Michael Nelson Trout is an American professional baseball player. He plays as center fielder Los Angeles Angels of the American League in the Major League Baseball. Trout is a 9-time All-Star, three-time American League AL MVP, and is an 8-time Silver Slugger Award winner. His list of nicknames includes “ The Millville Meteor,” “ King Fish 2.0,” and “ God’s Gift. ”
BORN: AUGUST 7, 1991
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Mike Trout’s Early Life and Background
Mike was born on August 7, 1991, in Vineland, New Jersey. He grew up in the nearby town of Millville, New Jersey. He has two older siblings. His father, Jeff Trout played baseball at the University of Delaware. Mike began his baseball journey as a shortstop in Cal Ripken Baseball which is a division of the Babe Ruth League. He wore #2 in honor of his childhood hero, New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter. He switched to #1 while in high school. Trout played ball with Tri-State Arsenal, one of the best travel programs in the Northeast.
As a junior high player, Mike threw a no-hitter against Egg Harbor Township High School. He started as a pitcher and shortstop and was shifted to the outfielder during his senior year. That year mike hit 18 home runs setting a New Jersey high school record. Trout had committed to play baseball at East Carolina University before the 2009 MLB Draft.Millville initially planned to retire Trout's jersey number but instead began awarding it to the team captain, starting in 2012. In the summer before his senior year, Trout was noticed by Angels scout Greg Morhardt while he attended Area Code Games in southern California. Greg, who had attended the games and also played in the minor leagues with Trout's father, claimed Mike was the fastest and strongest 17-year-old he had ever seen.
Who Drafted Mike Trout ?
The Angels selected Trout, using their compensation pick from the New York Yankees for their signing of Mark Teixeira, 25th overall in the 2009 MLB draft. He began his pro career out of high school in 2009 with the Arizona Angels of the rookie-level Arizona League. He finished the season in Cedar Rapids Kernels’ uniform of the Class A Midwest League. Prior to the 2010 season, Trout was considered the Angels' third-best prospect and the 85th-best in all of baseball by Baseball America. He was chosen to play in the All-Star Futures Game. After the 2010 season, at just 19-years and two months, he became the youngest player to win the Topps Minor League Player of the Year Award. Trout played with the Arkansas Travellers in 2011 before making his major league debut with the Los Angeles Angels.
Mike Trout’s MLB Journey
The Angels promoted Trout to replace the injured Peter Bourjos in center field. He hit his first MLB homer against Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mark Worrell on July 24. He then went back to Double-A Arkansas and then back to the Angels in August 2011. That night, he went 1-for-4 with a home run, his first at Angel Stadium.
Trout became the youngest Angel to hit 2 homers in one game.He won the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year that year. Trout began the 2012 season with the Salt Lake Bees of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Trout was again brought up on April 28 from the minors to replace Bobby Abreu. Trout recorded his first career four-hit game on June 4. On June 27 Trout had his third career four-hit game in the same month. In the same game against the Baltimore Orioles, he showed off his defensive skills when he robbed Orioles shortstop J. J. Hardy hit a home run as he leaped up in the center-field wall to make a spectacular catch in the bottom of the first inning. Trout became the first rookie to drive in at least 55 runs and score 80 runs in 81 games. Trout became the youngest player ever to steal at least 40 bases and hit at least 20 home runs in a season. Trout became the first player under the age of 22 to hit a leadoff home run in back-to-back games in baseball history, in September.
On May 21, 2013, Trout became the youngest player to hit for the cycle in American League history and the sixth youngest in Major League history. On March 28, 2014, the Angels announced that Trout had signed a 6-year, $144.5 million contract extension. On June 27, Trout hit the longest home run of the 2014 season which was 489 feet into the left-center field at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri. In 2014, the Angels had a spot in the playoffs and played the ALDS but lost to the Kansas City Royals where they lost to the Royals in 3 games (3-0). In April 2015, Trout became the youngest playerto reach 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases in MLB history and won the All-Star Game MVP Award for the second year in a row, which also made him the first player to achieve the feat.On November 17, Trout won the 2016 AL MVP for the second time in his career. On May 28, 2017, he left the game after spraining his left thumb and an MRI report revealed that he had a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which placed him on the DL.
Trout was activated from the disabled list on July 14 after missing 39 games. On August 7, the doubled down the third-base line for his 1,000th career hit. Trout played in a career-low 114 games due to injury but led the team in runs (92), home runs (33), stolen bases (22), walks (94), and batting average (.306).On March 20, 2019, Mike signed a 12-year, $426 million contract with the Angels, at the time, the richest contract in the history of North American sports later he went on to make his eighth straight All-Star Game. During this, he honored his late teammate and friend Tyler Skaggs by wearing #45.
On September 9, Mike underwent a cryoablation procedure to address a neuroma in his right foot. On September 15, it was announced that Trout would undergo full-fledged surgery to remove the neuroma, ending his 2019 season. Trout was also named the AL MVP for the third time in his career. With his latest win, On September 5, Trout hit his 300th career home run off of Brandon Bielak of the Houston Astros, breaking the Angels' all-time home run record held by Tim Salmon. On May 17, 2021, during a game against the Cleveland Indians, he appeared to strain his right calf while jogging the bases. He was placed on the DL and was expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks. It was revealed in an interview with Trout in August that he had torn his calf muscle. On September 25, Trout confirmed that he would be shut down for the rest of the season.
MIKE TROUT’S MLB AWARDS AND HONOURS
AWARDS / HONOURS
2014, 2016, 2019
AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
AL ALL-STAR MVP
All-MLB FIRST TEAM
AL ALL STAR
AL HANK AARON AWARD
WILSON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
AL RBI LEADER
AL STOLEN BASE LEADER
HIT FOR THE CYCLE
May 21st, 2013.
AL MVP NOMINEE
MIKE TROUT'S RECORDS
He's the only player ever with 300 HR, 200 SB, and a .300/.400/.500 slash line 10 years after his debut.
He's one of 10 players all-time to lead his league in stolen bases and to lead his league in slugging.