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Mike Trout actually gives a home run away (Video)

Mike-Trout-gives-up-home-runThis just in: Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is a human being. The 21-year-old is in only his second full season in the majors, but opposing hitters already know that they have to hit the ball way over the wall if they want to pop a home run in his direction. Trout has mastered the art of robbing home runs, but he actually gave one away earlier this week.

When St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay hit a long fly ball to center on Wednesday night, it looked for a second like Trout was going to make one of his signature phenomenal catches. Instead, the ball went off his glove and over the wall. The replay makes it hard to tell if Trout actually turned a potential wall ball into a homer, but the point is we have grown accustomed to him coming down with it.

Simply put, we’re spoiled. When you are used to seeing spectacular grabs like this, this and this, average just doesn’t cut it.

Is Mike Trout on his way to the Hall of Fame?

Mike Trout is only 21 years old and in his second big league season, but it’s not too early to start talking about the phenom’s chances of making it to Cooperstown.

SUBWAY® is celebrating “The Boys in the Hall” and asked us to evaluate Trout’s likelihood of becoming a Hall of Fame player. Based on the way Trout has started his career, the chances of the Los Angeles Angeles outfielder earning a sacred plaque in the Hall are very strong.

Trout, the No. 25 overall pick in 2009, was only 19 when he was first called up to the bigs by the Angels in 2011. He started off slowly but still managed to produce 11 extra-base hits in 123 at-bats, including five home runs. The 40 games he played in 2011 proved to be an excellent experience, because Trout was unstoppable last season.

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Mike Trout makes spectacular diving catch to rob Gaby Sanchez (Video)

Mike Trout may have moved to left field, but he has not lost his ability to make spectacular plays in the outfield.

During the top of the fifth inning of Friday’s Los Angeles Angels-Pittsburgh Pirates game, Trout robbed Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez of an extra-base hit with a sensational diving catch at the warning track.

Angels starter Jered Weaver threw Sanchez an off-speed pitch that he hit down the left-field line for a likely RBI double. But the ball had some loft, allowing Trout to chase it down. The second-year man laid out with a full-extension, perfectly-timed dive to make the inning-ending catch at the track. It truly was a thing of beauty.

You remember all that talk about Trout being overweight and losing his elite speed? Shoot, watch this play and tell me this guy has gotten slower.

One of the best parts of that video was watching the young fan in the outfield’s jaw drop wide open after seeing that catch:

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Mike Trout hits 463-foot home run, longest of his career (Video)

Mike Trout absolutely crushed a home run off Ervin Santana in the first inning of the Los Angeles Angels-Kansas City Royals game on Thursday night.

The home run came on a 93-mph 0-1 fastball from Santana, his former teammate. The pitch was low in the zone and Trout just golfed it out of the park to dead center, where it cleared the green hitters’ screen and hit off the base of the scoreboard.

The homer was originally estimated to have gone 433 feet, but that seemed conservative considering the ball cleared the green area above the fence. The Royals later said the home run traveled 463 feet, which seemed much more accurate.

Trout’s previous career longest home run was 445 feet last August, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Trout has heated up after having just an average first month of the season. He entered Thursday’s game batting .351/.437/.770 for May, with seven home runs and five stolen bases. He added a homer and stolen base in the game.

Two days after hitting for the cycle, Trout recorded the longest home run of his career. I’d say he’s getting right back to his MVP form.

If you look at the screen shot, you can see the pitch was right around Trout’s knees and he still took it deep:

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Mike Trout hits for the cycle in Angels win (Video)

Mike Trout cycleMike Trout became the sixth Angels player to hit for the cycle when he turned the trick in a 12-0 blowout win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Trout showcased his diverse talents while achieving the milestone. He beat out an infield single to the right side in the third, drilled a triple to center in the fourth, roped a 3-run double down the left field line in the sixth, and he homered to center in the eighth on a low pitch to complete the cycle.

Trout’s grounder in the third would have been an out for most batters, but he was able to get a hit on it because of his elite speed. He also stretched what would have been a double for most people into a triple. And he showed his elite hitting ability by pulling an outside fastball down the line for a double, and by driving a pitch low in the zone out to deep center. Strength, speed, power, contact — Trout has all the tools.

Trout, 21, is the youngest player in the AL to hit for the cycle. He went 4-for-5 with 5 RBIs. The last Angels player to hit for the cycle was Chone Figgins in 2006. I’m guessing Trout will be able to stick around in the bigs a wee bit longer than Figgy did.

The other good signs for the Angels were that Erick Aybar hit two doubles and Josh Hamilton hit a home run. Hamilton now has at least one hit in seven of the team’s last eight games, which is a pretty big deal considering he hit .204 in April.

Mike Trout makes awesome game-saving catch in 9th inning (Video)

Mike-Trout-diving-catchMike Trout has only been in the majors for less than two full seasons, but he has already made more amazing catches than most players will make throughout their entire careers. On Tuesday night, he was at it again as he saved the game for the Los Angeles Angels in the 9th inning against the Texas Rangers.

With the score tied 4-4 and a runner on third in the top of the 9th, Adrian Beltre ripped a line-drive down the left field line that appeared certain to get down for extra bases. Instead, Trout made an outstanding catch and preserved the tie. The Angels went on to win 5-4 in the 11th inning, and Beltre joked after the game that LA had an unfair advantage.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it,” he said, via Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s not fair to have 3 center fielders playing the outfield.”

Trout, who is one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball, was playing left field. Peter Bourjos — also a tremendous outfielder — started the game in center.  Josh Hamilton was in right. If Beltre thinks he was robbed, he should ask some of his fellow players how they felt after Trout did this to them. Or this. Or this.

Dan Haren compares Mike Trout and Bryce Harper

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Washington Nations center fielder Bryce Harper and Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout are the future of Major League Baseball. Harper is only 20 years old and Trout is just 21, but they are already two of the game’s biggest superstars after their breakout seasons in 2012.

Dan Haren, who pitched for the Angels last season and is now with the Nats, has had an opportunity to spend time with both young phenoms.

“They’re different players, definitely,” Haren told the Washington Post earlier this week. “I really enjoyed my time with Mike. We got along really well. They’re very different, and they’re very similar. They’re both – sometimes, if you look from an opposing team’s standpoint, you don’t like Bryce or you don’t like Trout. And then you get on their team and it’s the opposite. You kind of see how they are and you like them.

“They both are on the borderline of confident and arrogant, you know? But I think that’s what takes them to the next level. They think that they’re better than everybody else. That’s probably a good way to think. Skills-wise, they have different skill sets. Bryce might have more power. Trout has more speed. I don’t think they’ve even reached their potentials.”

Conveniently enough, both players appeared in 139 games last season. Trout certainly has more speed, as evidenced by his 49 stolen bases compared to Harper’s 18. It would also stand to reason that Trout has more power and is a better overall hitter. Trout hit 30 homers and drove in 83 runs to go along with a .326 batting average. He nearly won the AL MVP. Harper belted 22 homers and drove 59 runs with an average of only .270.

Based on last season alone, it’s easier to make the case that Trout is a better player. Let us also not forget the insane plays like this and this that he made in the field. However, it would be ridiculous to jump to conclusions like that after one season in the majors when neither player has even hit age 22. Harper may have the hotter girlfriend, but Trout put up better numbers in 2012. Are they similar? Yes. But at the moment Trout gets the nod. Something tells me they’ll be neck and neck for a long, long time.