The Mike Trout legend grows

April, 15, 2012
4/15/12
5:22
PM PT
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.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jered Weaver
WINS ERA SO IP
15 3.57 137 181
OTHER LEADERS
BAM. Trout .290
HRM. Trout 31
RBIM. Trout 97
RM. Trout 92
OPSM. Trout .934
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOG. Richards 164