MIKE MICHAEL NELSON TROUT
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   OF
Home: N/A Team:   ANGELS
Height: 6' 2" Bats:   R
Weight: 235 Throws:   R
DOB: 8/7/1991 Agent: Craig Landis/Seal/Ware
Uniform #: N/A  
Birth City: Vineland, NJ
Draft: Angels #1 - 2009 - Out of high school (NJ)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2009 MWL CEDAR RAPIDS   5 15 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 .421 .267 .267
2009 AZL TEMPE   40 169 29 61 8 7 1 25 13 2 18 29 .418 .509 .361
2010 CAL RANCHO CUCAMONGA   50 196 30 60 10 1 4 19 11 6 27 33 .388 .429 .306
2010 MWL CEDAR RAPIDS   81 312 76 113 19 7 6 39 45 9 46 52 .454 .526 .362
2011 TL ARKANSAS   91 353 82 115 18 13 11 38 33 10 45 76 .414 .544 .326
2011 AL ANGELS   40 123 20 27 6 0 5 16 4 0 9 30 .281 .390 .220
2012 AL ANGELS   139 559 129 182 27 8 30 83 49 5 67 139 .399 .564 .326
2012 PCL SALT LAKE   20 77 21 31 4 5 1 13 6 1 11 16 .467 .623 .403
2013 AL ANGELS $510.00 157 589 109 190 39 9 27 97 33 7 110 136 .432 .557 .323
2014 AL ANGELS $1,000.00 157 602 115 173 39 9 36 111 16 2 83 184 .377 .561 .287
2015 AL ANGELS $6,083.00 159 575 104 172 32 6 41 90 11 7 92 158 .402 .590 .299
2016 AL ANGELS $16,080.00 159 549 123 173 32 5 29 100 30 7 116 137 .441 .550 .315
2017 AL ANGELS $20,083.00 114 402 92 123 25 3 33 72 22 4 94 90 .442 .629 .306
2017 CAL INLAND EMPIRE   4 9 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 2 .500 .556 .222
Personal
  • Mike's Dad, Jeff Trout, was drafted by the Twins in the 5th round in 1983, out of the University of Delaware. Jeff played four seasons in the minors at second base and third base. But he won't claim credit for his son's success.

    "Mike's a great kid," Jeff Trout said. "He's a great player, but he's a better person. That's always been our goal as parents, to raise kids that are good people and let their natural talents take them wherever."

  • Trout is from a solid family background. His parents taught him the value of accountability and hard work.

  • Trout's hometown, Millville, New Jersey, used to be a glassmaking town, but it was hit by the same economic forces that have emptied manufacturing towns throughout the U.S., with many of the jobs being outsourced. Now Millville is known as a Mike Trout-making town.

  • In 2008, the Trouts moved into a home on the very outskirts of Millville, in a two-story house that sits on nearly four acres in Deerfield Township.

    Upstairs is the bed Mike still sleeps in during the offseason—next door to his brother, Tyler, who's in his final year at Rutgers Law School. Downstairs is the basement he turned into his own personal "man cave," complete with a wet bar, mini fridge, ping-pong table, PlayStation 3 and deer-hunting rifles.

    His mother, Debbie, has taken on the role of Mike's business manager, per se, teaming with agent Craig Landis to schedule all of his photo shoots and appearances and interviews.

    "Thank God I retired in June," says Debbie, whose husband, Jeff, is retiring after 25 years of teaching.

    "This," Jeff adds, "is like running a corporation now."

  • Trout's athleticism and competitive drive are boundless. He can dunk a basketball with ease. He shoots in the 90s during occasional rounds of golf, but hits his drives into neighboring counties. He’s good at table tennis and formidable at video games, and rolled a personal high of 286 in bowling. He still laments the 300 game that got away.

  • Trout has a football body at 6-foot-1 and 217 pounds. An all-conference basketball player in high school as well, he played quarterback and safety as a freshman in high school and could have been a Division I player, according to his dad, a longtime history teacher and baseball and football coach at Millville High.

    "He was so fearless on the field, as the football coach, I got so worried about what was going on," Jeff Trout said. "He'd get dinged up.

    "So I just told him 'Mike, you ought to spend one of these seasons just hitting the weights and lifting. I don't care what sport you pick.' It's great to be a three-sport guy and everything. But I was trying to encourage him, hoping he would back away from football a little bit. And he did."

    After banging up his ankle his freshman year of football, he knew baseball was a better career choice.

    "Since he was about seven or eight years old, I knew he was a special baseball player," said Jeff Trout, who played four seasons as an infielder in the Twins system, reaching Double-A. "He stood out basically everywhere he played, every step of the way athletically.

    "The other good thing about Mike is that he has always enjoyed working at the game also. It was never a burdensome thing to go out and take BP, get groundballs and flyballs hit to him, stuff like that."  (Jeff Johnson-Baseball America-7/08/10)

  • In high school, Mike threw a no-hitter against Egg Harbor Township. He was a pitcher and short stop during his high school years.

  • In 2009, Trout graduated from Millville High School in New Jersey, having hit .531 with 18 home runs and 45 runs batted in in 26 games. He struck out only 17 times in all four years. He committed to East Carolina University on a baseball scholarship.

    But instead Michael signed with the Angels on July 1, 2009, for a reported bonus of $1.2 million, via scout Greg Morhardt. 

    Trout was signed by scout Greg "Mo" Morhardt, whose roommate for spring training one year and his teammate at Double-A Orlando was Jeff Trout. He remembered Trout as an undersized second baseman who knew how to hit and got every ounce out of his ability. Mike was his son.

  • Mike has solid makeup. And he has speed, athleticism and plays the game the right way and has fun doing it.

    He cares more about the team than he does himself.

    Trout is hard-nosed and aggressive on the field. He is a bulldog. But he is also grounded, and a team player. Good days or bad, Mike is always the same.

  • In September 2009, Trout was rated the top prospect in the Gulf Coast League by Baseball America.

  • In the spring of 2010, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Mike as the third best prospect in the Angels' organization. They moved him up to the #1 prospect in the Angels' farm system in the winter before  both 2011 and 2012 spring training camps opened.

  • The Cedar Rapids Kernels have a promotional night each season that's sponsored by a local auto dealer.

    The dealership gives away three used cars to random fans, and one of the winners during the 2010 season was Debbie Trout, the mother of Kernels outfielder Mike Trout. The family just happened to be visiting Iowa from their home in New Jersey.

    "We donated it back to the Kernels," said Jeff Trout, Mike's dad. "I think one of the relief pitchers has it. Maybe Jon Bachanov. It's going to continue to be a Kernels family car. Each year when they come into town, someone will get it."  (Jeff Johnson-Baseball America-7/08/10)

  • In 2010, Trout was named the Midwest League's #1 prospect and the California League's best prospect by Baseball America, while winning the league MVP award as well as the batting and on-base titles, and managers rated him the best hitter, best and fastest runner, best defensive outfielder and most exciting player in the league.

    Also, Mike was selected as the recipient of the 51st annual J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps/Minor League Player of the Year. He is the youngest player to win the award at 19 years, two months.

    Andruw Jones was 19 years, six months old when he was named Topps/Minor League Player of the Year in 1996.

  • October 2010: In nine games in the Pan-Am qualifying tournament, Team USA finishing tied for third with a 7-1 record. Trout led the team in hits with 14—and demonstrated his developing power with three homers and seven RBIs, along with two doubles and a triple for a .675 slugging percentage. He also drew three walks for a .395 on-base percentage, scoring 10 runs.

  • In the spring of 2011, Trout, who was 19, arrived at the Angels' major league camp. One night a group of nine veterans invited him to join them at a swanky steak house in Scottsdale. Great heaps of food kept coming to the table, as did bottles of fine wine. Trout couldn't believe his great fortune. Only two years earlier he was in high school watching these guys on TV. He had a great time—until pitcher Jered Weaver walked up to him and said, "You're the million-dollar baby. You're going to pay for it."

    Mike looked at the bill: $1,800. He excused himself and went to the rest room, where he pulled out his cell phone and made a call.

    "Mom? They're going to stick me with an $1,800 bill. Do I have enough money in my account?"

    "Mike, what are you talking about? Just use your card."

    The next morning, there was a large Tonka dump truck parked in Trout's locker. It was filled with 7,200 quarters.

  • A television analyst referred to Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout as "T 'n T"—a dynamite combination.

    In 2012, the Angels stumbled out of the gate to an 18-25 record through May 21, 2012. It was then that the 2012 TNT boys sparked an eight-game winning streak that put the Angels back into contention—and rekindled an old nickname.

  • In June 2012, Angels manager Mike Scioscia was asked if he thought about reeling in the frenetic play of Trout.

    "I really think that when you play aggressively, you have a natural mechanism that protects you," Scioscia said of Trout, who often flies into walls, etc. "If you try to put a governor on him, try to have him slide gingerly or not go as hard, I think that puts him more at risk. You can get in an awkward position if you try to take your athletic ability out of the equation."

  • In 2012, Trout was named the American League's Rookie of the Year. And it was a unanimous vote of all 28 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

  • As of the offseason before 2013 spring training, Mike was still living at home with Mom and Dad.

    "A lot of my teammates make fun of me, because I still live with my parents," Trout said. "Eventually I'll get a house. But I'm real close to my parents."

  • Mike's dad says his son is even quiet at home. "He's a man of very few words," his dad says. "He gives those one-liners, those cliches. Don't take it personally. It's the same with us."

  • In January 2013, GQ Magazine did a photo shoot at the house for their April issue. Eastbay did the same for their catalog at a local gym. And in the spring, Mike will grace the covers of Men's Health and ESPN The Magazine—this time alongside Triple Crown winner and MVP Miguel Cabrera.

    Nike secured Mike to a four-year contract in December. J&J Snack Foods plans to put him on the back of their SuperPretzel box. And Subway will include him in a commercial that will air during Sunday's Super Bowl.

    Over the past few months, Mike's parents have learned a lot of things on the fly. They've learned that the memorabilia sent to the house doesn't get signed. Only what's sent directly to Angel Stadium.

    They've learned not to get spooked when cars roll around their cul-de-sac with their cameras out—which the neighbors have tried to minimize by saying the Trouts don't live there anymore. They've learned to laugh it off when people call Mike's sister's house asking about her brother, or when four teenage girls roll up in a golf cart chanting his name.

    Mostly, they've learned the art of saying no.

    "It's funny, because I understand that they're fans, and that's great," Debbie says. "I love his fan base and everything like that. But there's only one of Mike, and there's all these people that just want one little piece of him."

  • Trout was raised by a tight-knit family and a hard-nosed, baseball-playing father. So he is clean cut and perceivably, well, vanilla. He's respectful yet distant; at ease in front of sold-out stadiums but jittery behind a microphone and devoid of introspection.

    A lot has changed around Millville for Mike. In December 2012, when he went to the movies, word spread, and by the time he stepped out, hundreds of people were waiting in the parking lot for an autograph. Same thing happened the last time he tried to play a round of golf with some friends and his high school sweetheart. Or the last time he walked into Cuts On High for a haircut. Or the last time he tried to eat his hamburgers at Jim's Lunch.

    Simply put, Mike Trout can no longer be Mikey from Millville.  It's just not that simple anymore. "I wish I could tell you that everything's the same, that he can go everywhere he wants to go, but it's not the case," says Shannon, who used to live next door to the Trouts and would dress up as Santa Claus for their three kids.

    "Mikey Trout is a rock star. He has hit rock-star status here. To the close circle of friends, his friends, he's still Mikey Trout. But to a lot of folks, he's that Major League Baseball player, he's the Rookie of the Year. They're awestruck. They want to get close to Mikey. They want to be able to tell people, 'Not only is he from my hometown, I know Mikey and he knows me.' So, it's changed quite a bit." (Alden Gonzalez-MLB.com-1/31/12)

  • Trout played the 2012 season at 220 pounds. Then, after an offseason regimen of twice-daily workouts, he showed up at 2013 spring training at 240 pounds.

  • March 12, 2013: Trout had played only one full season in the big leagues, but the Milville, New Jersey native's high school was renaming its baseball field after him. The Millville Board of Education voted to change the name of Millville High's in honor of the 2012 American League rookie of the year.

    In a way, the move is a thank-you to Trout. When he won the Players Choice Rookie of the Year Award, it came with a $20,000 donation to the charity of his choice. The 21-year-old outfielder sent the money to his school to renovate its field. 

  • May 21, 2013: Trout hit for the cycle. Considering all that Trout has done, it almost comes as a surprise that this was his first cycle. Trout had never achieved the feat, not in Little League or high school or anywhere else.

    "It's just a dream come true," said Trout, who also expressed his excitement on Twitter, posting: "Appreciate all the love! Awesome night! #angels"

    "To stand here after a night like this is definitely up there on my lists of personal [accomplishments]," he added. "Triple, double, home run and a single. It's tough to do, and hopefully, there's more to come."

    "More to come" may seem like a lot to ask considering the record for cycles is only three—Bob Meusel, Babe Herman, and John Reilly each did it three times.  (William Boor-MLB.com-5/23/13)

  • In August, 2013, Mike and his parents tried to sneak out the side of the New York Palace Hotel by having a cab back into a parking garage. Six or seven young men spotted Trout and with pens and baseballs in hand, pursued his car for 10 blocks. The stoplights allowed them to keep up until the cab stopped at a Times Square eatery.

    "They were chasing us through the city, knocking on the window of the cab," said Debbie Trout, Mike's mom. "You know how traffic is there. It was crazy."

    The men were rewarded when Trout signed after dinner, two hours later. "They never let go," Trout said with a chuckle. "You want it that bad, you get it."

  • September 17, 2013: Trout—at 22 years, 40 days old—became the second-youngest player in Major League history with 25-plus homers and 30-plus steals in one season, with the youngest being himself during the 2012 season.

    He's also the first player in American League history with 25 homers, 30 steals, and 100 walks.

  • October 2013: Trout was named Baseball America's Player of the Year.

  • Trout's favorites:Hobbies: Golf, fishing, and huntingMovie: Happy GilmoreActor: Adam SandlerTV Show: CSI MiamiMusic: CountryFood: SteakPerson in history I'd like to meet: Babe RuthPlayers, past and present, I'd pay to watch: Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera, today. Pedro Martinez from the past.If not a baseball player, I'd have been: A school teacher.

  • Trout still can't believe how fast this is all happening.  First, he was the teenager very few veterans knew, trying to find his way on the Angels' roster and looking to carve a spot for himself in this game. Now, he is in many ways the most popular player in baseball—the guy for whom hundreds of fans line up to see at an airport, the one doing seven-hour photo shoots with Nike, and the player at least one U.S. president refers to in speeches.

    Trout spent the offseason outdoors, in the woods or on a boat, as always. He caught a killer wahoo and barracuda with his father in Saint Lucia, attended a Sixers game against the Heat to watch LeBron James (the two have yet to meet) learned to actually enjoy those extensive photo shoots and gracefully embraced all the attention he continued to receive. "If I'm sitting there at my locker at the start of spring and nobody's coming over," Trout said, "that means I'm not doing something right."

    And while discussing the farm bill Congress had recently passed, President Barack Obama wanted to express how versatile it was, so he said: "It's like Mike Trout, for those of you who know baseball. It's somebody who's got a lot of tools and multitasks."Trout was rabbit hunting when Obama said that, and his phone instantly began buzzing in his pocket.  

    "I really can't explain just the last couple years of my life," Trout said. "It's been great. Having fun doing it. That's what I wanted to be as a kid growing up, and I'm taking full advantage of it." (Gonzalez - mlb.com - 02/19/14)

  • Derek Jeter doesn't like the term "farewell tour," and he doesn't believe "hype" is an accurate description for what surrounds Mike Trout. "I don't like the word hype around him," Jeter said. "It's all deserved. He can do everything. He can beat you in every way."

    Trout grew up a Phillies fan in South New Jersey, but he idolized Jeter while growing up a shortstop, and told Jeter as much when the two met during the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City. "It makes you feel good as a player when you have guys that come up and appreciate how you play the game, but he has a very, very bright future," Jeter said of Trout. "He's got a bright present, too."

    Bright enough that the world has basically identified Trout as the new face of baseball; as the guy who will take the proverbial torch from Jeter and be the guy fans most identify with in this game. Asked what sticks out most about Trout, Jeter said, "I don't think you pick one thing."

    "It seems like he has a desire to keep improving," Jeter added. "He doesn't play the game like he knows he has it made. He plays hard. He runs every ball out, which when you've had the success like he's had for a couple of years, you like to see that. You like to see guys who play the game the right way." (Gonzalez - mlb.com - 5/5/14)

  • Trout's mind was blown in June 2014. Nike came up with a signature cleat for him, the Nike Lunar Vapor Trout, that the fleet outfielder and representatives from the famed sports equipment and apparel company were showing off.

    The shoe was newsworthy in itself: a red and fluorescent yellow wonder of aerodynamics that had been almost two years in the making after numerous consultations between Trout and a team of more than 30 biomechanics experts, designers and innovators working in concert at Nike's Oregon headquarters.

    The moment was significant, too, in the annals of sports and pop culture. Trout became only the second baseball player (Ken Griffey Jr. was the first) to have his very own signature shoe line with Nike. That's a big deal in a big industry, and it's a big deal for a big-time talent like Trout.

    "Everything that I wanted in a shoe, they made it happen," Trout said after entering a room full of media members to the strains of laid-back electronic dance music while a video of his on-the-field highlights played. "Now that it's here, it just gives me chills looking at it right now. I mean, I'm speechless."

    Trout said when he was approached by Nike a few years ago, he told the shoe's designer, Matthew Pauk, and Nike's global product line manager for baseball cleats, former independent league outfielder Cameron Shick, that his goals for the ideal Mike Trout cleat were simple.

    "Speed is my game," Trout said. "I wanted to take it to the next level." That meant it had to be comfortable and it had to be lightweight, and, as Pauk described, it also had to adhere to perhaps the most elusive and difficult challenge of all when trying to satisfy an athlete in his early 20s.

    "He always leaves us with a little sound bite when we leave him," Pauk said. "Like, 'If I look good, I play good.' And, 'Make it hot.'"

    They did, and Trout was effusive in his praise for the work of Pauk and Shick in doing just that. The look of the shoe turns heads, to begin with, with the aerodynamic ridges on the outside of the cleat that almost look like the scales on, well, a trout.

    The human Trout also raved about the comfort, which is achieved primarily with the lightweight Nike Lunarlon foam midsole, the "booty" concept in which the ankle is surrounded by a form-fitting sheath after the foot goes into the shoe, a four-way stretch mesh inner sleeve, and the Nike Flywire technology that enables the foot to be "locked down" with cables that go from the top of the cleat to the split Pebax speed plate on the bottom.

    The result is a cleat that Trout and his Nike pals are sure will leave vapor trails all over the fields of the American League for years to come. (Miller - mlb.com 6/20/14)

  • Dan Richter is the athletic trainer at Millville High School and began working with Trout in 2009. He continues to work with Trout in the offseason. And on June 20, 2014, he gave media members a bit of a taste of what Trout goes through in an average day's workout on the field.

    Sprints, agility drills, running and leaping at the wall, and endurance and core exercises were demonstrated, with everyone decked out in more of the Trout Nike baseball line gear, including sliding shorts and socks and Dri-FIT caps with the new Nike baseball logo.

    "It's been great to work with him because he's such a great athlete, and he's such a unique athlete," Richter said. "I'm just happy to be along for the ride."

    "We've been able to push the needle with the aesthetic," Pauk said. "You look at Mike Trout on the field, and he plays the game like nobody else plays the game, so … it's got to be a shoe that has never looked like anything we've done in baseball before." (Miller - mlb.com 6/20/14)

  • Trout seems not to have lost an ounce of that enthusiasm and wonder. He's clearly doing something he loves, and much like Tony Gwynn once did, Trout arrives at the ballpark seemingly anxious to find out what the day has in store for him.

    Trout's at-bats have become must-watch television, but to watch only his at-bats would be to risk missing some of the best parts of his game. He's one of the players who is just as entertaining on defense as he is standing in the batter's box.

    Trout is the whole package, and we're the lucky ones who've gotten in on the ground floor of his career. He's still just 22 years old and just passed the 1,500-mark in career at-bats. There's going to be so much more of Mike Trout to enjoy in the years ahead.

    So let's all pay attention. Let's appreciate what we're seeing, how special this kid is and how extraordinary it is to watch Trout do pretty much everything. Someday, we'll be able to tell fans, yep, we saw it early on, knew the kid was different. He's one of the players who'll help define this generation of baseball, and aren't we the lucky ones? (Justice - mlb.com - 6/25/14)

  • Trout was told early on April 13, 2015, that later in the day he'd be playing his 500th career game in the Major Leagues, and for one of the few times in his young life, he was caught off guard.

    "Is it really 500?" Trout said. "How 'bout that." It came quick.  Trout got there at 23 years and 249 days old. He had already been a three-time All-Star, had won the American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Awards unanimously, and had put himself in some historic company.

    The latest: Trout is one of five players since 1914 to score at least 375 runs and hit at least 95 homers in his first 500 games, joining Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Chuck Klein, and Albert Pujols.

    "That is pretty good company," he said. "I just go out there and try to play the game; I don't try to think about numbers too much. But when you're in the company with such great guys, it definitely feels special. Especially with Albert, my teammate. That's pretty cool."

    Trout already has 102 stolen bases, which none of the aforementioned players even came close to 100 steals within their first 500 games, a testament to the dynamic skills that have made Trout so unique.

    "It's definitely gone quick," said Trout. "You get so excited, and have so much fun doing it, time flies." (Gonzalez - mlb.com - 4/13/15)

  • Mike continued to amaze in April 2015 when he become the youngest player ever to record 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases.  

    Both of Trout's homers on April 17—a two-run shot off Roberto Hernandez and a three-run shot off Chad Qualls—in the eighth—came with two strikes.  It's all about his mindset.

    "When I get aggressive early in the count," Trout said, "it gets me ready for later pitches in the at-bat, as opposed to just letting one go by."

    With 104 stolen bases, Trout hit his 100th home run at 23 years and 253 days old, surpassing Alex Rodriguez (23 years and 309 days old in 1999) as the youngest player to reach the 100/100 milestone.

    "Mike has always had a two-strike approach," manager Mike Scioscia said. "You see him choke up a bit, let the ball get a little deeper." 

    "The guy is unbelievable," Angels starterJered Weaversaid. "Nothing he does surprises me anymore. He's doing things that nobody has ever done before. It's awesome to see. It's fun to watch. I always tell everybody that what he does on the field is what it is, but what impresses me even more is how he goes about it off the field. He stays humble. He's a little kid playing a grown man's game." (Gonzalez - mlb.com - 4/18/15)

  • In 2010, one scout compared the dynamic Angels outfielder to Mickey Mantle . . . way back when Trout was at Class-A Cedar Rapids.

  • David Mantle said in a segment for MLB Network, "I'm a baseball fan. When I want to see someone playing like Mickey Mantle, I can pull out the home movies. Or I can just watch this kid with the Angels, Mike Trout. Like dad, he's got all the tools. He can run. He can field. And he can hit. Boy, can he hit."

    Statistically, there's no doubt that Trout stacks up with Mantle so far in his young career. Baseball-Reference.com lists Mantle as Trout's No. 1 comparable through his age-22 season.

    Take a look at the numbers: Trout, 2012-14, age 20-22: .311/.403/.561, 93 HR, 291 RBIs, 98 SBMantle, 1952-54, age 20-22: .303/.400/.518, 71 HR, 281 RBIs, 17 SB

    "Like my dad, Mike Trout isn't just good. He's compelling and exciting to watch. So if you're a baseball fan, you've got a chance to see a modern-day Mickey Mantle in center at Yankee Stadium with your own eyes," David Mantle said on MLB Network. "Just be sure to call him Mike, because the kid has clearly made a name for himself. As for the pinstripes, those you're just going to have to imagine."  (Berry - mlb.com - 6/5/15)

  • Trout experimented with switch-hitting because of his father, a Minor League player. Though Trout never tried it out in game action, only showing off for scouts when they asked before games and during batting practice, he does have one highlight as a lefty. Said Trout: "I actually beat my high school team in home-run derby lefthanded. They made me hit left-handed. They told me I had to hit lefty or I couldn't play."

  • Trout was selected to play in the 2015 All-Star Game. And he was named MVP of the game, due mostly for his leadoff home run to start the game, won by the AL 6-3. Mike also was the MVP of the 2014 All Star Game.

  • The sun was setting on August 7, 2015, game when an unusual, sing-songy chant broke out from the center-field seats at Angel Stadium. Ha-ppy birth-day to you. Ha-ppy birth-day to you. Ha-ppy birth-day, Mike Trooout …

    Trout smiled, looked over, lifted his glove in acknowledgement and heard his personal cheering section roar. Afterward, he said, "It gave me the chills."  So, Trout gave those chills right back.Moments after getting serenaded by his home fans, the superstar center fielder turned on a 97-mph fastball from Orioles starter Kevin Gausman and lifted it over the left-center-field fence for his Major League-leading 33rd home run. It marked the third time Trout has homered in the four birthdays he has had in the big leagues, and it set the tone for a wild 8-4 Angels win. He also has homered in the All-Star Game, in walk-off fashion immediately after the All-Star Game, against Felix Hernandez in his first at-bat of the season (two years in a row) and on his mom's birthday (twice in the same game).  He has a knack for this sort of thing.

    "Who is surprised?" Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun said. "I guess birthdays give him a little bit more juice. I mean he's a year older now, so he's getting his old-man strength." Trout's two other birthday homers came in 2012 and 2013, and they were both his 20th of the season. The older he gets, the more pronounced his power becomes."But his approach and his swing is really more set for gap-to-gap and using the whole field and letting the ball get deep," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It just shows how short and quick and strong he is that he can have that approach but still be able to hit the ball out of the park at the rate he does." (Gonzalez - mlb.com - 8/7/15)

  • Largely revered as the greatest baseball player on the planet is one of many professional athletes who have a profound fascination in the weather.  A piece on Yahoo details the time that Trout slid into the DMs of Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore.

    "All of a sudden, I get this direct message from Mike Trout," said Cantore, the Weather Channel's voluble on-camera meteorologist and among the most trusted voices in forecasting today. "He's asking me about the storm. Not like, 'Hey, Jim, it's Mike.' He just went right into the details. He was genuinely curious about what the models said."

    And the time that Trout hopped in the car (maybe one of the two he's won as the back-to-back All-Star Game MVP) and drove two and a half hours to watch a storm.

    Once during spring training, Trout noticed on a model that Flagstaff, Ariz., was going to get blanketed with snow. The Angels had a day off, so Trout drove the 2½ hours north to watch the storm.

    The Weather Channel and Trout have even entered into talks to have Trout moonlight as a field correspondent during the offseason, should a major storm head toward his hometown of Millville, N.J. Cantore even went on to say that he sees Trout chasing tornadoes one day and hopes to be able to work alongside him. (Mike Bertha / 2015)

  • In 2014, Trout won the Hank Aaron Award, given annually to the most outstanding offensive performer in each league.

  • In 2014, Mike was the Players Choice Awards pick for AL Outstanding Player of the Year.

  • In 2014, Trout got the big one—the MVP of the American League Award. The 23-year-old became the fourth youngest MVP in baseball history and the youngest since 23-year-old Cal Ripken of the Baltimore in 1983.

  • 2015: Trout won his second straight All-Star Game MVP. And no, that back-to-back feat has never been done before. Mays ('63 and '68), Steve Garvey ('74 and '78), Gary Carter ('81 and '84) and Cal Ripken Jr. ('91 and 2001) are the only other players to win two such honors in their entire careers.

    After homering off of Zack Greinke to start the game (who hasn't allowed a run to score in his last 35 2/3 innings), Trout has cycled, in order, during his his first at-bats from his four All-Star Games. That's right, he has singled, doubled, tripled, and homered—in that order.

  • Mike was named the Angels' MVP for 2015.  Trout was named Angels team MVP for the fourth consecutive season.

  • Trout's trainer: To be Mike Trout's trainer, you have to be a little resourceful. Sometimes the tallest box isn't quite tall enough, so you have to rest it on a 12-inch platform. Or that giant tire just isn't heavy enough, so you have to throw 310 pounds worth of dumbbells inside of it.

    "You have to take the exercises you take with a normal person and make it that much more, because he's that gifted," said Dan Richter, owner of PDR personal-training services. "He keeps making me think outside the box."

    Richter is a longtime athletic trainer at Millville High School in South Jersey, where Trout is immortalized. Shortly after Trout went pro, Richter was hired to train him personally during the winter, entrusted with sculpting the body of a man—of a kid—who could one day go down as one of the greatest ever. (Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com/Jan. 2016)

    Trout is the only professional athlete Richter trains.

    "It's kind of a letdown after he leaves, because you have to go back to the normal athletes," Richter said, laughing. "He's special. I have to tone it down with some of my other people, because it's not Trout."

  • Trout's parents had three children and insist they never pushed them into sports unless they were interested. “Our rule was that if we had to force them to get into the jersey, they didn’t have to play,” Debbie said. But their youngest, Mike, wouldn’t take off his jersey. He took to baseball, football, basketball, and soccer. During double-headers in his Millville Babe Ruth league, Trout often asked his parents to pack his rod so he could fish between games.

    “There is a mindset now in which parents try to specialize their kids,” Jeff said. “They think, ‘you’re gonna play baseball all year long, and you’re gonna be a big leaguer.’ Well, it don’t work that way. In our view, we encourage them to play all the sports. You develop different skills, different body parts, different parts of your brain.”

    “I mean at some point you do have to make a choice,” Debbie said. “I think as kids are growing and developing we’ve always just said: ‘Do what you want.’” We weren’t going to make him play year round baseball. We just weren’t.”

    “There’s a thought process that you do this to your kids. And you wonder why these kids are having Tommy John surgery at age 21, 22 when they’re throwing 10 months per year,” Jeff said.   (Lindsey Adler - BuzzFeed - April 4, 2016) 

  • In conversation, Trout is polite and unreluctant to converse, but true to his father’s word, he gives simple, straightforward answers. Trout differs from other athletes of his caliber who learn quickly to give media-friendly interviews.

    It might stand that the only way to understand the best player in the game is by hearing from the people who know him best: Those who raised him.

    The Trouts also acknowledge their son’s reputation for being a bit, well, bland off the field. A recent story in ESPN The Magazine mentioned Trout as contrast to the Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper, another young outfielder: “Mike Trout is Harper’s equal as a player, but he’s as publicly charismatic as a plate of sand.”

    “Some people say, “Oh he’s so boring,” but he’s not,” Debbie Trout says. “He has a personality around family.”

    “Some people say he shouldn’t be the face of baseball because he’s not controversial enough,” Jeff said. “They say he’s not showy enough. Maybe they’re right. That’s their opinion and their right and maybe that’s true. But in my view, that’s just not who he is.”

    “If he has to be showy and all that to be the face of baseball, so be it,” Debbie said, but, “That’s just not Mike. He just doesn’t like that.”  (Lindsey Adler/BuzzFeed/April 4, 2016)

  • 2016: The Best Player In Baseball Is Finally Moving Out Of His Parents House. The best player in baseball, Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels center fielder, is heading into his sixth MLB season this year—and is only now moving out of his parents house. Trout, entering his sixth MLB season, will take it to his own new home on 300 acres of woods and farm—just minutes away from his parents’ place. 

    Why would a baseball superstar with the means to live anywhere in the world choose to live with his folks?

    “It was just time,” said the characteristically reticent outfielder. “I figured it was time to get out of the house.”

    “It’s just where he wants to be,” Jeff Trout said. “He’s a family guy. He loves his [three-legged] dog. He’s close with his mother. He has a great group of friends here he’s had since he was a little kid. He’s very tight with his brother and sister and he loves his niece and nephew. He grew up fishing and hunting and clamming these woods and these waters.” (Lindsey Adler - BuzzFeed - April 4, 2016)

  • April 13, 2016: Trout honored Kobe Bryant with special, custom-made cleats and batting gloves to commemorate the Los Angeles Lakers great prior to the final game of his NBA career.

    Trout's usual custom-made Nikes were painted black and gold, while his standard batting gloves were black, purple and gold with Bryant's emblem on the index finger and his two jersey numbers, 8 and 24, stitched below the palm. Trout couldn't wear the shoes during the A's game because they were not the Angels' official colors, but he was able to keep the batting gloves on. (Alden Gonzalez - MLB.com) 

  • May 28, 2016: Trout continued his quick rise through the historical ranks, launching his 150th career home run in the first inning of a 4-2 loss to the Astros.

    "I was just looking for a fastball, something I could hit. I got that pitch I could get," Trout said.

    Trout became one of eight players all-time to record 150 career home runs and 500 career runs scored before his age-25 season, joining Mel Ott, Mickey Mantle, Alex Rodriguez, Jimmie Foxx, Ken Griffey Jr., Frank Robinson and Albert Pujols. Trout is one of just 10 players all-time to record 500 career runs scored before his age-25 season.

    "It's pretty cool," Trout said of the accomplishment. "Obviously, I'm not trying to hit homers. Just putting good swings on the ball and see what happens." (F Ardaya - MLB.com - May 29, 2016)

  • July 2, 2016: Mike Trout took to the skies to propose to his girlfriend, because he does everything right. 

    What do you do for a proposal when you're one of the game's most gifted stars? You can't do the ballpark proposal -- that sort of thing is reserved for fans ... mostly.

    As was revealed on social media, Angels star Mike Trout recently proposed to his girlfriend, Jess, using a method that is totally appropriate considering his penchant for high-flying on-field heroism: He made his query using skywriting, and it was adorable. A sky-high proposal was really a perfect decision for Trout. After all, aviation seems to be one of his other main passions in life, besides baseball and the weather.  And... she said YES!!! (A Garro - MLB.com - July 3, 2016)

  • August 31, 2016: Mike was uninjured in a traffic accident on the 55 Freeway in Tustin, Calif.  A major accident requiring a firefighter rescue for a woman trapped in her car occurred around 9:00 p.m. on the freeway, according to CBSLA.com. Trout's vehicle and two other cars collided while trying to avoid the initial crash, the California Highway Patrol told the website, which reported that Trout was not charged in the crash.  

    "Mike Trout was involved in a car accident earlier tonight," general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement released by the Angels. "I have spoken with Mike this evening and he feels fine. He is at home with his roommate and is planning on traveling with the club to Seattle tomorrow afternoon."

  • In 2016, Trout was named Baseball America’s 2016 Major League Player of the Year for the third time in five years.

    Trout, who turned 25 in August, put up big numbers in 2016, starting with his 9.4 WAR, a full point above Chicago Cubs’ third baseman Kris Bryant (8.4), who finished second. Mike hit.315/.441/.550 with 29 home runs, 100 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 2016. He’s been an All-Star every year since 2012 and named All-Star MVP twice.

    Mike is the first player to lead his league in WAR for five consecutive seasons since Babe Ruth. He generated more career WAR prior to his age-25 season (48.5) than any player in history. He surpassed Ty Cobb (46.7) and Mickey Mantle (40.9) this season.

  • In 2016, Trout won the American League MVP. The 25-year-old superstar claimed his second MVP honor.

  • March 10, 2017: Mike Trout crossed another rare athletic feat off his growing list of lifetime accomplishments, and no one at Angels camp seemed surprised. The reigning American League MVP was proud to report that he achieved the first hole-in-one of his life, when he aced the par-3 second hole at Raven Golf Club in Phoenix, putting the ball in the cup from 127 yards away with a 56-degree wedge.

    Naturally, the first question posed to Angels manager Mike Scioscia in reaction to this occurrence: What can't' this guy do? Consensus seemed to agree a hole-in-one was bound to happen sooner or later for Trout, who says he has a 6 handicap.

    "I don't know, man," Scioscia said. "He's dunked a basketball, got a hole-in-one, he can probably run a pretty good stop-and-go as a wideout or a tight end, but we're happy he's playing center field for us."

    Typical hole-in-one etiquette says that the player who puts the "1" on the scorecard has to buy drinks for everyone in the clubhouse.

    "We missed the round of drinks, but he's going to buy a couple of lunches for us," Scioscia said, adding that Trout would provide In-N-Out Burger and Dominican food. Scioscia was then asked if he's ever had a hole-in-one, and he shook his head and laughed.

    "I don't even think in miniature golf I have a hole-in-one," Scioscia said. "I rattle around that windmill." (D Miller - MLB.com - March 11, 2017)

  • Trout enters the 2017 season still looking to improve. Even as a face of MLB, he isn't concerned with building his brand or increasing his celebrity. His focus is trained intensely on the field, where he hopes to lead the Angels back to the postseason for just the second time in his career.

    "I want to be the best ever. That's my mentality," Trout said. "People ask me how do I get my brand up. I just go out there and play. You know, I'm really simple. I go out there and just let my game talk.  Once the national anthem goes on, and I go out there and stretch, it's all the mentality of winning baseball games."  (Thornburg - mlb.com - 3/31/17)

  • Angels manager Mike Scioscia is fairly certain that one of his current players will end up in the Baseball Hall of Fame, when it's all said and done, fitting into that same once-in-a-generation mold.

    "When you talk to guys who were around Ken Griffey, Junior, they say, 'This guy was the Trout of his time,'" Scioscia said. When you see it every day, and you see what Mike does, every little thing ... he never misses a step."  

    Trout's 2016 campaign earned him the Esurance MLB Award as Best Major Leaguer, an honor that came as no surprise to his manager.

    "Whether it's what he's doing on the basepaths, or in center field, in the batter's box that's obvious, what he does on the bench to prepare for a game, how he works," Scioscia said. "He's a once-in-a-generation player for a reason."   

    Trout's 2016 was distinctive for several reasons. The center fielder became just the second player in MLB history to hit .315, walk 115 times, score 120 runs and steal 30 bases, joining Ty Cobb in 1915.  Additionally, Trout led the AL in runs and walks for the second time in his career (also in 2013), becoming the first player to accomplish the feat multiple times since Ted Williams.

    "There's a lot of great players out there, a lot of young stars that are coming up," Trout said. "And you've got guys over there like Kris Bryant and [Bryce] Harper. To be named at the top, it's pretty special. And coming from the fans it means a lot too." (Footer - mlb.com - 4/26/17)

  • May 15, 2017: Trout became the youngest player in MLB history to record 150 home runs and 150 stolen bases.

  • Oct, 2017: Mike Trout has never kept his Philadelphia Eagles fandom a secret. He grew up in Millville, N.J, which is less than an hour drive from Philadelphia, and routinely attends Eagles games in the MLB offseason. It was little surprise, then, when he showed up for the game between the Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals, and even less of a surprise that he quickly declared his rooting interests. 

    When wide receiver Torrey Smith caught the third Eagles touchdown of the first quarter, he and his teammates made sure that Trout knew they were also fans of his. Smith did his best impression of the two-time AL MVP: The only thing that remains to be seen? Whether Trout can also hit an imaginary ball with a football. Who are we kidding? He probably can. (E Chesterton - MLB.com - Oct 14, 2017)

  • Dec. 9, 2017: Trout married Jessica Cox.

    TRANSACTIONS

  • June 2009: The Angels drafted Mike in the first round, out of Millville High School in New Jersey.

  • March 2, 2013: Trout had his contract renewed by the Angels for $510,000, prompting an angry response from the outfielder's agent. Craig Landis said his client was disappointed with the decision announced Saturday. The salary is $20,000 above the Major League minimum.

    "During the process, on behalf of Mike, I asked only that the Angels compensate Mike fairly for his historic 2012 season, given his service time," Landis said in a statement. "In my opinion, this contract falls well short of a 'fair' contract and I have voiced this to the Angels throughout the process. Nonetheless, the renewal of Mike's contract will put an end (to) this discussion."

  • February 26, 2014: Trout and the Angels agreed on a $1 milion contract for the 2014 season, a prelude to a much bigger deal in the near future. It was the largest pre-arbitration contract for a player, surpassing a record shared by Ryan Howard, who got $900,000 from the Phillies in 2007, and Albert Pujols, who got the same amount from the Cardinals in 2003.

    March 29, 2014: Trout and the Angels formalized his six-year, $144 million deal, committing himself to the Angels through 2020. He became the first player with less than three years of service time to sign a deal for more than $20 million a year.

Batting
  • Trout is a rare talent with five above average tools. He can be a difference maker in every phase of the game: with his hitting ability, hitting for power, running and fielding and possibly even his arm (his weakest tool).

    He has a quiet approach at the plate and has improved his ability to hit breaking pitches. He has a short righthanded swing and stays inside the ball well. He is strong and broad-shouldered, like a football safety.

  • Mike exhibits sound strike-zone judgment, exhibiting a very impressive eye at the plate. He is able to make adjustments. He has a good understanding of staying inside the baseball, using the other side of the field.

    Trout is not afraid to hit with two strikes. He remembers how hitters attack him and makes adjustments on the fly. He really works deep counts well, sees a lot of pitches and always has a high on-base percentage.

  • He uses the whole field and has line-drive power to the gaps. And he is fast. The defense plays back because he hits the ball so hard, so he bunts on you. And if you play in, he's going to hit the ball by you.

  • Mike has the ability to adapt his hitting approach to wherever he's placed in a lineup. His strong baseball IQ and full-throttle approach allow him to get the absolute most out of his tools, four of which grade as future plusses or better. He combines a rare blend of bat control, strike-zone management, blazing speed and burgeoning power.

  • A hitter gets only three strikes. They are especially precious because the task of getting a hit becomes progressively harder with each strike. This year, Major League batters have hit .338 with no strikes. Give them one strike and the average dips only slightly, to .327. But give them a second strike and their average plummets to .178.

    When Trout became a minor leaguer, he decided to give away one of those precious strikes. Nearly every time up, he would not swing until he had a strike. He essentially forfeited the biggest advantage available to hitters—to clobber pitches with the freedom of no strikes—and intentionally made the art of hitting even more difficult . . . at age 17.

    "I feel like if I go up there first-pitch hitting and roll over on it, that's a wasted at bat," he says. "If I see seven or eight pitches and then I roll over, it's still a good at bat. I just want to see pitches."

    The average major league hitter puts the first pitch into play 11% of the time. This year Trout has done so 5% of the time. If he does swing at the first pitch, it most often is in his third at bat against a starting pitcher. "You have to switch it up once in a while," he says.  (Tom Verducci-Sports Illustrated-8/27/12)

  • Teammate Torii Hunter loves the way Trout regularly makes such pure contact that the ball will leave his bat on a line with no spin, causing it to knuckle

    "It's hard to hit balls perfectly square," Hunter says. "He's doing it almost every other swing in batting practice."

    But there is one skill that really sets Trout apart: his freakish ability to recognize pitches. As much as hitters work on strength-training and the mechanics of hitting, it is a hitter's processing and computational skills that define greatness. Trout may be the best in the Major Leagues since Barry Bonds at identifying pitches—spin, velocity and where it will cross the plate-as quickly as possible after it leaves a pitcher's fingertips.

    Says Angels assistant G.M. Scott Servais, "He's as good as I've ever seen at knowing where the outside corner is. That's 90 percent of our game: the four or five inches on the plate or off the plate. You may see guys in a two- or three-week period when they're in the zone. But you don't see it with a guy all the time. Except for him."

  • Mike gets to the park an hour early and goes through the same routine: He puts extra emphasis on high flips—where most pitches still work him, and where he tries to get on top of the ball—and on flips at his front hip. He says he used to "chicken wing" inside pitches into weak popups. In 2012, he has been able to extend his arms and turn on those pitches, a source of his unxpected power surge, which has led to more home runs.

  • On August 23, 2012, Trout (21 years, 16 days) became the youngest player since at least 1901 to record 40 steals and 20 homers in a season.

  • In 2012, Mike became the first player in Major League history to combine at least 45 steals with 30 homers and 125 runs in one season.

    He's the youngest ever to notch a 30-30 season, and the first rookie to match 30 homers with 40 steals. Mike is the only player in MLB history to have a 30-30 season at age 20 or younger. He had 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases in 2013.

    And his 10.7 wins above replacement (WAR) was the highest for a position player since Bonds posted 11.6 WARs for the Giants in 2001 and 2002.

  • April 12, 2013: It was only a matter of time, Angels manager Mike Scioscia often said, before Trout's impact bat would move closer to the middle of the order so he can have more opportunities to drive in runs. That time, apparently, is eight games into the 2013 season.

  • In May 2013: Trout became the youngest person in MLB history to hit for the cycle.

  • On his 22nd birthday, Trout had 352 hits and 143 walks in his career. Trout is just the sixth player since 1900 with 350 hits and 140 walks before turning 22. Mel Ott, Al Kaline, Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, and Ken Griffey Jr. round out the list.

    Trout also joins Kaline and Mantle as the third player with 65 doubles, 15 triples, and 50 home runs before turning 22. Trout has 65 doubles, 16 triples and 54 home runs. And Trout's 77 career stolen bases make him the third AL player since 1900 to steal 75 bases before turning 22. Rickey Henderson and Ty Cobb were the others.

    The Angels' phenom is also the 12th player since 1900—joining Ott, Griffey Jr., Kaline, Mantle, Foxx, Cobb, Cesar Cedeno, Tony Conigliaro, Eddie Mathews, Ted Williams, and Alex Rodriguez—with at least 134 extra-base hits before turning 22.

  • Mike has a phrase he'll often repeat to himself when he's at the plate, a three-word sentence that's ever-crucial to the game's best all-around player. "Don't get big."

    It's a reminder, and it means to stay short with his swing and not expand his strike zone. He will catch himself "getting big" from time to time, so Trout will step out, collect himself, and at some point before he digs back into the box—either while he's adjusting his batting gloves or taking a dry swing or exhaling deeply—he'll think of that phrase and, more often than not, get back to normal on the very next pitch.

    Thing is, it isn't supposed to be that easy.  Adjustments like that aren't typically applied that quickly.

    The most prevalent example of that came in June 2014, amid the tension and the pressure and the noise of a crucial spot in front of an anxious fan base, when Trout took a pitch deep for a game-tying, eighth-inning grand slam. Trout admittedly came to the plate searching for a home run, then fouled off a couple of mid-90s fastball, repeated that magic phrase, stayed up the middle with his swing, and smashed a line drive out to left-center field.

    "You get big in situations, and you lose your mechanics in the swing," Trout said then. "I just had to remind myself to stay short."

    It's rare enough to make adjustments within at-bats; it's a whole different thing to do them within such pressure-packed circumstances—at just 22 years old.

    "Those are separator things, really," said Angels interim hitting coach Dave Hansen. "We talk about it all the time, to be able to quiet stuff down. When [hitters] are going good, they do. But to do it in an at-bat, I mean, that's beautiful stuff. I don't think you can teach that. He's got most of the stuff you can't teach.

    "He may struggle a little bit from time to time, but not mentally," said Hansen, who pointed out that it's especially important for Trout not to expand his strike zone because his swing is so short.

    Trout's best trait may be his plate presence, which includes his strike-zone awareness and his comfort with hitting in two-strike counts. Through it all, he shot himself the same reminder: "Don't get big."

    "Remarkable," Hansen said. "I'm impressed with his discipline around the plate."

    What sticks out most about Trout for Hansen is "the consistency with which he does it.  I mean, it's every day," he said. "[Opponents] really only get to see it in short spurts, three-day segments. But it's amazing all the time. It's so consistent. I think that's what stands out, more than his skill, is the consistency with how he repeats it." (Gonzalez - mlb.com - 6/16/14)

  • "If you're up there thinking, you're going to get out, 100 percent of the time," Trout said when told of Yogi Berra's famous remark that a player can't hit and think at the same time. "Once the game comes, I'm not trying to think up there; that's when you get in trouble.

    "I'm not a big film, video guy. I just go out and play. I don't think about what's going to come. I like to see what the pitcher's got, what his slider's doing, that kind of thing. But that's about it. Sometimes when you're in a skid, you go look at film and see what you were doing when you were going good. Then maybe you make little adjustments."

    When he fell into a rare slump earlier in the season, Trout saw on video what he'd felt at the plate, that he was swinging too hard, trying too hard to drive the ball. He settled back into his normal style, not forcing things, and the balls started flying off his bat again.

    "I just go out and play," he said when asked about the streak. "I don't worry about the past. It's a new day. Just stay positive, have confidence in your ability and routine. Stick to it." (Spencer - mlb.com - 6/20/14)

  • August 27, 2014: Trout blasted his 30th home run of the season, tying his career high from 2012 and placing him in select company. The 23-year-old center fielder became just the fifth American League hitter to have two 30-home run seasons through their age-22 seasons, joining Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Jose Canseco and Alex Rodriguez.

  • September 5, 2014: Trout became the youngest player in Angels history to drive in 100 RBIs in a season. But he's closing in on another, more-exclusive club: The 100-RBI mark from the No. 2 spot of the lineup.

    Dating back to 1914, only eight players have driven in 100 runs from the No. 2 spot: Eddie Mathews, Jay Bell, Aaron Hill, Edgardo Alfonzo, Dwight Evans, Ryne Sandberg, Robin Yount and Alex Rodriguez (twice).

    The reason for the rarity is two-fold: Guys who drive in triple-digit runs typically hit in the middle of the order, and a player's opportunities to drive in runs are limited while batting second.

    How many more RBIs would Trout have if he batted third? More, definitely, but maybe not by much.

    As Angels manager Mike Scioscia said: "If we had another Mike to put in front of Mike, you'd see a guy with 130 RBIs right now."

    The Angels, of course, don't have another Trout. So it's not as if Trout would pick up Pujols' RBI opportunities, because Pujols' RBI opportunities are largely a product of Trout getting in scoring position so frequently. And part of the reason Scioscia has yet to move Trout to the No. 3 spot is because the skipper would struggle to find two consistent on-base threats to bat in front of Trout.

    Scioscia feels like the No. 2 spot is his best compromise for Trout's abilities.

    "Just the fact of moving him from first to second—I know it doesn't sound like a lot, but it creates a lot more opportunities to hit with men on base," said Scioscia, who moved Trout out of the leadoff spot in April 2013. "There's no doubt this guy's a multidimensional player. He's not just a table-setter. I think eventually when he settles into the middle of the lineup and he has on-base [ability] in front of him, he'll have the potential to knock in 120 runs." (Alden Gonzalez - MLB.com - 9/6/2014)

  • In 2014, Mike scored his 100th run to become the sixth player in baseball history (joining Mel Ott, Buddy Lewis, Ted Williams, Vada Pinson and Alex Rodriguez) to notch triple-digit runs three times before his age-23 season. (9/10/14)

  • April 13, 2015: Trout became one of five players since 1914 to score at least 375 runs and hit at least 95 homers in his first 500 games, joining Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Chuck Klein, and Albert Pujols.

  • April 17, 2015: Trout continues to amaze. And it isn't even about what he did in the game that saw him carry the Angels to a 6-3 win and become the youngest player ever to record 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases.

    It's that he keeps evolving.

    Both of Trout's homers in the series opener against the Astros—a two-run shot in the sixth, a three-run shot in the eighth—came with two strikes. He is now 8-for-20 on two-strike counts this year, an encouraging sign for a player who strives to cut down his strikeout total in 2015.

    It's all about his mindset.

    "When I get aggressive early in the count," Trout said, "it gets me ready for later pitches in the at-bat, as opposed to just letting one go by." (A Gonzalez - MLB.com - April 18, 2015)

  • June 25, 2015: Albert Pujols was the first to spring off his perch on the Angels' dugout steps, just ahead of Trout, who was just ahead of the rest of his teammates. It was in the 13th inning of their series finale against the Astros, and the Angels thought they'd won. With the winning run on third base, Houston reliever Chad Qualls had clearly balked, his front knee breaking during his stretch.

    All the Angels saw it, but Pujols and Trout reacted a split-second before everyone else, jumping up and pointing at Qualls. Maybe that's random. Or maybe two of the game's elite hitters, defining players of consecutive generations, notice some things just a little bit quicker.

    "Albert is fixated on pitchers and watches the game probably more closely than anybody I've seen as far as a player," manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think that influence is important for Mike, because he's understanding the importance of details, looking at little things—whether it's the pitcher's delivery, noticing a balk, whatever. So no, it doesn't surprise me."

    Does that rub off on Trout? Well, Trout's explanation of how closely he watches pitchers is strikingly similar to that of Pujols. "We're not just looking for balks. We're looking at different things, what he's trying to do to hitters," Trout said. "We're always involved in the game, so when you see a little movement like that—we thought it was a balk."

    So when Pujols and Trout are standing together at the Angels' dugout entrance, they're not only watching intently, ready to react; they're often in discussion.

    "Yeah, for sure, we talk about our at-bats, what the pitcher's trying to do in that game," Trout said. "What pitches he's got, what he throws the most of, what the pitch is doing. Other than that, nothing too crazy.

    "[Pujols] has a pretty good idea of what the pitcher's trying to do to him in his at-bats. I just ask him a lot of questions, and he usually gives me the right answers. I don't try to think about it too much, but every little piece of information helps." (D Adler - MLB.com - June 27, 2015)

  • July 26, 2015: Trout became the quickest player to hit 30 HRs in Angels history.

  • September 5, 2015: Trout  joined Willie Mays as the only players with four straight seasons of at least 25 homers, five triples, and 10 stolen bases.

  • September 22, 2015: Trout reached 40 home runs for the first time in a season. He became one of six American League outfielders to hit 40 home runs before their age-24 season, joining Juan Gonzalez, Ken Griffey Jr., Jose Canseco, Reggie Jackson, and Joe DiMaggio. Trout now has 138 career home runs, the most ever by a center fielder through his age-23 season.

  • 2016 Spring Training:  Trout is the first professional baseball player to have his own signature smart bat, which he is debuting during Spring Training in Tempe, Arizona.The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim center fielder has partnered with San Jose-based Zepp Labs, who has developed this multi-sport sensor that is placed inside the bottom of the bat.

    Zepp and Trout have also teamed with Tennessee-based Old Hickory Bat Company, manufacturer and supplier of maple, ash and birch bats to players of all ages and play level, for the Mike Trout Old Hickory Smart Bat.

    “It felt good on the field. It doesn’t feel any different than any other bat, which is really important,” Trout said during a media preview Sunday in Tempe. “This is a big help. It gives you exact data. It’s pretty cool how you can put a sensor inside the handle and not even feel it.”

    The sensor will also be used for softball, tennis and golf to help athletes and coaches with performance data to help improve their game. As Trout swings his smart bat, the sensor gives detailed analytics on his swing with 1,000 data points. Five simple metrics give the player and coach instant information to make slight adjustments. The data can be seen on an app, including impact bat speed, hand speed max, time to impact, bat vertical angle and attack angle/the direction the bat goes to the ball.

    Zepp captured over 80 million swings from a who’s who of professional baseball players to include in the information. Youth players can “inspire to play like their heroes,” said John Hauer, senior manager of product marketing for Zepp.

    “This is real data that is unbiased,” Hauer said. “This levels the playing field.” (Hayley Ringle - Phoenix Business Journal - March 2016)

  • August 6, 2016: Trout's home run made him one of five American League players to hit 20 or more home runs in five seasons before their age-25 season. The others are Mickey Mantle, Tony Conigliaro, Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr.

  • With his 20th home run in 2017, Mike joined an elite club.  Trout, who launched a two-run shot off Jake Thompson to help power the Halos' seven-run third, became only the fourth American League player to hit at least 20 home runs six times before his age-26 season, joining Alex Rodriguez, Tony Conigliaro and Mickey Mantle.

    Trout has now homered off 25 of 30 Major League teams and secured his sixth consecutive season with at least 20 homers, tying Tim Salmon for the longest streak in Angels history. (Guardado - mlb.com - 8/2/17)

  • August 7, 2017:  Mike celebrated his 26th birthday by logging his 1,000th career hit and homering in the Angels' 6-2 loss to the Orioles at Angel Stadium.  Trout lined a leadoff double off Baltimore right-hander Dylan Bundy in the fourth inning to collect his milestone hit, prompting the 34,142 fans in attendance to give him a standing ovation. He became the 2nd youngest active player to reach 1,000 career hits.

  • Aug 19, 2017: Mike Trout joined a prestigious club at Camden Yards, all while keeping the Angels in the heart of the American League Wild Card chase. Trout hit two more homers, and the Angels hit four overall, en route to a 5-1 victory over the Orioles. His first homer, which came in the first inning, was his 25th of the season and made him the third player in Major League history to hit 25 homers in a season six times before his age-26 season.

  • The other two? Hall of Famers Eddie Mathews and Frank Robinson.

    "To be grouped up with [those] guys, it's an unbelievable feeling," Trout said. "It's pretty cool." (J Seidel - MLB.com - Aug 20, 2017)

  • September 6, 2017:  Mike set a franchise record by walking in his 14th consecutive game in the Angels' 3-1 loss against the A's at the Coliseum.  Trout drew a free pass off left-hander Sean Manaea in the first inning to snap a tie with Albie Pearson, who set the previous record in 1961. 

  • September 29, 2017:  Mike Trout reached an impressive milestone, launching his 200th career home run in the first inning of the Angels' 6-5 win over the Mariners at Angel Stadium.  With the blast, Trout joined Alex Rodriguez, Jimmie Foxx, and Mickey Mantle as the only American League players to reach the 200-home run mark before their age-26 seasons.
  • As of the start of the 2018 season, Trout had a .306 career batting average with 201 home runs and 569 RBI in 3,399 at-bats in the Majors.

Fielding
  • Mike has very good range and instincts in center field. He gets a very good jump on the ball off the bat, covering both gaps.

    He has a pretty good arm there, but it is his worst tool, though certainly not a liability. He has such accuracy on his throws it makes up for his fringe-average arm.

  • Trout is a grinder in all aspects of the game.
  • Mike could have a Gold Glove in his future.
  • During the 2012 season, Trout seemed to make a highlight video at least once a week.

    "It was the ball you thought was going to drop in that Trout was there to catch. It was bringing back homers. It had to happen four or five times during the year. They weren’t just simple, ‘Jump up on the yellow stripe.’ It was two feet over the wall where it looked like his arm was going to disconnect from his body and then bringing the ball back," Angels G.M. Jerry Dipoto said.

  • The one aspect Trout's game that has ever prompted even the slightest bit of criticism, and kept observers from calling him a true five-tool player, is the strength of his throwing arm. Don't think he hasn't noticed.

    "He's got a little chip on his shoulder that he's trying to prove people wrong," said Angels bench coach Dino Ebel, who works with the outfielders. "That's the good thing about him. Like Albert [Pujols]. If you say he can't do something, he's going to prove you wrong. That's what Trout's mindset is: 'I'm going to show everybody that I do have this arm strength, and I'm going to go out and do it.' And he has."

    In the Spring Training that preceded Trout's historic rookie season, the 22-year-old was limited greatly by tendinitis in his right shoulder. And when he was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake in March, he vowed to Ebel that he would improve his throwing.

    Ebel believes Trout has "an average to above-average arm right now."

    "He was on that fringe of average," Ebel said. "Now, he's past that. He's average to above-average—when everything is right, his footwork."

    Arm strength is probably the toughest aspect to improve because, as strength and conditioning specialist T.J. Harrington noted, the three muscles that account for how hard you throw (the teres major, teres minor, and infraspinatus) are small and almost impossible to strengthen.

    "Just look at bodybuilders," Harrington said. "You can bulk up and look great. It doesn't mean that you have functionality to do anything. You just look good. We'd rather have the joint strong, then put muscle on top of it. Now you can do whatever you want. But if you're bulking up on top of the muscle, you still don't have shoulder stability. You need that stability."

    Resistance-band exercises, which Harrington has his position players do twice a week, helps strengthen those muscles, but there's no one exercise that can make you throw harder. The best way to improve arm strength, Harrington said, is through better mechanics and muscle memory, a byproduct of long-tossing.

    Trout entered the organization as a 17-year-old with raw throwing mechanics, and because he played in the Northeast, where harsh winters prevent players from throwing year-round.

    "He's improving on it every day, he's working at it, and that's something he's taken pride in from Day 1," Ebel added. "He's doing the weight program, the shoulder exercises, we're throwing to bases more now, he's throwing more long-toss." (April 6, 2014 Alden Gonzalez  MLB.Com.)

  • Trout, having learned the hard way, no longer is playing with reckless abandon, crashing into walls. Defensively, Trout's routes and arm strength have been questioned. Working diligently, he has upgraded his defense significantly. (June 2014)

  • Mike has been knocked for his arm in the past, but the Angels superstar delivered an incredible 250-foot throw to nail Robinson Chirinos at the plate and prevent the go-ahead run from scoring in the ninth inning of the Halos' game against the Rangers at Angel Stadium.

    With the score tied at 4, a pair of runners on and two outs, Shin-Soo Choo shot a single to center field, prompting Chirinos to attempt to score from second. Trout fired a no-hop throw to catcher Martin Maldonado, who tagged Chirinos for the final out of the inning.

    "That throw was incredible," left fielder Cameron Maybin said.  The Angels ultimately fell, 7-5, after the Rangers rallied for three runs in the 10th, but Trout's impressive play still drew plenty of praise from his teammates.

    "It's one of my best throws, for sure," Trout said. "Obviously, it was a big play in the game. I saw him going around the bases, and I knew I had a shot. Just put it right on the money."  (Guardado - mlb.com - 8/23/17)

Running
  • Mike has been clocked in 6.5 seconds in the 60-yard-dash. And he gets from home plate to first base in 3.9 seconds on a routine grounder to shortstop—superb speed from the right side. That means he legs out a lot of infield hits. And he can beat out a bunt in 3.65 to 3.7 seconds.

    Scouts rate him at least a 70, and normally an 80, for his speed in the 20-80 scouting scale.

  • In 2012, Trout became the youngest player to steal 40 bases since a kid named Ty Cobb swiped 53 for the 1907 Tigers. He fell one steal short of joining Barry Bonds and Eric Davis as the third player in history to pull off a 30-50.

    He wound up with 30 homers and 49 steals. At one point, Trout bagged 30 steals in a row without being caught.

  • June 17, 2013: When the 21-year-old scored his  249th run of his career, he became the fastest player to score 200 runs since Ted Williams (225 games) and Barney McCosky (236 games) reached the mark in 1940.

    On August 7, 2013, his 22nd birthday, Trout's 77 career stolen bases made him the third AL player since 1900 to steal 75 bases before turning 22. Rickey Henderson and Ty Cobb were the others.

  • On the bases, Trout dives head-first more often than purists would like but appears to have figured out how to reduce injury risk, starting his dive at the correct distance from the bag and keeping his hands out of harm's way.

  • April 21, 2015: If you're in Miami, Cincinnati, or the greater Los Angeles area, the fastest man in baseball is likely playing in a stadium near you.

    Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton, Miami second baseman Dee Gordon, and Angels center fielder Mike Trout are widely considered three of the main contenders for this unofficial crown, and with the advent of Statcast technology, it's easier than ever to determine who is the fleetest of foot.

    Recent stolen bases by the three players were dissected by Statcast and analyzed by MLB Network's Bill Ripken, and the findings were eye-opening. During a recent steal against the Braves, Gordon took a lead of 11.2 feet and hit a top speed of 21.1 mph on the way to second base. That's fast, but it's not Hamilton fast.

    Hamilton stole a base against the Cubs this season and hit 21.2 mph, which explains how he was able to get away with a huge lead of 11.9 feet.

    Trout's no slouch, of course. He had the shortest lead—10.5 feet—in the clip of a steal against Oakland, and he still managed to get to a top speed of 20.8 mph. (D Miller - MLB.com - April 21, 2015)

  • In 2016, Angels coach Dino Abel kept every player’s times down the line. Abel reported that going through all his files, he had some 3.7-3.8 times to first when Trout was lunging forward and getting a running start. Otherwise, the fastest was 3.9, the slowest, 4.0, over two seasons of data. All 240 pounds of him!
Career Injury Report
  • March 2012: Trout battled a nasty virus most of spring training, dropping 15 pounds, but gaining 10 of it back by the start of the season.

    He also was limited to DH duties for a time because of tendinitis in his right shoulder.

  • May 29, 2017: Trout has a UCL tear in his left thumb and has been placed on the DL for the first time in his career.

    May 31-July 14, 2017: Trout underwent surgery to repair the UCL tear in his left thumb and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.