The Mike Trout legend grows

April, 15, 2012
4/15/12
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Something about Mike Trout's unusual skill set has always inspired hyperbole. Scouts compared him to Mickey Mantle and Kirby Puckett, among other Hall of Famers, when he was still a teenager.

The 20-year-old outfielder had another did-you-see-that moment Saturday night at a Triple-A game when he scored from first base on a single.

The Angels preach first-to-third religiously. The term first-to-home isn't really in anybody's vocabulary. Trout got a good read on Alexi Amarista's single to right and just kept going, beating the relay throw.

"I was going as hard as I can around second going into third," Trout told MiLB.com. "My third base coach was way up the line and he usually throws up a stop sign. But I didn't see one, so I kept going. I think he threw it up just as I got to him, but I didn't see it and it was too late at that point anyways."

Trout's talents soon might make it impossible for the Angels to leave him at Triple-A. He already has a 10-game hitting streak and is batting .385 with a home run, a double, two triples and six RBIs.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Howie Kendrick
BA HR RBI R
.293 7 75 85
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Trout 36
RBIM. Trout 111
RM. Trout 115
OPSM. Trout .939
WJ. Weaver 18
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOJ. Weaver 169