Mike Trout, 23 and Counting

Mike Trout turns 23-years-old today and is already being noted as one of the best players to touch a Major League Baseball field. Here are ten statistics that might blow your mind about the young star.

Michael Nelson Trout was born on August 7th, 1991. 18 years later, Mike Trout was selected by the Los Angeles Angels, and signed soon after, opting out his committment to East Carolina University. He was called up by the Angels on July 8, 2011 becoming the second player from Millville, New Jersey to reach the Majors and the youngest to play for the Angels since Andy Hassler in 1971 (19-years-old).

Here are ten fun statistics about Mike Trout's career since his callup, and his chase of history and becoming one of the greatest players in baseball history.

1. Mike Trout is the only player to hit 30 or more home runs and steal 40 or more bases in his first full season. In 2012, Trout hit 30 home runs and lead the league with 49 stolen bases. He is also the only player to do all those things, plus scoring 120 or more runs while batting .320 or higher in a season before his 23rd birthday. Trout finished second in MVP voting that season and also won the Rookie of the Year Award by unanimous decision.

2. Mike Trout is the only player to have 80 or more home runs and stolen bases before turning 23. Cesar Cedeno and Mike Trout are the only players in baseball history with 200 or more extra base hits and 80 or more stolen bases before turning 23.

3. Mike Trout joins Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Mel Ott and Ted Williams as the only players to have multiple seasons of at least 25 home runs, 80 runs batted in, 100 runs and a batting average over .320 before the age of 23. Trout also joins Mel Ott and Orlando Cepeda as the only players with three seasons of 60 or more extra base hits prior to turning 23. Also joining Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx and five others, Trout is one of seven players all-time with 210 or more extra base hits before turning 23.

4. Mike Trout and Alex Rodriguez are the only two players with 80 home runs, 90 stolen bases, 300 runs scored, and 500 hits before turning 23 years old.

5. Mike Trout became the youngest player in 105 years to steal 40 bases in a season. Ty Cobb stole 53 bases in 1907 when he was 20-years-old.

6. Mike Trout is one of four players to hit .320 or better with 50 or more home runs and 200 or more runs scored over his first two full seasons in Major League Baseball joining Joe Dimaggio, Ted Williams, and Albert Pujols. Trout also hit at least .320, 25 home runs and had 30 or more stolen bases in his first two seasons, the only other player to do so in either of his first two seasons was Willie Mays in his rookie year.

7. Mike Trout became the fifth youngest player in Major League baseball history and the youngest in American League history to hit for the cycle on May 21st, 2013. After striking out in his first at bat against the Seattle Mariners, he followed it with an infield single, triple, double, and ended it with a monstrous home run on a 1-1 count.

8. Mike Trout became the second player the Angels selected in the 2009 MLB Draft, after taking Randal Grichuk the pick prior to him. Nine position players were selected before Trout in the draft, and have combined for 709 hits, 144 doubles, 25 triples, 52 home runs, 262 RBI, 47 stolen bases, and a .255 batting average. Mike Trout alone has 527 hits, 105 doubles, 22 triples, 87 home runs, 277 runs batted in, 98 stolen bases and a .311 batting average.

9. In Mike Trout's first professional game, he went 2-for-2 with four walks, a triple, two runs, and an RBI. He was outshined by Randal Grichuk again, as he went 6-for-7 with four RBI and three doubles. The Angels Arizona League, Rookie Ball affiliate, defeated the AZL Rangers 18-3 with 25 hits to their extent.

10. Mike Trout has had two birthdays while playing in the Majors, and has hit home runs in both, becoming the only player in Major League History to hit home runs on both his 21st and 22nd birthday. On his 21st, Trout sent a solo shot to the bleachers in Oakland against the Athletics, and on his 22nd, he gave the home crowd a show with a two-run shot against the Texas Rangers. Both home runs were the 20th of each season.

(all statistics via Angels PR and other MLB sources)

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