Born: Aug, 7, 1991
Hometown: Vineland, N.J.
Weight: 210 pounds
Primary position: Center fielder
Before the bigs:
- Father, Jeff, played in college at the University of Delaware and was a fifth-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 1982, but never advanced past Double-A, mainly because of a knee injury. He batted .321 in four minor-league seasons with 22 homers and 186 RBI. He was a second baseman and third baseman, and became a high school coach in Millville -- located in southern New Jersey -- after his playing career ended.
- Mike's favorite player growing up was Derek Jeter.
- Pitched, played shortstop and center field for Millville. Threw a no-hitter in his junior season, and set a state record as a senior with 18 home runs.
- Committed to play at East Carolina on a baseball scholarship, but ended up signing a pro contract instead.
- Scouted by the Angels' Greg Morhardt, a teammate of his father's in the minors. Drafted No. 25 overall in the 2009 draft, a compensatory pick for the Los Angeles Angels after losing Mark Teixeira to the New York Yankees.
- Started his minor-league journey at age 17 and hit .360 in rookie ball in the Arizona League in 39 games with one home run, 25 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
- Moved up to low-A Cedar Rapids in 2010 and dominated the competition, hitting .362 with six homers, 39 RBI and 45 stolen bases in 91 games. Was selected the Midwest League MVP.
- Advanced to High-A Rancho Cucamonga in the California League and batted .306 with four homers in 50 games.
- Was named the Topps Minor League Player of the Year in 2010 and was selected to the All-Star Futures Game in 2010.
- Started 2011 at Double-A Arkansas and batted .326 with 13 triples, 11 homers, 38 RBI and 33 stolen bases. Was called up to the big leagues when center fielder Peter Bourjos was injured in July, was sent back to Double-A, then came back to the Angels late in the season.
- Was selected the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year in 2011, becoming the No. 2 prospect in baseball by Baseball America.
- Started the 2012 season at Triple-A Salt Lake and hit .403 in 20 games, earning a call-up for good in late April.
- A five-tool standout (hitting for average and power, fielding, throwing and running the bases), Trout has become a top candidate for 2012 American League MVP despite starting the season in the minor leagues. After his call-up in 2012, embarked on one of the greatest rookie seasons in baseball history and became a runaway favorite for AL Rookie of the Year.
- Hit his first big-league homer on July 24, 2011 off Mark Worrell of the Baltimore Orioles.
- Made a diving catch robbing J.J. Hardy of a home run in late June 2012 that became a signature highlight of the season.
- Batted .324 with five homers in May 2012, .372 with three homers and 14 stolen bases in June and .392 with 10 homers, 23 RBI and nine stolen bases in July. He had two three-steal games, six three-hit games, two four-hit games in his first three months of the season. As of Aug. 30, Trout had 41 stolen bases and had only been caught four times.
- Scored a run in 14 consecutive games in July, setting a rookie record and an Angels record. Was named AL Player of the Month in July.
- Selected to the AL All-Star team in 2012. At the All-Star break, he was leading the league in hitting and stolen bases. As of Aug. 30, he was leading the league in hitting (.336) and OPS (.984).
- Became the youngest player to hit at least 20 home runs and steal at least 40 bases in a season, and still had a month to play when he achieved the milestone.
- Using sabermetrics, Trout is having one of the top seasons in big-league history, let alone for a 20-year-old rookie. As of late August, only Babe Ruth, Carl Yastrzemski, Rogers Hornsby, Barry Bonds and Lou Gehrig were having better seasons in WAR (wins over replacement), which measures the greatest non-pitching seasons in history by combining offense, defense and baserunning.