How fast was Mike Trout going? Really?

May, 2, 2012
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If it seemed like Mike Trout was moving rather rapidly Tuesday night on his bunt single to third base, that's because he was. But exactly how fast?

According to Angels third-base coach Dino Ebel, who is tasked with hand timing batters going from home to first base, Trout covered the ground in 3.53 seconds. In non-technical terms, that is sick fast, maybe even historic-fast. Legend has it that the fastest player all-time from home to first was a young Mickey Mantle, who covered the ground out of the left-handed batter's box in 3.1 seconds and from the right side in 3.5 seconds.

Trout, 20, is right-handed, so -- to put it another way -- he just got mentioned alongside Mickey Mantle... again.

In a 2005 column on ESPN.com, Jayson Stark writes about the Houston Astros' Willy Taveras covering the same ground in 3.56 seconds and quotes an unnamed scout saying, "That is off the charts."

So, for Angels fans wondering what all the hype is about for a guy batting .212 in his first 44 major-league games, there's that.

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

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