22 Major League Baseball teams passed on Mike Trout before the Los Angeles Angels drafted him out of Millville Senior High School (Millville, New Jersey) with the 25th pick of the 2009 Amateur Baseball Draft. This pick could go down as the greatest steal in the history of the draft. He's off to a scorching re-hot start to his career and what's really amazing is that he IS GETTING BETTER.
Trout entered the Angels minor league system right after the draft. He wasted no time with minor league pitchers. In just 286 minor league games, Trout collected 382 hits, 23 homeruns, 108 stolen bases, 239 runs, 134 RBI and maintained a .342 batting average. Me made his MLB Debut on July 8, 2011 and hit his first MLB homerun on July 24, 2011. He played 40 games for the Angels in 2011 and started the 2012 season off in AAA. After just 20 games in AAA (he was hitting over .400) Trout was called up to the majors and had one of the most incredible rookie seasons in the history of baseball. In just 139 games, Trout led the majors with 49 stolen bases and 129 runs scored. He also hit 30 homeruns, batted .326 and had a .399 On-Base percentage. He was the unanimous choice for the American League Rookie of the Year Award and finished second to Miguel Cabrera for the American League MVP Award.
In 2013, Mike Trout continued to dominate the opposition. He played 157 games and led the American League with 109 runs and 110 walks. He became much more disciplined at the plate which resulted in an incredible .432 On-Base percentage. For the second straight year, Trout finished right behind Cabrera for the AL MVP Award. With 2014, well under way, Trout is one again at the head of the AL MVP race. He is on pace to have his first 30 HR/ 100 RBI season and currently leads the AL with a .611 Slugging Percentage and a 1.012 OPS. With less than three full MLB seasons under his belt, Mike Trout is already the greatest all-around player in the game today. He is having one of the greatest starts to any career in baseball history.
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