Hot dogs don’t last long in the big leagues unless there is some meat to their game and Mike Trout is a perfect example. The Los Angeles Angels’ center midfielder took the Major League Baseball by storm by achieving an amazing feat beyond his age within the small time he has graced the game. Since he was picked in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft by the Los Angeles Angels, the Millville Meteor has continued to soar higher without any sign of backing out.
Thus far in his illustrious career, Mike Trout has won many awards, smashing several records in the process including becoming the first player in the annals of MLB under the age of 22 to hit a leadoff homer in back-to-back games and the youngest player in the history of MLB to reach 100 steals and 100 homers respectively.
Trout Was The Youngest Player To Win The Topps Minor League Player Of The Year
After being picked in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft by the Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout began his professional career at the rookie-level Arizona League with Arizona Angels in 2009 and closed the season at Cedar Rapids Kernels of Class A Midwest League. At Arizona Angels, he made a hit of .360 with a .418 on-base percentage (OBP) and .506 slugging percentage (SLG) with one home run, 25 runs batted in (RBIs), and 13 stolen bases in 187 plate appearances in more than 39 games.
During his stint at Cedar Rapids Kernels, he made hits of .267 over 20 plate appearances in five games. His brilliant record prompted Baseball America to rate him as the 85th best in baseball and Angels’ third-best prospect at the end of the 2009 season. The gifted baseball player had an amazing season the following year at Cedars Rapids, hitting .362 with a .454 OBP and a .526 SLG with six home runs, 39 RBIs, and 45 stolen bases in 82 games.
This earned him a place in the All-Star Futures Game and a promotion to the Class A-Advanced California League with Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. After his prolific 2010 season, the baseball youngster became the youngest player to win the prestigious 2010 J.G. Taylor Spink Award and the Topps Minor League Player of the Year at the age of 19 and was also rated No. 1 by ESPN’s Keith Law 2011 top 100 prospects list.
He Was Awarded The USA Today Minor League Player Of The Year In 2011
Trout began the 2011 season at the Class AA Texas League with the Arkansas Travelers. He recorded a hit of .324 with nine homers, 27 RBIs, and 28 stolen bases in his first 75 games before he earned the Los Angeles Angels promotion on July 8th, 2011 to substitute for the injured Peter Bourjos in center field. On August 30th, 2011, Trout hit two homers off the Mariners pitcher Anthony Vazquez in the top of the second and fourth inning respectively to become the youngest Los Angeles Angels player to hit two home runs in a game.
In his rookie Major League Baseball stint in 2011, he recorded .220 batting average, .281 base percentage, and .390 slugging percentage in his first 40 games. His incredible performance in the minor league with the Arkansas Travelers fetched him the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award. Apart from being named the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year, Millville Meteor was also selected to the Baseball America’s 2011 Minor League All-Star team.
With Los Angeles Angels, The Elite MLB Player Won The Rookie Of The Year Award In 2012
The intrepid baseball superstar kicked off the 2012 season at the Triple-A Pacific Coast League’s franchise, Salt Lake Bees. After hitting a .403 batting average, a .467 on-base percentage, and a .623 slugging percentage in 20 games with Salt Lake, he was recalled from the minors by his parent club, Los Angeles Angels to replace Bobby Abreu on April 28th, 2012.
Interestingly, June 2012 was an amazing month for Mike Trout as he recorded his first three careers four-hit game within one month on the 4th, 19th, and 27th of June. During his first and second career four-hit game, he went 13-for-25 for a .520 batting average with 10-runs scored and four stolen bases. Furthermore, his .372 batting average with three home runs and 16 RBIs in the month of June earned him the American League (AL) Player of the Month and the American League Rookie of the Month Awards.
Trout’s exploits in August 2012 fetched him his fourth American League Rookie of the Month Award and made him the first American League rookie since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 to win four Rookie of the Month Awards in a single season. He broke several Los Angeles Angels and American League Rookie records in 2012 which include becoming the first player in the annals of MLB to hit 30 home runs, steal 45 bases, and score 125 runs in a single season, as well as the youngest player to win the AL Rookie of the Year Award, the first rookie ever to hit 30 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season, and the first player in MLB history under the age of 22 to hit a leadoff homer in back-to-back games.
His Amazing Performance In The 2014 Season Earned Him His First MLB All-Star MVP Award
It’s quite unfortunate that Mike Trout didn’t receive his first American League Most Valuable Player Award in the 2012 and 2013 seasons which he finished as runner-up to Miguel Cabrera twice. Nonetheless, he was unanimously named the 2014 American League Most Valuable Player for his outstanding performance in 2014. He was also named the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player and became the sixth player in the annals of MLB to clinch both the regular season Most Valuable Player and the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player in the same season.
More so, the proficient MLB star continued from where he stopped last season by becoming the youngest player in MLB history to hit 100 homers and 100 stolen bases at the age of 23 years and 253 days in 2015. He subsequently won the 2015 All-Star Game MVP Award to become the first player ever to win it back-to-back. Trout then ended the 2015 season with 41 home runs and 90 RBIs and also finished as the MVP runner-up to Josh Donaldson.
Interestingly, he won the 2016 American League MVP award the following season for the second time in his career and joined Barry Bonds to become the only two players in the annals of MLB to finish in the top two for the Most Valuable Player Awards in five consecutive seasons.
Mike Trout Has Received Silver Slugger Award Seven Times
Mike Trout won his first Silver Slugger award for his terrific performance in the 2012 season. He went on to win it consecutively for the next four seasons (2012-2016). Missing the prestigious award in 2017, the adept baseball player clinched the award back-to-back again in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Apart from being an eight-time Major League Baseball All-Star, the versatile baseball player has also won the American League Most Valuable Player (3x), American League Player of the Month (5x), American League Player of the Week (4x), Major League Baseball All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (2x), AL Hank Aaron Award (2x), ESPY Award for Best Major League Baseball Player, Hearts & Hustle Award, and several others.
His Lucrative Contract Deals Are Proof of His Baseball Success
Because of his astonishing skills and great work ethic, Mike Trout was offered a six-year contract by Los Angeles Angels worth $144.5 million in 2014. The contract comprised of an annual salary of $24 million and a $5 million signing bonus. Prior to becoming a free agent at the completion of his 6-year contract, his amazing career feats earned him a 12-year contract worth $426.5 million in April 2019 with an average salary of $35.5 million and a $20 million signing bonus. This contract with its signing bonus became the richest contract in sports history at the time.
In 2020, Trout’s average annual salary is $49.3 million. In addition to his salary from the MLB, Trout also earns from his own business ventures including a line of products named Trout’s Collection that he created in memory of his late brother-in-law, and good friend, Aaron Cox who died in August 2018. The product which is inscribed “Your game isn’t over yet” is being sold by Tiny Turnip. He also has sponsorship deals with top companies like Nike, Topps, BodyArmor, J&J Snack Foods, Rawlings, and MLB 9 Innings. With his numerous investments and business ventures, Mike Trout’s net worth is estimated at $60 million.
The Baseball Star Is Married To His Teenage Love Jessica Cox
Mike Trout and his wife Jessica Cox met during their teen years. They both grew up in Garden State and attended the same high school, Millville Senior High School, New Jersey. The gifted athlete took their long-term romance to another level when he proposed on June 28th, 2016. The couple got married on December 9th, 2017.
The couple welcomed their son on July 30th, 2020, they named him Beckham Aaron Trout after Aaron Cox, Jessica’s brother and Trout’s great friend who passed on August 15th, 2018 at the age of 24.
Trout’s Wife Is An Elementary School Teacher
Mike Trout’s wife was on October 5th, 1989 in Millville, New Jersey. She obtained her degree in elementary and special education from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania. Jessica works as an elementary school teacher at Dennis Township School Board, in New Jersey. She is also a philanthropist.
Jess Cox and her husband spend a part of their income to fund a host of eleemosynary institutions including Angel Wives Charity events (founded by Los Angeles Angels’ wives), Fill The Boat (that raises money for Los Angeles local fire department), and Golden Ball (that raises money for Special Olympics). She co-founded a charity organization with her husband named Big Brothers/Sisters of Orange County which renders help to orphans, fatherless, and motherless children.