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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Mike Trout was incredibly proud of his 98 mph throw to home plate

Mike Trout

Mike Trout is on an absurd tear at the plate in which he has belted 11 home runs in his last 13 games, but he proved on Tuesday night that he is capable of changing the game on defense, too. There was one play in particular that helped the Los Angeles Angels preserve an early lead, and Trout seemed quite proud of it.

With the Angels leading the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Corey Seager lined a base hit to center field and Max Muncy tried to score from second base. Trout made an absolutely perfect throw home to gun him out.

As Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com pointed out, Trout’s throw home was clocked at 98.6 mph by Statcast. It was tied for the third-hardest throw from the outfield this season and was Trout’s hardest since Statcast was introduced in 2015. When Trout caught wind of that, he immediately began bragging to his teammates.

Trout still couldn’t get enough of the feat after the game, and he told reporters he planned on calling former Angels pitcher Garrett Richards to let him know.

It was already hard to believe that Trout is doing things at the plate this year that he has never done before in his remarkable career, but he seems even more pumped about that 98.6 mph throw. While belting homers is second nature to him at this point, gunning guys out at the plate doesn’t come quite as easily.

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