balls. I know which player I would want to build my team around if I were a GM.