Wednesday, May 2, 2012
How fast was Mike Trout going? Really?
By Mark Saxon
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.