Mike Trout is finally 21 years old …

Mike Trout is still a kid in some ways. He’s still among the youngest in baseball, is still a rookie and still spends his offseasons living out of his parents’ house in Millville, N.J., where he’s turned the basement into what he calls his “own little Man Cave.” “It’s awesome,” he said. “I’ve got a ping-pong table, dart board, huge flat screen. My friends love it.”

But on Tuesday, Aug. 7, Trout finally turned 21. He can now legally drink, which in this country is basically the final stage before full-on adulthood, even if only in a logistical sense.

They grow up so fast, don’t they?

Well, Trout grew up faster than most. Because before turning 21, he already looked like the best player in the Majors, was a favorite to be the youngest Most Valuable Player ever (you can already give him the Rookie of the Year Award) and was mentioned among the likes of Rickey Henderson, Ken Griffey Jr., Eric Davis, Bo Jackson and Mickey Mantle. Not fair, of course. He’s still so young, so early in his baseball career, with so much left to accomplish.

But it’s hard not to make comparisons like that when you consider …

  • Since his April 28 callup, Trout is batting .348 (1st in the AL) with 19 homers (1st among Major League rookies), 59 RBIs (ditto), 36 stolen bases (1st in the Majors), 86 runs (1st in the Majors), a .411 on-base percentage (3rd in the AL) and a .598 slugging percentage (2nd in the AL).
  • No player has ever hit .340 with 40 stolen bases in one season — and all of that is easily within reach for Trout.
  • His 6.9 WAR leads the Majors, according to FanGraphs.com, with Andrew McCutchen ranking second at 6.0. Among outfielders, he’s ninth in UZR, at 7.8.
  • He robbed J.J. Hardy of a home run with a ridiculous catch in Camden Yards on June 27. It’s been the reigning Web Gem for over a month.
  • He then did it again, this time to Gordon Beckham, on Saturday. According to ESPN, he’s the only player in the Majors to rob two homers this year.
  • Trout went into August with a .353 batting average, 18 homers and 31 steals. The only other player in Major League history to hit at least .350 with 15 homers and 30 steals before Aug. 1 was Henderson, who batted .352 with 16 homers and 47 steals during the first four months of his 1985 season with the Yankees.
  • He’s the first AL player ever to win Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month in the same month.
  • He also won Rookie of the Month honors three times in a row (May, June and July). The only other player to do that was Ichiro Suzuki in April, May and June in 2001.
  • With 32 runs in July, Trout tied Hal Trosky (Indians, 1934) for the all-time MLB rookie runs record for July.
  • Trout set the AL record for July home runs by a rookie, with 10. It also tied the Angels’ club record for rookie homers in any month (Wally Joyner, May 1986).
  • In his first 81 games, Trout scored 80 runs and drove in 55, combining for 135 runs plated. The last rookie to have that many through his first 81 games was Joe DiMaggio in 1936 (87 runs, 83 RBIs).
  • The only other player since 1920 to have as many hits (116), RBIs (55) and stolen bases (31) in his first 81 games of a season as Trout was George Sisler in 1922.
  • He’s swiped 27 consecutive bases and counting, building on a club record that was previously held by Gary Pettis in 1985 (22 straight). The last time Trout was caught stealing was June 4.
  • On May 1, Trout got a bunt single and ran a 3.53 from home to first — and he started from the right side of the batter’s box. That’s scary fast. Watch it here.
  • On May 18, Trout hit a triple on a ball down the left-field line.
  • Since May 1, Trout leads the Majors in runs (86) and times on base (163), and second in hits (122).
  • From July 5-23, Trout scored a run in 15 consecutive games. That streak tied the modern Major League rookie record, set a new AL rookie mark and established an Angels franchise record.
  • The only two players in the last 63 years who have led a league in batting average and stolen bases are Ichiro (2001) and Jackie Robinson (1949).
  • As part of a 4-for-6 game against the Tigers on July 17, Trout hit this long homer to the right-center-field portion of the massive Comerica Park. That homer traveled 442 feet, making it the second-longest opposite-field homer this year, according to ESPN.
  • He also hit one into downtown Cleveland on July 3.
  • In July, he became the 20th player in Major League history to be selected to the All-Star Game before his 21st birthday.
  • Then, with a clean single up the middle off the Mets’ R.A. Dickey, Trout — at 20 years, 338 days old — became the youngest player to record a hit in the All-Star Game since Detroit Hall of Famer Al Kaline in 1955, and third-youngest overall.
  • He has a 1.027 OPS against righties and a .964 OPS against lefties. His batting average is .293 when behind in the count, .377 with runners in scoring position and .392 versus Texas.
  • The Angels went 6-14 before Trout joined them on April 28. Since then, they’re 52-37, which is second-best in the AL.

Cheers, to 21 years.

 — Alden 

22 Comments

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Today is the
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League Rookie to EVER put together the numbers he has and with yet 52 games remaining, we are very likely enjoying something truly special and historic!

We should all be watching very closely to what Mike brings to the table of Basebal in general. A Phenom that has just as great a disposition on the field as he has off. That alone is rare in itself. I feel blessed to be an Angel fan of over 25 yrs and to have Mr. Trout on our team putting up the numers that he puts up every day that he takes the field. What a Gift he is for all of us to watch and for everythng Mike that you do… Ths Day Is For You!

Happy 21st Brthday Mike! I hope its half as great as the days youv’e alreay given us!

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Yeah, Happy Birthday to the Angels’ new “Fish.” Thanks (already!!!) for the memories and here’s looking at you, kid :)

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Ive watched Trout play in about 30 or so games. I actually seek out Angel games just to watch him play. Every single game he has played in, he has done something special. Ive seen many players over my 40 plus years watching baseball, I cant ever remember seeing a player do this much, this well, this early. The Angels and their fans have something truly special and now its a matter of Angel Ownership keeping him in an Angel uniform. Can you imagine the bidding war for this kid?…in the meantime, I will continue to stop and watch him play any time I get the chance. Keep it up Trout, its been amazing so far.

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I cant ever remember seeing a player do this much, this well, this early. The Angels and their fans have something truly special and now its a matter of Angel Ownership keeping him in an Angel uniform. Can you imagine the bidding war for this kid?…in the meantime, I will continue to stop and watch him play any time I get the chance. Keep it up Trout, its been amazing so far.

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