Michael Nelson Trout (born August 7, 1991) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). Trout is a nine-time MLB All-Star, three-time American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) (winning the award in 2014, 2016, and 2019, while finishing second in the 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2018 votes), and is an eight-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award.
|Los Angeles Angels – No. 27|
|Born: August 7, 1991|
Vineland, New Jersey
|July 8, 2011, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2021 season)
|Runs batted in||816|
|Career highlights and awards|
The Angels selected Trout in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft. He made a brief major league appearance in 2011 before becoming a regular player for the Angels the subsequent season, and won the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year Award unanimously.
Trout's athleticism on the field has received praise from both the mainstream media and sabermetricians. He is regarded as one of the most outstanding young players in the history of baseball, as well as one of the best current players in all of MLB. Trout led the American League in wins above replacement (WAR) in each of his first five full seasons (according to Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference.com).
Trout has led the American League in runs (2012–14, 2016) and times on base (2013, 2015–16, 2018) four times. As of February 2021, he leads all active major league ballplayers in career slugging percentage (.582) and on base plus slugging (1.000), and was second in career on base percentage (.418) and stolen base percentage (84.45%). In 2019, he signed a 12-year, $426 million contract with the Angels, the second-richest contract in the history of North American sports and third in professional sports in general (and the second-biggest contract at the time of signing).
Trout was born to Jeff and Debbie (Busonick) Trout in Vineland, New Jersey on August 7, 1991. He grew up in nearby Millville, New Jersey. He has two older siblings, sister Teal and brother Tyler. His father, Jeff (born January 7, 1961), played baseball at the University of Delaware and was a fifth-round draft pick as a second baseman by the Minnesota Twins in 1983. Jeff played four years of minor league baseball before a torn plantar fascia and knee injuries ended his career. Trout grew up a die-hard Philadelphia Phillies fan, and attended their World Series parade in 2008.
Trout began playing baseball in Cal Ripken Baseball, a division of Babe Ruth League. His main position as a youth baseball player was shortstop. He wore #2 in honor of his childhood hero, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. He would switch to #1 in high school. Mike attended Lakeside Middle School and is a 2009 graduate of Millville Senior High School.
Trout attended Millville Senior High School in Millville, New Jersey where he played both baseball and basketball, earning five letters (three in baseball and two in basketball). In his junior year, he threw a no-hitter against Egg Harbor Township High School. The Thunderbolts made it to the state playoffs and were defeated by Cherry Hill High School East. He started as a pitcher and shortstop, and was shifted to the outfielder during his senior year. That year, he hit 18 home runs, a New Jersey high school record. Trout had committed to play baseball at East Carolina University prior to the 2009 MLB Draft. Millville initially planned to retire Trout's jersey number, but instead began awarding it to the team captain, starting in 2012.
Trout played travel ball with Tri-State Arsenal, one of the premier travel programs in the Northeast. He began working with the coaches at Arsenal at age 14. Trout played in various tournaments with Tri-State Arsenal, including the Perfect Game WWBA Championships in Jupiter, Florida in 2007 and 2008.
In the summer before his senior year, Trout attended the Area Code Games in southern California, where he went 6-for-11 against some of the best players in the country. Angels scout Greg Morhardt, who had played in the minor leagues with Trout's father, claimed Mike was the fastest and strongest 17-year-old he had ever seen.
Draft and minors
The Angels selected Trout, using their compensation pick from the New York Yankees for their signing of Mark Teixeira, 25th overall in the 2009 MLB draft. He started his professional career out of high school in 2009 playing for the Arizona Angels of the rookie-level Arizona League (AZL), hitting .360 with a .418 OBP and .506 SLG with one home run, 25 runs batted in (RBIs), and 13 stolen bases in 187 plate appearances over 39 games. He was beaten out in being named AZL Most Valuable Player by Cody Decker. He finished the season playing for the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Class A Midwest League, hitting .267 over 20 plate appearances in five games.
Before the 2010 season, Trout was considered the Angels' third-best prospect and the 85th-best in all of baseball by Baseball America. He started the season playing for Cedar Rapids, where he hit .362 with a .454 on-base percentage (OBP) and a .526 slugging percentage (SLG) with six home runs, 39 RBIs, and 45 stolen bases in 82 games. He was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game. In July, Baseball America named Trout the second-best overall baseball prospect. After the Futures game, he was promoted to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the Class A-Advanced California League.
After the 2010 season, Trout received the Topps Minor League Player of the Year Award; at just 19 years and two months, he became the youngest player to win the award. He was also named a Baseball America All-Star as well as a Topps Class A All-Star.
Prior to the 2011 season, Trout was ranked number one by ESPN's Keith Law in his 2011 top 100 prospects list and by MLB's Jonathan Mayo. Trout started the 2011 season with the Arkansas Travelers of the Class AA Texas League. He hit .324 with nine home runs, 27 RBIs, and 28 stolen bases in his first 75 games.
Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels promoted Trout on July 8, 2011, to replace the injured Peter Bourjos in center field. He made his major league debut that night, going 0-for-3. In his next game, Trout recorded his first career major league hit, an infield single against Seattle Mariners pitcher Michael Pineda in the bottom of the third inning. He hit his first major league home run against Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mark Worrell on July 24. Trout was sent back to Double-A Arkansas on August 1, 2011, after hitting .163 with one home run and six runs batted in 12 starts for the Angels.
After spending time back in Double-A Arkansas, Trout was recalled by the Angels on August 19, 2011. That night, he went 1-for-4 with a home run, his first at Angel Stadium. On August 30, Trout became the youngest Angel to hit two home runs in one game, homering off Mariners pitcher Anthony Vazquez in the top of the second inning and again in the top of the fourth inning. In his 40-game rookie big league stint in 2011, Trout's batting average was .220, while his on-base percentage was .281 and his slugging percentage .390.
For the 2011 season, of the 13 votes cast for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award, Trout received the two votes allocated to the fan poll. He was named Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .326/.414/.544 with 11 home runs, 38 RBIs, 82 runs scored, and 33 stolen bases in 91 games. He was again named an outfielder on Baseball America's 2011 Minor League All Star team.
American League Rookie of the Year (2012)
Trout began the 2012 season with the Salt Lake Bees of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. On April 28, he was again brought up from the minors, this time to replace Bobby Abreu (who was batting .208 in 24 at-bats). At that time, Trout had a .403 batting average, a .467 on-base percentage, and a .623 slugging percentage in 20 games with Salt Lake.
Trout recorded his first career four-hit game on June 4 (and his second 15 days later). In the process, he scored all four times and two of his four hits went for doubles. Trout, along with Angels right fielder Torii Hunter, was named American League co-Player of the Week from June 4–10. During that stretch, Trout went 13-for-25 for a .520 batting average to go along with 10 runs scored and four stolen bases. On June 27 against the Baltimore Orioles, Trout had his third career four-hit game in the same month. In the same game, he showed off his defensive skills when he robbed Orioles shortstop J. J. Hardy of a home run as he leaped up in the center-field wall to make a spectacular catch in the bottom of the first inning.
Trout broke both an Angels' franchise and American League rookie record when he crossed home plate in 14 consecutive games after scoring a run in a game on July 22. Trout's 26 stolen bases tied Jerry Remy for the team's rookie record for most stolen bases by the All-Star Break. Playing in his first All-Star Game, Trout singled off of New York Mets pitcher R. A. Dickey in the bottom of the 6th inning and drew a base on balls against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the 7th. In the month of June, Trout batted .372 with three home runs and 16 RBI and was named AL Player of the Month and AL Rookie of the Month. Angels manager Mike Scioscia explained Trout's impact by saying, "It's a pleasant surprise only with the fact that you see very few guys come up and do this much. Is it surprising that Mike Trout's talent is able to produce what's happening on the field? No, that's not a surprise. He's an extraordinary talent." Trout's 34 runs scored in July tied the Major League rookie record with Cleveland Indians first baseman Hal Trosky in 1934. He had a .392 batting average, 10 home runs, and 23 runs batted in. In addition, Trout continued to show his speed by stealing nine bases and scoring 32 runs in July. Trout also became the first rookie to drive in at least 55 runs and score 80 runs in 81 games since Joe DiMaggio in 1936."
Against the Chicago White Sox on August 4, Trout made another highlight catch, robbing second baseman Gordon Beckham of a home run in the second inning. White Sox catcher A. J. Pierzynski told reporters after the game that Trout "makes those catches in the outfield look so good.".
On August 21, Trout went 2-for-4 in a victory over the Boston Red Sox, raising his batting average to .344. With the .344 average, Trout set the rookie record for batting average through 100 games. Trout finished the month of August with a .284 batting average, seven home runs, 19 runs batted in, 11 stolen bases, and an .866 OPS. Trout was again named AL Rookie of the Month for August, his fourth time winning the honor. In winning the award for the fourth time, Trout became the first American League rookie since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 to win Rookie of the Month four times during a single season.
Trout became the youngest player ever to hit at least 20 home runs and steal at least 40 bases in a season. Houston Astros center fielder César Cedeño had been the youngest player to accomplish the feat, doing so in 1972. He also became the youngest hitter ever to hit at least 20 home runs and steal at least 30 bases in a season. Trout scored his 100th run of the season on August 26, becoming the second Angels rookie to score at least 100 runs in a season after Devon White. Trout set a new Angels record for runs scored in a rookie season, passing White. Trout scored three runs that day, the tenth time in the 2012 season where he scored three or more runs in one game, the most since Sammy Sosa's 11 games in 2001.
On September 9, in a game against the Detroit Tigers, Trout became the first player in baseball history under the age of 22 to hit a leadoff home run in back-to-back games. On September 21, Trout became the first rookie to score 120 or more runs since Ichiro Suzuki and the fourth rookie to accomplish that feat since 1964. On September 30, Trout became the youngest player in Major League Baseball history to join the 30–30 club when he belted a 7th-inning home run off of Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, helping the Angels win the game by a score of 5–4.
Trout became the first player in MLB history to hit 30 home runs, steal 45 bases, and score 125 runs in one season. Trout set the Angels' club record for most runs scored in a season, surpassing Vladimir Guerrero. He also set the Angels rookie record for most hits in a season with 173, passing Wally Joyner. Trout became the first rookie ever to hit 30 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season. In addition, Trout finished second in the AL in batting average (.326), third in slugging percentage (.564), third in on-base percentage (.399), second in OPS (.963), 9th in hits (182), and first in OPS+ (171). He became the first Angels player to lead the league in stolen bases since Chone Figgins did so in 2005 with 49 stolen bases. He led the American League in power-speed number (37.2). According to Baseball-Reference.com, Trout finished with a wins above replacement (WAR) value of 10.9, 2.4 better than second-place finisher Robinson Canó of the Yankees. Trout was the first position player to have a WAR above 10.0 since Barry Bonds for the San Francisco Giants in 2004.
Trout led the Angels in batting average, runs scored, hits (182), triples, stolen bases, total bases (315), base on balls, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and on-base plus slugging despite playing in just 139 games. He was tied with Albert Pujols for second place on the team in home runs behind Mark Trumbo and was fourth in runs batted in.
On November 12, 2012, Trout won the BBWAA Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award, receiving 28 of 28 first-place votes, becoming the first Angels player to win the award since Tim Salmon won it in 1993 and the youngest player to win the AL Rookie of the Year Award. Trout became just the 18th Rookie of the Year winner to win the award unanimously. On November 13, Trout won the Heart and Hustle Award, given to the player who "demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.” Trout was one of three outfielders in the American League to win the Silver Slugger for being the best offensive players at their position; the others were then-Ranger Josh Hamilton and Josh Willingham of the Minnesota Twins. He also won a Fielding Bible Award as the best fielding center fielder in MLB.
Trout's high WAR value led many to support his candidacy for American League Most Valuable Player. Trout's main competition for the award was Miguel Cabrera, who became the first player since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 to win the triple crown by leading the AL in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in. The race between Trout and Cabrera created controversy amongst baseball fans and writers, and was described by many as a clash between new-age sabermetrics and supporters of more "traditional" statistics. In supporting Trout's case, Jayson Stark wrote, "We just understand that Trout's insane 10.5 WAR are one more clear indication that he's a better baseball player than even one of the greatest hitters of our lifetimes. ... If you want to toss in his slash line, his 62 extra-base hits, his 92.3 percent stolen-base success rate or any other item on his stat sheet, you'll find that no player in the history of baseball has combined this much excellence in so many areas in the same season." Meanwhile, Scott Miller of CBS Sports wrote, "Nobody combined overall statistics, badass lineup presence and value to his team more than Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera." On November 15, Cabrera won the MVP decisively, winning twenty-two of twenty-eight first place votes to Trout's six.
Trout began the 2013 season as a left fielder, in order to accommodate for Peter Bourjos in center field. Trout started the 2013 season slowly, hitting .261 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in April. During a game on April 20 against the Detroit Tigers, Trout hit his first career grand slam off pitcher Rick Porcello, capping a 10-run inning for the Angels, their highest-scoring inning in almost 18 years.
On April 30, Bourjos injured his hamstring, and Trout was moved back to center field. In May, Trout regained his rookie-year form, batting .327 with 8 home runs, 21 RBIs, and 27 runs scored. Trout stated that he had struggled early in the season because he was chasing pitches out of the strike zone and pressing too much on himself. On May 21, 2013, Trout became the youngest player to hit for the cycle in American League history and sixth youngest in Major League history, doing so at home against the Seattle Mariners. On May 30, Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced that Trout would return to left field after Bourjos returned from the disabled list. This decision caused some controversy, as some believed that Trout's successful May was a direct result of his move back to center field. Scioscia, however, believed that Trout's numbers as a center fielder had to do with his batting-order position and hype subsiding.
On June 8, with shortstop Erick Aybar struggling at the leadoff spot, Trout began batting leadoff, marking his first time hitting in the leadoff spot since April 14. In his first game batting leadoff since mid-April, Trout went 3-for-5, with two doubles, a run batted in, scored two runs, had a base on balls, and stole a base, helping the Angels win the game over the Boston Red Sox in the first game of a double-header.
Trout indeed moved back to left field after Bourjos returned to the Angels' lineup on June 10. In his 249th career game, he scored his 200th career run, becoming the fastest player to accomplish this since Ted Williams (225 games) and Barney McCosky (236 games) did it in 1940.
Trout represented the Angels in the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He was the leading vote-getter among all AL outfielders and the first Angels position player to start in the All-Star Game since Vladimir Guerrero in 2007. In the month of July, Trout led all of baseball with an on-base percentage of .475 and OPS of 1.108. In addition, he was the only player in the American League to reach base in every game of the month and became the first Angels player to have two consecutive streaks of reaching base in at least 33 games. Trout continued his strong play in August, batting .337 with 6 home runs and an on-base percentage of .500. As in 2012, Trout's play declined somewhat in September, as he batted .281 with 4 home runs and 4 stolen bases.
According to Baseball-Reference, Trout finished the 2013 season with 9.2 WAR, again the highest in baseball. Notably, Trout's walk rate increased from 10.5% in 2012 to 15.4% in 2013. Trout's 110 bases on balls led the American League. He again led the American League in power-speed number (29.7). Echoing the 2012 season, Miguel Cabrera won the 2013 AL MVP with 23 first-place votes, while Trout finished second with five.
First American League Most Valuable Player Award (2014)
Rumors of a contract extension surfaced in February 2014, as news outlets reported that the Angels were considering offering Trout a six-year, $150 million contract. Instead, he signed a one-year, $1 million contract. That figure is the highest ever for a player not yet eligible for salary arbitration. On March 28, 2014, the Angels announced they had signed Trout to a six-year, $144.5 million extension.
On April 19, 2014, Trout went 0–4 with four consecutive strikeouts against Max Scherzer, giving him his first golden sombrero after playing in 353 games. On May 15, Trout hit his first career walk-off home run in a 6–5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. On July 15, Trout appeared in his third All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota. He went 2 for 3, with a double, a triple, and two RBIs. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the game, making him the second-youngest All-Star Game MVP behind Ken Griffey Jr. in 1992. On June 27, Trout hit the longest home run of the 2014 season, according to ESPN.com's Home Run Tracker. The ball was hit 489 feet into left-center field at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri.
Playing in 157 games in 2014, Trout batted .287 with 36 home runs, 39 doubles, nine triples, an AL-leading 111 RBIs, 16 stolen bases and an MLB-leading 115 runs scored. He also struck out a league-high 184 times. In an interview with Ken Rosenthal, Trout attributed his increased strikeouts to a "golf-swing." Nevertheless, Trout added he was working with staff to fix correct the strikeout tendency, and what may have been the only significant flaw of his all-around game.
In Game 3 of the 2014 American League Division Series against the Kansas City Royals, Trout hit his first career postseason home run in the first inning off of James Shields. Later on in the ninth inning, Trout was the final batter of the Angels to strike out as the team lost to the Royals in a three-game sweep of the series. As of 2019, it is his only postseason appearance.
On November 13, 2014, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced that Trout was unanimously selected as the AL MVP, becoming the sixth player in MLB history to win both the regular-season MVP and the All-Star Game MVP in the same season. Further, at the time, he was the fifth-youngest MVP ever, the 17th to win unanimously, and the third in Angels' franchise history, following Vladimir Guerrero in 2004.
On April 17, 2015, Trout became the youngest player in MLB history to reach 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases. He was 23 years and 253 days old when he reached the milestone, passing the previous record-holder, Alex Rodriguez, who had achieved it at the age of 23 years and 309 days in 1999. Trout led off the 2015 MLB All-Star Game with a home run, becoming the fourth player in All-Star Game history to do so. For the second year in a row, Trout won the All-Star Game MVP Award, becoming the first player ever to win it in consecutive years. On September 22, Trout hit his 40th home run, becoming only the second Angels player to hit 40 home runs in a season. Trout led the AL in WAR for the fourth straight year.
Trout finished the season with 41 home runs and 90 RBIs. He also led all American League players in slugging percentage, and OPS with a slashline[clarification needed] of .299/.402/.590/.991. For his offensive performance, Trout won his fourth Silver Slugger Award in as many seasons. In doing so, he became only the second player since Mike Piazza to win four straight Silver Sluggers to start off a career. He also won the Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY Award.
On November 10, it was announced that Trout, along with Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain and Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, were finalists for the AL MVP. Trout became the first player since Barry Bonds to be among the top three in MVP voting in four straight seasons.
On November 19, Trout finished second to MVP winner Donaldson, making it the third time he finished second in MVP voting in his four big-league seasons.
Second AL MVP (2016)
In June 2016, Sporting News named Trout "baseball's best [active] player". According to Fangraphs, he had accumulated more WAR through his age-24 season (on August 12, 2016) than any other player since 1913, with 45. Mickey Mantle was second with 41.1, followed by Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, and Ted Williams. A veteran contemporary of Trout's, Alex Rodriguez, was seventh. In 159 games of 2016, Trout led the MLB with walks (116), runs scored (123), and on-base percentage (.441). He also had a .315 batting average, 29 home runs, 30 stolen bases, and 100 RBI. He led the American League in power-speed number (29.5).
On November 17, Trout was announced as the 2016 AL MVP, winning the award for the second time in his career. Trout also joined Barry Bonds as the only other player in MLB history to finish top 2 for the MVP in five straight seasons. He was the 2016 Esurance MLB/This Year in Baseball Award winner for Best Major Leaguer. At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Trout was 12th among active position players in Total Wins Above Replacement through just five full seasons.
Prior to the injury, Trout was batting .337 and had led the Angels with 16 home runs. On May 28, 2017, Trout left the game after spraining his left thumb. Two days later, an MRI revealed the injury was a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and he was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his major league career. The injury required surgery, and he was ruled out for six to eight weeks. On May 31, he underwent successful thumb surgery. He was voted to be a starting outfielder for the American League in the All-Star Game, but did not participate due to his thumb injury. Trout was activated from the disabled list on July 14 after missing 39 games. On August 7, the date of his 26th birthday, he doubled down the third-base line for his 1,000th career hit. In his next at-bat, he hit a home run for his 1,001st hit. It marked the fourth time in six seasons that Trout had homered on his birthday.
On September 6, 2017, versus the Oakland Athletics, Trout drew a walk in his 14th consecutive contest to pass Albie Pearson for the franchise record of 13 set in 1961. He hit his 200th career home run off of Marco Gonzales of the Seattle Mariners on September 29, 2017. Trout became the seventh player in history to reach 200 or more home runs before the end of his age-25 season, following Foxx, Eddie Mathews, Mantle, Mel Ott, Frank Robinson, Rodriguez, and Pujols. Trout played in a career low 114 games due to injury but led the team in runs (92), home runs (33), stolen bases (22), walks (94), and in batting average (.306).
End of season awards for Trout included selection as center fielder on Baseball America's All-MLB Team.
Prior to the 2018 season, Sports Illustrated rated Trout the #1 player in baseball. He achieved his first career five-hit game on May 26 at Yankee Stadium, going 5-for-5 with three doubles and a home run. He also set single-game career highs in doubles, extra base hits (four), and total bases (11). Previously, he had collected four hits in a game 13 times. The Angels defeated New York 11–4. He homered twice in each of consecutive games versus Seattle on June 11 and 12, doing so for the first time in his career, while totaling a then MLB leading 23 home runs. In a span of eight games through June 19, he reached base in 29 of 37 plate appearances to bat .696/.778/1.261 with a 2.039 OPS.
Batting .312 with 25 home runs and 50 RBIs, Trout was named a starting outfielder for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game. He went 1–2 with a home run and a walk. On August 10, 2018, Trout was placed on the disabled list due to right wrist inflammation.
For the season, he batted .312 (4th in the league)/.460 (leading the league)/.628 (3rd), with 101 runs scored (9th), 39 home runs (4th), 79 RBIs, 24 stolen bases (9th), a 92.31 stolen base percentage (2nd), 12.1 at bats per home run (2nd), and a 29.7 power-speed number (4th). He walked in 20.1% of his at bats, tops in the major leagues, led the American League with 122 walks, and led the majors with 25 intentional walks. He had the highest ISO (Isolated Power) of all MLB players in 2018, at .316. On defense, he led AL outfielders with a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Third AL MVP (2019)
On March 20, 2019, Trout signed a 12-year, $426 million contract with the Angels, at the time, the richest contract in the history of North American sports but was later surpassed by Patrick Mahomes' 10 year $503 million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on July 6, 2020.
Following the April home series against the Texas Rangers, Trout was named AL Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career. Trout went on to make his eighth straight All-Star Game. During the game, he honored his late teammate and friend Tyler Skaggs by wearing his number 45. Trout surpassed Barry Bonds to become the youngest player to join the 200 home run, 200 stolen base club when he stole his 200th career base on August 31.
On September 9, Trout underwent a cryoablation procedure to address a neuroma in his right foot. On September 15, it was announced that Trout would undergo full-fledged surgery to remove the neuroma, ending his 2019 season. He finished the season with a career-high 45 home runs and led the American League in on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
On October 24, 2019, he won the AL Hank Aaron Award. Trout was also named the AL MVP for his third time in his career. With his latest win, Trout joined teammate Albert Pujols as the only active MLB players to have three MVP awards.
On September 5, Trout hit his 300th career home run off of Brandon Bielak of the Houston Astros, breaking the Angels' all-time home run record held by Tim Salmon. He finished the pandemic-shortened season hitting .281/.390/.603 with 17 home runs (tied for 4th in the AL) and 46 RBIs (6th) in 53 games.
For the season, Trout was hitting .333/.466/.624 with 8 home runs. On May 17 during a game against the Cleveland Indians, he tore his right calf while jogging the bases. He was placed on the 10-day IL the following day and was expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks. On June 28, Trout was transferred to the 60-day injured list. It was revealed in an interview with Trout in August that he had actually torn his calf muscle. On September 25, Trout confirmed that he would be shut down for the rest of the season.
Awards and achievements
Awards and exhibition team selections
- All-Star Futures Game selection (2010)
- 3× American League Most Valuable Player (2014, 2016, 2019)
- 5× American League Player of the Month (July 2012, June 2014, July 2015, April 2017, September 2018)
- 5× American League Player of the Week (June 11, 2012; July 13, 2014; July 12, 2015; April 7, 2019)
- 4× American League Rookie of the Month (May–August 2012)
- American League Rookie of the Year (2012)
- 9× Los Angeles Angels Player of the Year (2012-2020)
- 2× Baseball America Major League Player of the Year (2012, 2013)
- 2× Baseball America Minor League Baseball All-Star Team selection (2010, 2011)
- Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year (2011)
- Baseball America Rookie of the Year Award (2012)
- 3× Baseball America Top 100 prospect (2010–12)
- 2× Baseball Digest Player of the Year (2014, 2019)
- ESPY Award for Best Major League Baseball Player (2015)
- Fielding Bible Award at center field (2012)
- 2× Hank Aaron Award (2014, 2019)
- Heart & Hustle Award (2012)
- Topps All-Star Rookie Team (2012)
- Topps Minor League Player of the Year Award (2010)
- 9× Major League Baseball All-Star Game selection (2012−2021)
- 2× Major League Baseball All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (2014, 2015)
- MLB.com Top 100 prospect (2012)
- Players Choice Award for American League Outstanding Player (2014)
- Players Choice Award for American League Outstanding Rookie (2012)
- 5× Silver Slugger Award at outfield (2012–16)
- Sporting News Rookie of the Year (2012)
- This Year in Baseball Award for Best Major Leaguer (2016)
- This Year in Baseball Hitter of the Year (2014)
- This Year in Baseball Award for Rookie of the Year (2012)
- Topps Minor League Baseball All-Star (2010)
- USA Today Minor League Player of the Year (2011)
- Wilson American League Defensive Player of the Year (2012)
|Adjusted OPS+ leader||6||2012, 2015–19|
|Bases on balls leader||4||2013, 2016, 2018, 2019|
|Extra base hits leader||2||2014, 2019|
|On-base percentage leader||4||2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|On-base plus slugging leader||3||2015, 2017, 2019|
|Runs batted in leader||2||2014, 2019|
|Runs scored leader||4||2012−14, 2016|
|Slugging percentage leader||3||2015, 2017, 2019|
|Stolen bases leader||1||2012|
|Total bases leader||2||2014, 2019|
|Wins above replacement leader||5||2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019|
|Wins above replacement @ position||6||2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019|
Per Baseball-Reference.com. Through 2019 season.
Trout's exceptional performance at an early age has drawn comparisons with Hall of Famer Ted Williams, and his combination of power and speed to the skillset of Hall of Fame center fielder Mickey Mantle.
Between 2012 and 2019, Trout was first in on-base plus slugging, and was MLB's most productive batter per plate appearance when adjusted for park factors (among all batters who had 1,000 or more plate appearances). During this period Trout combined a high average (.308, third among 464 players), high isolated power (.279, fifth) and high walk rate (15.5%, fourth).
Trout is particularly adept at hitting pitches that are low in the strike zone, but in 2015 acknowledged a vulnerability against high pitches. However, Trout later greatly improved his contact rate and slugging percentage against high fastballs.
In 2014, Trout recorded the most strikeouts ever during an MVP season, and later expressed a wish to reduce his strikeout rate. After having MLB's 14th highest strikeout rate in 2014, Trout improved to 26th in 2015, and 59th in 2016.
Trout has been graded as a roughly average defender across the outfield positions (according to ultimate zone rating) and he is also a valuable baserunner, stealing 142 bases between 2012 and 2016, at a success rate of 83 percent.
Trout's nicknames include "Prince Fish", "God's Gift", "Millville Miracle" and "King Fish 2.0", in reference to retired Angel Tim Salmon. He adopted the nickname "Millville Meteor" after a vandal edited his Wikipedia article and the name caught on.
In February 2014, President Barack Obama used Trout as an analogy for the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill. To emphasize the versatility and utility of the bill, Obama remarked that it was "like Mike Trout, for those of you who know baseball...somebody who's got a lot of tools."
Trout holds season tickets for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League and is friends with their former quarterback, Carson Wentz. He is also an avid supporter of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League and the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association.
On August 23, 2020, a Trout trading card sold for $3.93 million at auction, breaking the record for the most expensive sale price for a sports card previously held by the 1909–1911 T206 Honus Wagner. However, his record did not last long, as a signed Mickey Mantle Topps trading card in mint condition from 1952 was sold for $5.2 million in November 2020.
Trout has been a partner and investor in Bodyarmor SuperDrink, a sports drink, since 2012. In October 2012, he signed a multi-year contract with J & J Snack Foods to endorse SuperPretzel. In 2014, Nike began selling Mike Trout-branded shoes. In October 2014, Trout signed a deal with Topps giving them the exclusive right to sell his autographed baseball cards and making him the face of their digital card collection app. That deal was renewed in 2016 and, in March 2021, he was signed to the largest and longest contract the company had ever signed with any individual athlete. In 2015, Trout appeared in promotional materials for a campaign to spay and neuter pit bulls conducted by the local chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Cumberland County, New Jersey. He has had sponsorship agreements with Subway, Rawlings, and Land Rover.
- 30–30 club
- List of largest sports contracts
- List of Major League Baseball annual runs batted in leaders
- List of Major League Baseball annual runs scored leaders
- List of Major League Baseball annual stolen base leaders
- List of Major League Baseball career OPS leaders
- List of Major League Baseball career on-base percentage leaders
- List of Major League Baseball career slugging percentage leaders
- List of Major League Baseball career home run leaders
- List of Major League Baseball runs records
- List of Major League Baseball players to hit for the cycle
- Major League Baseball titles leaders
- Jazayerli, Rany (September 24, 2013). "Mike Trout's Opening Act". Grantland.com. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
- Verducci, Tom (September 20, 2013). "Mike Trout is the game's best young player since Ted Williams". SI.com. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
- Paine, Neil (April 22, 2014). "Mike Trout And Bryce Harper Are Baseball's Best Young Position-Player Duo Ever". fivethirtyeight.com. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
- Berg, Ted (August 7, 2014). "Happy birthday to Mike Trout, the best young player in Major League history". usatoday.com. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
- "Yearly League Leaders & Records for WAR Position Players". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Mike Trout Stats". Baseball-Reference.com.
- "Active Leaders & Records for SB %". Baseball-Reference.com.
- "Inside the discovery of Mike Trout". ABC7 Los Angeles. August 1, 2018.
- "Jeff Trout Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- "Baseball Announces 2009-10 Recruiting Class". ecupirates.com. Archived from the original on December 6, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- Rosenthal, Ken (May 13, 2012). "How Los Angeles Angels hooked a Trout in draft". Foxsports.com. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- McGarry, Michael (March 30, 2008). "Millville star Mike Trout was born to play". Press of Atlantic City. Archived from the original on January 31, 2016. Retrieved May 15, 2015.(subscription required)
- Condran, Ed. "HOW GOOD IS MIKE TROUT?". Maxim Media Inc. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
- Hyduke, PJ. "Trying to Imagine Mike Trout on the Philadelphia Phillies". Outside Pitch Sports Network LLC. Archived from the original on February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
- "New Jersey hometown in love affair with Angels' Mike Trout". Major League Baseball. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- "Mike Trout — Biography". JockBio. Archived from the original on March 7, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- "In Mike Trout's hometown of Millville, he's just a regular guy". NJ.com. May 11, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- "Millville's Trout just as intense on basketball court". NJ.com. June 5, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- "Mike Trout is New Jersey's finest baseball player". NJ.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- Shelburne, Ramona (July 11, 2010). "Angels' Trout a diamond in the rough". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- Gonzalez, Alden (June 10, 2015). "Brother of Trout's girlfriend drafted by Angels". MLB.com. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Bradley: The Legend of Mike Trout continues to grow". NJ.com. May 28, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- "Mike Trout Baseball Profile – Perfect Game USA". perfectgame.org. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- "Area Code Games Wrap-up". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- Rich Schultz (June 9, 2009). "Millville's Mike Trout picked 25th overall by Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the major league baseball draft". NJ.com. Associated Press. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
- "Cody Decker Wins AZL Player of Year Honors". MiLB.com. November 9, 2009.
- "Cody Decker MiLB's Best Short-Season Hitter". MiLB.com.
- Eddy, Matt (January 18, 2010). "Angels Top 10 Prospects". Baseball America. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
- "Baseball America Top 100 Prospects". Baseball America. February 23, 2010. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
- "Midseason Updated Top 25 Prospects". Baseball America. July 9, 2010. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
- DiGiovanna, Mike (July 13, 2010). "Angels promote top prospect Mike Trout to Rancho Cucamonga". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
- "Trout named 2010 Spink Award winner". MiLB.com. October 27, 2010. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
- "Mike Trout Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights". Minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
- "Keith Law: Top 100 prospects of 2011 (Nos. 1–25)". ESPN.com. February 1, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
- "Breaking down MLB.com's 2011 Top 50 Prospects list". MLB.com. January 25, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
- Garretson, Jordan (July 8, 2011). "Trout makes highly anticipated Majors debut". MLB.com. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- "Torii Hunter homers twice as Angels blow away Michael Pineda, M's". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Mike Trout's first big league homer helps Angels pull away from Orioles". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 24, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Angels OF Mike Trout headed back to minor leagues". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
- "Torri Hunter's 2 HRs help Dan Haren, Angels handle O's". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 19, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Mike Trout's 2 homers lead Angels' rout of Mariners". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- Baxter, Kevin (August 31, 2011). "Mike Trout powers Angels past Mariners, 13–6". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Mike Trout Stats – Los Angeles Angels". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Fans like Trout as top minor leaguer". USA Today. September 6, 2011. p. 24.
Mike Trout won the fan poll with 46% of the 3,271 votes cast at USATODAY.com.
- Baxter, Kevin (September 7, 2011). "Angels FYI: Mike Trout is Minor League Player of the Year". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
- Cooper, J.J. (September 7, 2011). "2011 Minor League Player Of The Year Mike Trout". Baseball America. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
- Cooper, J.J.; Eddy, Matt (September 16, 2011). "2011 Minor League All-Star Team". Baseball America. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
- "Mike Trout Minor League Statistics & History". www.baseball-reference.com. baseball-reference.com. March 28, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
- "Albert Pujols, Mike Trout help Angels rally past Dodgers". ESPN.com. June 11, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Angels cap two-game sweep of Orioles with 13–1 dismantling". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- Gonzalez, Alden (July 23, 2012). "Haren, Angels take rubber match from Rangers". MLB.com. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Mike Trout — Facts". JockBio. Archived from the original on March 7, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- "Jul 10, 2012, NL All-Stars at AL All-Stars Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball Reference. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- "Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim voted American League Rookie of the Month for June". MLB. July 2, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Mike Trout 2012 Baseball Splits". Baseball Reference. Associated Press. May 17, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- Peter Woodburn (May 17, 2013). "Angels' Mike Trout In Elite Company In Rookie Season". SBNation.com. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- "Albert Pujols homers again as Angels edge White Sox in 10". ESPN.com. Associated Press. May 28, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Mike Trout 2012 Batting Gamelogs". Baseball-Reference.com. Associated Press. June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
- Riley Breckenridge (September 9, 2012). "Angels Mike Trout Wins AL Rookie Of The Month, Again". SBNation.com. Associated Press. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
- Aaron Gleeman (September 9, 2012). "Ho hum: Mike Trout did another record-breaking thing/". NBCSports.com. Associated Press. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
- "Bartolo Colon takes shutout into seventh as A's batter Angels". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 7, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
- "Bats go silent as Angels drop finale in Detroit". MLB.com. October 2, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Kendrys Morales' 4 RBIs pace Angels' rout of Mariners". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 31, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Zack Greinke guides Angels to sixth straight win". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 9, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Santana's dominant game is Angels' gain". MLB.com. October 2, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Hunter stuns Rangers in ninth inning of Game 1". MLB.com. September 30, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- Stark, Jayson (October 1, 2012). "Time for year-end awards". ESPN. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- "Jered Weaver first in AL to 20 wins as Angels prevail". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 28, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
- "Mike Trout Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Associated Press. June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
- "Yearly League Leaders & Records for Stolen Bases". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- "Yearly League Leaders & Records for Power-Speed #". Baseball-Reference.com.
- "Robinson Canó Statistics and History". Baseball Reference. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- "Yearly League Leaders & Records for WAR Position Players". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
- "2012 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Batting, Pitching, and Fielding Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Associated Press. June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
- Alden Gonzalez (October 16, 2012). "Mike Trout wins Baseball America Player & Rookie of the Year Awards". MLB.com. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- "Heart & Hustle Award". mlbpaa.mlb.com. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- Michael Dub (May 18, 2013). "MLB Awards: Mike Trout Headlines List of Silver Slugger Winners". Bleacher Report. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
- "The 2012 Awards". ACTA Sports. October 25, 2012. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012.
- Silver, Nate (November 14, 2012). "The Statistical Case Against Cabrera for M.V.P." The New York Times. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
- Schoenfield, David (November 16, 2012). "Cabrera wins on narrative, not numbers". ESPN. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- Caple, Jim (November 15, 2012). "AL MVP: Way too close to call!". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
- Zinser, Lynn. "M.V.P. Voters Trust Their Eyes". The New York Times. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
- Miller, Scott. "Voters knock it out of park by correctly choosing Miguel Cabrera as MVP". CBS Sports. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- Gonzalez, Alden (September 30, 2012). "Hunter stuns Rangers in ninth inning of Game 1". MLB. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- Miller, Scott. "Numbers point to center, but Angels will move Mike Trout back to left". CBS Sports. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- "Mike Trout 2013 Batting Splits". Baseball Reference. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
- "Mike Trout's first career slam helps Angels rout Tigers". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- Gleeman, Aaron (April 30, 2013). "Angels place Peter Bourjos on DL, will activate Erick Aybar". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- Eric Goldstein (June 11, 2013). "Millville graduate Mike Trout has rebounded from sluggish start with Angels". South Jersey Times. NJ.com. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- "Mike Trout hits for cycle, collects 5 RBIs as Angels drub Mariners". ESPN.com. May 21, 2013.
- Alden Gonzalez (May 30, 2013). "Scioscia defends decision to return Trout to left". MLB.com. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- D.J. Short (June 8, 2013). "Angels move Mike Trout back into the leadoff spot, bat Josh Hamilton second". NBCSports.com. Associated Press. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- "Mark Trumbo, Angels knock off Red Sox in opener". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- "Mike Trout to move to left as Peter Bourjos is activated". USA Today. Associated Press. June 11, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
- "Hamilton goes deep as Angels rout Mariners". MLB.com. June 17, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- "Trout leads fresh crop of shining All-Stars". MLB.com. July 15, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- "Daily Mike Trout update: Reaches base 3 times, scores twice in Angels' 7-3 win over Blue Jays". The Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- "2013 Major League Baseball Batting Leaders". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
- "Miguel Cabrera Goes Back-to-Back". bbwaa.com. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
- "Hooked: Mike Trout, Angels settle on one-year, $1 million contract". Sporting News. Associated Press. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
- "Trout, Angels agree to $144.5 million, six-year deal". ESPN.com. Associated Press. March 28, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a $144.5 million, six-year contract that runs through 2020. The Angels announced the deal Friday night...
- Bertha, Mike (April 20, 2014). "'Iron Man' heckles Mike Trout". MLB.com. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
- "Mike Trout hit his first career walk-off home run and the celebration was spectacular". For The Win. May 16, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- Blum, Ronald (July 16, 2014). "Mike Trout Named All-Star Game MVP As AL Tops NL 5-3". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
- Axisa, Mike (July 15, 2014). "Mike Trout named 2014 All-Star Game MVP". CBS Sports. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- "2014 Top Home Runs, True Distance – Full List". ESPN Home Run Tracker Online. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
- "Trout's monster home run". MLB.com Video. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
- "October 5, 2014 American League Division Series (ALDS) Game 3, Angels of Anaheim at Royals | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
- González, Alden (November 14, 2014). "No doubt as Trout unanimous AL MVP Award winner: Outfielder, 23, is first Angel to take home honor since Vlad in 2004". MLB.com. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- Gonzalez, Alden (April 18, 2015). "Trout goes deep; youngest to 100 HRs, 100 SBs". MLB.com. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- Gonzalezwork=MLB.com, Alden (July 14, 2015). "Among All-Stars, Trout again shines brightest". Retrieved July 14, 2015.
- Austin, William; Laymance, Boor (July 14, 2015). "MVP Trout fuels AL's third straight ASG win". MLB.com. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
- "Trout reaches 40-homer plateau for first time". MLB.
- "MLB Wins Above Replacement – 2015". ESPN.
- "Angels' Mike Trout wins fourth Silver Slugger". MLB.
- Berry, Adam (July 16, 2015). "ESPYs honor Jeter, Trout for greatness". MLB.com. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- "2015 Awards Voting". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
- "Josh Donaldson beats out Mike Trout for 2015 American League MVP Award". HardballTalk. November 19, 2015.
- McGuire, Justin (June 22, 2016). "Mike Trout edges Bryce Harper as MLB's best player in SN50 poll". Sporting News. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
- Thurm, Wendy (August 12, 2016). "Mike Trout's numbers prove he's already great and is headed for place among greatest". Sporting News. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
- "Trout claims 'surreal' second AL MVP Award". MLB.com.
- Lee, Allyssa (November 17, 2016). "Trout joins Bonds as only man with five straight top two MVP finishes". Fox Sports. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
- "Mike Trout Stats". January 10, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
- Jones, Kaelen (July 15, 2017). "Angels' Mike Trout returns to lineup from DL". MLB.com. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
- Guardado, María (May 30, 2017). "Mike Trout elects surgery, out 6–8 weeks". MLB.com. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
- Guardado, María (May 31, 2017). "Mike Trout undergoes successful surgery on thumb". MLB.com. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- Rapp, Timothy (July 3, 2017). "Mike Trout will not play in 2017 MLB All-Star Game due to thumb injury". Bleacher Report. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
- McIntosh, Whitney (August 7, 2017). "Mike Trout gets his 1,000th career hit on his 26th birthday". SBNation.com. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
- Bleacher Report Milestones (September 7, 2017). "Mike Trout breaks Los Angeles Angels record for consecutive games with a walk". Bleacher Report. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
- "Mike Trout 2017 batting gamelogs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
- Grossman, Connor (September 30, 2017). "Watch: Mike Trout Belts 200th Career Home Run". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
- Baseball America Press Release (October 5, 2017). "From afterthought to foundation of a winner". Baseball America. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
- "SI's Top 100 MLB Players of 2018: The Top 10". Sports Illustrated. February 15, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
- Joyce, Greg (May 27, 2018). "Mike Trout proves again why he's the greatest show in baseball". New York Post. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
- Guardado, Maria (June 13, 2018). "Trout homers twice, tops MLB with 23 in loss". MLB.com. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
- Baccellieri, Emma (June 20, 2018). "Mike Trout is compiling a historic season and the Angels are wasting it again". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
- Kolur, Nihal (July 8, 2018). "Mookie Betts, Bryce Harper Headline All-Star Rosters". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
- Jorge L. Ortiz (July 17, 2018). "Mike Trout once again shines in MLB All-Star Game". USA Today. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
- Guardado, Maria (August 10, 2018). "Mike Trout to DL with right wrist inflammation". MLB.com. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
- "Major League Leaderboards » 2018 » Batters » Advanced Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball". www.fangraphs.com.
- "Major League Leaderboards » 2018 » Batters » Dashboard | FanGraphs Baseball". www.fangraphs.com.
- Bollinger, Rhett (March 20, 2019). "Trout, Halos make record $400M+ deal official". angels.com. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
- "Patrick Mahomes tops Mike Trout for biggest contract in sports history". ESPN.com. July 6, 2020. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
- Goldman, Charles (July 6, 2020). "Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes becomes first half-billion dollar player in sports history". Chiefs Wire. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
- Matt Kelly (April 8, 2019). "SoCal sluggers nab Player of Week honors: Angels' Trout, Dodgers' Bellinger off to torrid starts". MLB.com. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
- Jesse Yomtov (July 8, 2019). "Mike Trout embraces role as All-Star Game stalwart – while also mourning Tyler Skaggs". USA Today. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
- Ken Rosenthal (July 10, 2019). "Rosenthal: 'He's with me for sure' — Mike Trout honors Tyler Skaggs with dignified All-Star Game tribute". The Athletic. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
- "Mike Trout becomes youngest player to enter the 200-200 club". NBC Sports. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
- "Mike Trout undergoes procedure to address foot issue". MLB. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
- "Trout to have foot surgery, out for rest of season". MLB.com. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
- Zucker, Joseph. "Mike Trout, Christian Yelich Named 2019 Hank Aaron Award Winners". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
- "Trout in historic company with 3rd MVP Award". MLB.com.
- Bollinger, Rhett (September 5, 2020). "Trout hits 300th HR, sets Angels record". MLB.com. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
- Guerrero, Daniel (May 18, 2021). "Trout (calf strain) to IL, could miss 6-8 weeks". MLB.com. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
- Franco, Anthony (June 28, 2021). "Angels Transfer Mike Trout To 60-Day Injured List". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved July 30, 2021.
- Blum, Sam. "Angels star Mike Trout discusses physical, emotional challenges of calf injury: 'I need to get back'". The Athletic.
- "Los Angeles Angels: The mystery of Mike Trout's calf has been solved". August 22, 2021.
- Evans, Luca (September 26, 2021). "Mike Trout confirms he's done for the season; Angels rout Mariners 14-1". Los Angeles Times.
- Verducci, Tom (September 20, 2013). "Mike Trout is the game's best young player since Ted Williams". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- Rosecrans, C. Trent (July 17, 2012). "Al Kaline calls Mike Trout 'an outstanding player,' compares him to Mickey Mantle". CBSSports.com. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
- "Major League Leaderboards » 2019 » Batters » Advanced Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball". www.fangraphs.com. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
- Bonzagni, Michael; Simon, Mark (October 2, 2014). "How do you pitch to Trout/Hosmer?". ESPN. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- Simon, Mark (July 26, 2012). "Mike Trout: "Low-ball specialist"". ESPN. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- DiGiovanna, Mike (February 25, 2015). "Angels' Mike Trout outlines goals for 2015". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- "Mike Trout Fixed His Only Problem". FanGraphs Baseball. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- DiGiovanna, Mike (May 21, 2015). "Angels' Mike Trout hitting high pitches with more authority". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- "Angels coaches see MVP Mike Trout dialing back on strikeouts". Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- "Major League Leaderboards » 2014 » Batters » Dashboard". FanGraphs Baseball. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- "Major League Leaderboards » 2015 » Batters » Dashboard". FanGraphs Baseball. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- "Major League Leaderboards » 2016 » Batters » Dashboard". FanGraphs Baseball. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- "Mike Trout » Statistics » Batting". FanGraphs Baseball. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
- "Mike Trout's excellent weekend will get even better with his wedding on Saturday". MLB. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
- Fletcher, Jeff. "Angels hoping new dad Mike Trout can return Sunday". Orange County Register. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
- Trout, Mike. "Our greatest gift from above • we are so in love! Meet our sweet boy, Beckham Aaron Trout July 30, 2020 • 5:10pm • 7lb 10oz • 20.75in". Twitter. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
- "Angels star Mike Trout snags Newport Beach mansion for $9.15 million". Los Angeles Times. August 13, 2019.
- Schneider, Howard. "Book Review: 'Virtual Unreality' by Charles Seife". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- "Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout is a phenom, but will it last?". ESPN The Magazine. September 20, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
- Gavin, Mike (July 13, 2012). "Phenom Trout brings his talents to Yankee Stadium". Newsday. New York. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- "MLB Fan Cave Article: Top Five Outfield Catches Of 2012". Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
- Townsend, Mark (February 8, 2014). "President Obama compares farm bill to Mike Trout during visit to Michigan". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
- Lombardo, Matt (August 12, 2017). "N.J.'s Mike Trout's new Eagles season tickets have incredible view". New Jersey On-Line LLC. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
- Campitelli, Enrico (January 1, 2017). "Carson Wentz gave football to Mike Trout after throwing a TD". CSN Philly. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
- "The Q&A ... with South Jersey native and MLB superstar Mike Trout". PhillyVoice. May 19, 2017.
- Bieler, Des (August 23, 2020). "Mike Trout trading card sells for almost $4 million, breaks record set by Honus Wagner card". Washington Post. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
- Rovell, Darren (September 20, 2012). "Mike Trout signs first big endorsement deal". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- "SUPERPRETZEL Teams Up With THE SUPERNATURAL, Mike Trout". GlobeNewswire. October 25, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
- Venegas, Natalie. "Mike Trout shoe deal makes history". FOX Sports. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
- Mueller, Rich (October 15, 2014). "Mike Trout Signs New Endorsement Deal with Topps". Sports Collectors Daily. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
- Mueller, Rich (March 22, 2021). "Topps Lands Trout in New, Long-Term Deal". Sports Collectors Daily. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
- Woods, Don E. (March 21, 2015). "Mike Trout to be face of pit bull spay and neuter campaign". NJ.com. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
- Friedman, Josh (February 1, 2013). "Trout stars in Super Bowl ad". The Daily Journal. Archived from the original on September 25, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
- Rovell, Darren (September 20, 2012). "Mike Trout signs first big endorsement deal". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
- Glaser, Kyle (March 19, 2019). "Mike Trout's Path From Top Los Angeles Angels Prospect To $430 Million Deal". Baseball America. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
- Kepner, Tyler; Draper, Kevin (March 19, 2019). "Mike Trout Received a Huge Payday. But Others Still Dwarf Him". The New York Times. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
- Known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim until 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mike Trout.|