Mike Trout: “The Millville Meteor”

Captains of the outfield in Major League Baseball, the list of legendary MLB center fielders is a long one. From Willie Mays to Ty Cobb and Mickey Mantle, having solid range left and right, being fleet of foot, and wielding a big bat, are trademarks of the best middle-fielders in baseball. In the here and now – few are better than LA Angels CF Mike Trout. Here’s what makes the Millville Meteor so marvellous.

Who Is Mike Trout?

Encouraged by his father Jeff, who was drafted but never played for the Minnesota Twins, Trout’s first step to stardom was in Cal Ripken Baseball (ages 4–12) in the Babe Ruth League. Officially listed as being born in Vineland, NJ, Mike Trout is known as the Millville Meteor as his illustrious baseball career started to blossom at Millville Senior High School in New Jersey, where he stared as a baseball and basketball player. Choosing wisely, Trout eventually turned his full focus to hardball.

Trout began playing as a pitcher and shortstop before moving to the outfield during his senior year at Millville HS. Highly touted from a young age, Trout got his first taste of the “big league life” when he toured with the Tri-State Arsenal Baseball organization. Highly scouted tournaments, like the Perfect Game WWBA Championships in Florida and the Area Code Games in California, helped introduce this budding star to MLB scouts like Greg Morhardt of the LA Angels organization.

Mike Trout Stats

Mike Trout has put up stats that make him the best positional player taken during the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. The crowd erupted with applause when Trout was selected 25th overall as the draft was held in Secaucus, NJ, which is 125 miles south of Trout’s hometown. Similar to sports betting, in that picks can be hit or miss, the draft in any sport can produce generational superstars and outright busts. Trout, along with Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (1st OA) are in the former while OF Donavan Tate (3rd OA Padres) and RHP Matt Hobgood (5th OA Orioles) are in the latter. After a short but stellar stint in the minors – Trout made a successful MLB migration.

Not a Disneyland style magical start, though not a harbinger of things to come, Trout joined the Angels as a 19-year-old in 2011 and had just 27 hits over 135 plate appearances good for a .220 batting average. The stats needle has been pointing upward ever since though as Trout posted a .311 BA during 3,037 at bats from April 2012 until he went on the six to eight week disabled list with a thumb injury on May 28, 2017. Trout was the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year and finished second to Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera in AL MVP voting. From 2013 to 2016 Trout was the MLB MVP twice (’14 and ’16) and the runner up during the other two seasons.

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Mon 3 Reg. MD2 Angels 2 - 4 Athletics -106 -101 Odds
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Wed 5 Reg. MD2 Angels 5 - 0 Athletics -112 +106 Odds
Thu 6 Reg. MD2 Angels 1 - 5 Athletics -111 -111 Odds
Fri 7 Reg. MD2 Seattle Mariners 1 - 5 Angels +117 -127 Odds
Sat 8 Reg. MD2 Seattle Mariners 4 - 5 Angels -112 +105 Odds
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Tue 11 Reg. MD3 Texas Rangers 5 - 6 Angels +109 -114 Odds
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Mon 17 Reg. MD4 Angels 0 - 3 Houston Astros +135 -156 Odds
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Wed 19 Reg. MD4 Angels 1 - 5 Houston Astros +165 -169 Odds
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Sat 29 Reg. MD5 Angels 3 - 6 Texas Rangers +135 -156 Odds
Sun 30 Reg. MD5 Angels 5 - 2 Texas Rangers -120 +100 Odds
May 2017 (29)
Tue 2 Reg. MD6 Angels 6 - 4 Seattle Mariners +128 -135 Odds
Wed 3 Reg. MD6 Angels 7 - 8 Seattle Mariners +100 -120 Odds
Thu 4 Reg. MD6 Angels 3 - 11 Seattle Mariners +140 -161 Odds
Fri 5 Reg. MD6 Houston Astros 7 - 6 Angels -130 +122 Odds
Sat 6 Reg. MD6 Houston Astros 1 - 2 Angels -125 +105 Odds
Sun 7 Reg. MD6 Houston Astros 5 - 3 Angels -120 +100 Odds
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Wed 10 Reg. MD7 Angels 1 - 3 Athletics +130 -152 Odds
Thu 11 Reg. MD7 Detroit Tigers 7 - 1 Angels +105 -125 Odds
Fri 12 Reg. MD7 Detroit Tigers 0 - 7 Angels +128 -137 Odds
Sat 13 Reg. MD7 Detroit Tigers 4 - 3 Angels +130 -137 Odds
Sun 14 Reg. MD7 Detroit Tigers 1 - 4 Angels -120 +100 Odds
Mon 15 Reg. MD8 White Sox 3 - 5 Angels +194 -200 Odds
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Wed 17 Reg. MD8 White Sox 8 - 12 Angels +160 -182 Odds
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Sat 20 Reg. MD8 Angels 5 - 7 New York Mets +120 -127 Odds
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Fri 2 Reg. MD10 Minnesota Twins 11 - 5 Angels +114 -120
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Sun 4 Reg. MD10 Minnesota Twins 3 - 2 Angels -135 +115
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Wed 7 Reg. MD11 Angels 0 - 4 Detroit Tigers +123 -127 Odds
Thu 8 Reg. MD11 Angels 11 - 4 Detroit Tigers +175 -200 Odds
Fri 9 Reg. MD11 Angels 9 - 4 Houston Astros +150 -172 Odds
Sat 10 Reg. MD11 Angels 1 - 3 Houston Astros +182 -189 Odds
Sun 11 Reg. MD11 Angels 12 - 6 Houston Astros +169 -175 Odds
Mon 12 Reg. MD12 New York Yankees 5 - 3 Angels -132 +125 Odds
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Wed 14 Reg. MD12 New York Yankees 5 - 7 Angels -145 +138 Odds
Thu 15 Reg. MD12 Royals 7 - 2 Angels +102 -111 Odds
Fri 16 Reg. MD12 Royals 3 - 1 Angels -102 -108 Odds
Sat 17 Reg. MD12 Royals 0 - 9 Angels +125 -135 Odds
Sun 18 Reg. MD12 Royals 7 - 3 Angels -101 -105 Odds
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Thu 22 Reg. MD13 Angels 10 - 5 New York Yankees +245 -256 Odds
Fri 23 Reg. MD13 Angels 4 - 9 Boston Red Sox +152 -161 Odds
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Fri 30 Reg. MD14 Seattle Mariners 10 - 0 Angels +100 +118 Odds
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Sun 2 Reg. MD14 Seattle Mariners 5 - 3 Angels -147 +141 Odds
Mon 3 Reg. MD15 Angels 5 - 9 Minnesota Twins +100 -116 Odds
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Wed 5 Reg. MD15 Angels 2 - 1 Minnesota Twins +152 -159 Odds
Fri 7 Reg. MD15 Angels 0 - 10 Texas Rangers +127 -135 Odds
Sat 8 Reg. MD15 Angels 2 - 5 Texas Rangers +135 -143 Odds
Sun 9 Reg. MD15 Angels 3 - 0 Texas Rangers +188 -200 Odds
Fri 14 Reg. MD16 Tampa Bay Rays 2 - 1 Angels +105 -114 Odds
Sat 15 Reg. MD16 Tampa Bay Rays 6 - 3 Angels +125 -125 Odds
Sun 16 Reg. MD16 Tampa Bay Rays 3 - 4 Angels -130 +128 Odds
Tue 18 Reg. MD17 Montreal Expos 4 - 3 Angels +130 -133 Odds
Wed 19 Reg. MD17 Montreal Expos 0 - 7 Angels +113 -118 Odds
Fri 21 Reg. MD17 Boston Red Sox 6 - 2 Angels -208 +194 Odds
Sat 22 Reg. MD17 Boston Red Sox 3 - 7 Angels -127 +117 Odds
Sun 23 Reg. MD17 Boston Red Sox 2 - 3 Angels -118 +117 Odds
Tue 25 Reg. MD18 Angels 7 - 11 Indians +151 -161 Odds
Wed 26 Reg. MD18 Angels 4 - 10 Indians +185 -227 Odds
Thu 27 Reg. MD18 Angels 1 - 2 Indians +140 -145 Odds
Fri 28 Reg. MD18 Angels 7 - 2 Blue Jays +135 -141
Sat 29 Reg. MD18 Angels 6 - 5 Blue Jays +106 -115
Sun 30 Reg. MD18 Angels 10 - 11 Blue Jays +105 -114
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Tue 1 Reg. MD19 Phillies 1 - 2 Angels +121 -115
Wed 2 Reg. MD19 Phillies 22:07 Angels +178 -189
Thu 3 Reg. MD19 Phillies 22:07 Angels
Fri 4 Reg. MD19 Athletics 22:07 Angels
Sat 5 Reg. MD19 Athletics 21:07 Angels
Sun 6 Reg. MD19 Athletics 15:37 Angels
Mon 7 Reg. MD20 Orioles 22:07 Angels
Tue 8 Reg. MD20 Orioles 22:07 Angels
Wed 9 Reg. MD20 Orioles 15:37 Angels
Thu 10 Reg. MD20 Angels 22:10 Seattle Mariners
Fri 11 Reg. MD20 Angels 22:10 Seattle Mariners
Sat 12 Reg. MD20 Angels 21:10 Seattle Mariners
Sun 13 Reg. MD20 Angels 16:10 Seattle Mariners
Tue 15 Reg. MD21 Angels 19:05 Montreal Expos
Wed 16 Reg. MD21 Angels 13:05 Montreal Expos
Fri 18 Reg. MD21 Angels 19:05 Orioles
Sat 19 Reg. MD21 Angels 19:05 Orioles
Sun 20 Reg. MD21 Angels 13:35 Orioles
Mon 21 Reg. MD22 Texas Rangers 22:07 Angels
Tue 22 Reg. MD22 Texas Rangers 22:07 Angels
Wed 23 Reg. MD22 Texas Rangers 22:07 Angels
Thu 24 Reg. MD22 Texas Rangers 22:07 Angels
Fri 25 Reg. MD22 Houston Astros 22:07 Angels
Sat 26 Reg. MD22 Houston Astros 21:07 Angels
Sun 27 Reg. MD22 Houston Astros 12:00 Angels
Mon 28 Reg. MD23 Athletics 22:07 Angels
Tue 29 Reg. MD23 Athletics 22:07 Angels
Wed 30 Reg. MD23 Athletics 22:07 Angels
September 2017 (27)
Fri 1 Reg. MD23 Angels 20:05 Texas Rangers
Sat 2 Reg. MD23 Angels 19:15 Texas Rangers
Sun 3 Reg. MD23 Angels 15:05 Texas Rangers
Mon 4 Reg. MD24 Angels 16:05 Athletics
Tue 5 Reg. MD24 Angels 22:05 Athletics
Wed 6 Reg. MD24 Angels 15:35 Athletics
Fri 8 Reg. MD24 Angels 22:10 Seattle Mariners
Sat 9 Reg. MD24 Angels 21:10 Seattle Mariners
Sun 10 Reg. MD24 Angels 16:10 Seattle Mariners
Tue 12 Reg. MD25 Houston Astros 22:07 Angels
Wed 13 Reg. MD25 Houston Astros 22:07 Angels
Thu 14 Reg. MD25 Houston Astros 22:07 Angels
Fri 15 Reg. MD25 Texas Rangers 22:07 Angels
Sat 16 Reg. MD25 Texas Rangers 21:07 Angels
Sun 17 Reg. MD25 Texas Rangers 15:37 Angels
Tue 19 Reg. MD26 Indians 22:07 Angels
Wed 20 Reg. MD26 Indians 22:07 Angels
Thu 21 Reg. MD26 Indians 12:00 Angels
Fri 22 Reg. MD26 Angels 20:10 Houston Astros
Sat 23 Reg. MD26 Angels 19:10 Houston Astros
Sun 24 Reg. MD26 Angels 14:10 Houston Astros
Mon 25 Reg. MD27 Angels 20:10 White Sox
Tue 26 Reg. MD27 Angels 20:10 White Sox
Wed 27 Reg. MD27 Angels 20:10 White Sox
Thu 28 Reg. MD27 Angels 20:10 White Sox
Fri 29 Reg. MD27 Seattle Mariners 22:07 Angels
Sat 30 Reg. MD27 Seattle Mariners 21:07 Angels
October 2017 (1)
Sun 1 Reg. MD27 Seattle Mariners 15:07 Angels

Best Center Fielders In MLB

To be The Guy – one must do things that mimic The Guy. We mentioned three of the best ever MLB center fielders in our lead-in and, although he is still early in his career, Trout is worthy of being in the conversation when discussing the greats of the game. Willie Mays (.302) Ty Cobb (.366) and Mickey Mantle (.298) where superstars in the outfield and Trout’s .308 career batting average to date (one-third into the 2017 MLB season) is certainly up there with those three Hall of Fame players. Generally speaking, a World Series ring is all that is missing from Trout’s resume.

Although pretty much in a league of his own these days, as it pertains to stud center fielders, there are a few players attempting to steal some of Trout’s thunder. Slightly overshadowed by teammates Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez, who are both MLB All-Stars, Colorado CF Charlie Blackmon has been a huge key to revival of the Rockies (35-23) in Mile High Country. Second to Trout in batting average (.337 to .326) and slugging percentage (.742 to .606) Blackmon leads the Majors with 47 RBI as of June 4, 2017, and those numbers have the Rockies in MLB playoff contention.

Also the “best center fielders in MLB” conversation, New York Yankees CF Aaron Hicks is having a breakout season as his batting average (.321) and on base percentage (.434) are both well above his .233 and .314 career numbers. Chicago White Sox CF Leury Garcia (.292) and Atlanta Braves CF Ender Inciarte (.284) round out the top five outfield Generals when it comes to hitting this season. Third overall in RBI (24) and second in home runs (14) CF George Springer has helped the Houston Astros to an MLB best 40-16 record and a runaway 12.5 game lead in the AL West Division.

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