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Dueling Rookies

Who's the better rookie, Angels centerfielder Mike Trout or Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper? That's not a clown question, bro. Each made his 2012 debut on April 28, but the similarity between them ends there

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MIKE TROUT

BRYCE HARPER

20

AGE

19

.339/.395/.542, 9 HR, 22 SB

SEASON STATS

.274/.348/.471, 8 HR, 8 SB

4.3 (1st in AL)

WINS ABOVE REPLACEMENT

1.4 (45th in NL)

444 feet, July 1 at Toronto

LONGEST HOME RUN

438 feet, June 12 at Toronto

Leaping home-run-saving catch against Baltimore on June 27

SIGNATURE MOMENT

Intentionally plunked by Cole Hamels on May 6

Timed at 3.53 seconds going from home to first on a bunt single

BASERUNNING FEAT

Timed in 16.35 seconds rounding the bases ... on a home run trot

Buzz cut

HAIRSTYLE

The Skullet

Fish-shaped foam hats

BEST MERCHANDISE

Clown Question Bro Canadian lager

Don Omar & Lucenzo's Danza Kuduro

AT BAT MUSIC

George Thorogood's Bad to the Bone

VERDICT

Harper may already be baseball's most exciting player, but Trout is having the better year and prevails on substance over style.

PHOTO

AL TIELEMANS

PHOTO

ROBERT BECK