What is it about Fridays and MLB Debuts? On June 10 we celebrated Mike Moustakas Day here at the Sombrero, and just one week later we celebrated Dustin Ackley Day. Today we are thrilled to celebrate another prospect debut: Mike Trout.
Ranked as The Golden Sombrero’s No. 2 Prospect headed into the 2011 season, Trout has done everything (and more) at Double-A to deserve the call to the Big Leagues. At the time of his promotion, the 19-year-old outfielder was slashing .324/.415/.534 with 12 doubles, 11 triples, nine home runs, 27 RBI and 28 stolen bases.
However, like most Trout enthusiasts (namely MTD over at Off-Base Percentage), none of us sincerely expected his arrival until this time next season – maybe a bit earlier. But after a hamstring injury to fellow speedster Peter Bourjos during last night’s game, the door officially opened for Trout.
So, to usher in the Mike Trout Era, here are several videos of the phenom in action from the last two years. I’m now more excited about his debut than seeing Jeter collect his 3,000th hit (to an extent). Regardless, this is a great day to be a baseball fan.
And cue the celebratory tunes: