Image of    Nickname:   N/A Position:   OF
Home: Millville, New Jersey Team:   ANGELS
Height: 6' 1" Bats:   R
Weight: 235 Throws:   R
DOB: 8/7/1991 Agent: Craig Landis/Seal/Ware
Birth City: Vineland, New Jersey Draft: Angels #1 - 2009 - Out of Millville H.S. (N.J.)
Uniform #: 27  
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 $1,000.00 122 477 84 137 34 6 27 89 12 2 66 140 .375 .553 .287
August 7, 2014 was Mike's 23rd birthday. To celebrate, Paul Casella and AJ Cassavell / - 8/7/2014,

 compiled a list of 23 factoids you may not have known about the Angels superstar. Happy birthday to one of the most exciting players the game has seen in a long, long time.

1. Trout has played two Major League games on his birthday, and he has homered in both of them. He hit a solo shot against the A's on Aug. 7, 2012, and a two-run shot against the Rangers last year.

2. Twenty-three picks went by before the Angels had a chance to select Trout in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft -- and even then, the Halos didn't take him right away. The Angels picked Trout at No. 25 overall, one pick after selecting fellow outfielder Randal Grichuk. The Nationals and D-backs each passed on Trout twice, meaning a total of 21 teams missed out on the Millville Meteor.

3. Trout was committed to attend East Carolina University on a baseball scholarship before ultimately electing to sign with the Halos on July 2, 2009, when he was just 17.

4. Trout is actually the second player out of Millville (N.J.) High School to reach the Majors, joining right-hander Andy Lapihuska, who made four appearances for the Phillies from 1942-43.

5. At Jim's Lunch, the 90-year-old burger joint in Millville, Trout's standard order is known to all of the restaurant's cooks: six small hamburgers, no cheese.

6. Trout is the only player to hit 30 or more home runs and steal at least 40 bases in his rookie season. He crushed 30 homers and stole a Major League-best 49 bases in 2012 -- all despite not even being called up to the Majors until April 28.

7. Trout's first big league hit came in his fourth career at-bat. He dropped down a bunt single off then-Mariners right-hander Michael Pineda on July 9, 2011.

8. During his junior year of high school, Trout hurled a no-hitter against Egg Harbor Township in a Cape Atlantic League regular-season game. Eighteen of the 21 outs came via strikeout.

9. At 21, Trout became the youngest player to steal 40 bases in a season since Ty Cobb in 1907. Trout swiped 49 bases in 2012, while Cobb stole 53 at the age of 20.

10. During the offseason following his historic rookie campaign, Trout -- pardon the pun -- scripted a fish story of his own. While on vacation in Key West, Fla., with his brother and girlfriend, Trout and Co. snagged what they claimed to be a 500-pound grouper. Apparently it was a Trouts-only boat. They couldn't get the grouper on board.

11. Not only is Trout the only player in Major League history to hit 30 home runs, steal 45 bases and score 125 runs in a single season, but he did so in his first full season in the big leagues.

12. Trout was the unanimous pick for American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2012, and he remains the youngest AL player to ever win the honor.

13. Trout was given his first callup to the Angels in 2011, when fellow outfielder Peter Bourjos went on the disabled list. He was the youngest player to be called up to the big league club since 1971, when 19-year-old Andy Hassler was added to the roster.

14. In Trout's first professional game, he reached base six times for the Halos' Arizona Rookie League team. He hit .360 and followed that up by hitting .362 for Cedar Rapids in the Class A Midwest League.

15. Trout's first career walk-off home run came on a three-run shot with his team trailing 5-3 to the Rays on May 15. He hit his second walk-off homer less than two months later with a solo shot against the Astros on July 4.

16. Trout already has 18 career hits (18-for-47, .383) against rival ace Felix Hernandez. He has no more than 10 hits against any other pitcher.

17. Trout is the only Major Leaguer with at least 10 hits off Rangers ace Yu Darvish. His four home runs off Darvish are also tied for the most by any player against the 2013 AL Cy Young Award runner-up.

18. Trout and Willie Mays are the only two players to ever turn in multiple seasons in which they posted at least a .320 average, 25 homers and 30 steals -- and Trout did so in his first two full seasons.

19. On May 21, 2013, Trout became the youngest player in AL history -- and fifth youngest overall -- to hit for the cycle. He went 4-for-5 with five RBIs against the Mariners that night, becoming the only Angels player to hit for a cycle and drive in five or more runs in the process.

20. Trout crushed a 489-foot home run at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium on June 27, marking the longest documented home run in franchise history.

21. Trout set the Halos' franchise record by scoring at least one run in 15 straight games from July 5-23, 2012.

22. Trout is one of just four players to hit at least .320 with 50-plus home runs and 200-plus runs scored over his first two big league seasons. Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and teammate Albert Pujols round out that group.

23. Trout's father, Jeff, was a fifth-round pick by the Twins in 1983, though he never reached the Majors. He played college baseball at the University of Delaware.


  • 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 all 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."

  • Mike 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 and hit over .530 each of his last two seasons. 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 $1.215 million, via scout Greg Morhardt. He had been the only player who appeared at the MLB Network's studios for its live coverage in June 2009, on draft day.

    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. A few have compared Mike to Aaron Rowand. 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 #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.

  • Trout is built like a defensive back.

    His 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.

    • One scout compared the dynamic Angels outfielder to Mickey Mantle … way back when Trout was at Class-A Cedar Rapids in 2010.

  • 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 AL MVP Award winner 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—raised by a tight-knit family and a hard-nosed, baseball-playing father—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 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

  • 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, not for Millville Senior 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


  • 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 hunting
    Movie: Happy Gilmore
    Actor: Adam Sandler
    TV Show: CSI Miami
    Music: Country
    Food: Steak
    Person in history I'd like to meet: Babe Ruth
    Players, 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 - - 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," the Yankees' captain 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 - - 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 - 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 - 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 - - 6/25/14)

  • July 14, 2014: Trout was named the 2014 All-Star Game MVP.


  • 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 Philadelphia Phillies in 2007, and Albert Pujols, who got the same amount from the St. Louis Cardinals in '03.

    March 29, 2014: Trout and the Angels formalized his six-year, $144.5 million deal, committing himself to the Angels through 2020.

    The 22-year-old outfielder says it was hard to turn down the big numbers offered by the Angels. He became the first player with less than three years of service time to sign a deal worth more than $20 million annually.


    • 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.

  • Trout has the strength to hit 25-35 homers per season.

  • 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 and the average dips 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.

  • 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 - - 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 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 - - 6/20/14)

  • As of the start of the 2014 season, Trout had a .314 career batting average with 62 home runs and 196 RBI in 1,271 at-bats in the Majors.


    • 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—he is that good out there.

    • 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 Angels' 22-year-old center fielder 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. He's showing an above-average arm now.". Trout working hard to improve arm strength. 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 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. 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.


    • March 2012: Trout battled a nasty virus most of spring training, dropping over 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.
    Last Updated 8/22/2014. All contents © 2000 by Player Profiles. All rights reserved.