Posted May 24, 2013

Watch: Trout clouts monster home run in Kansas City

Home Runs, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Mike Trout
Mike Trout, Angels

Mike Trout’s homer was measured at over 450 feet. (AP)

Did we mention that Mike Trout is heating up? Earlier this week, the 21-year-old Angels phenom hit for the cycle against the Mariners, becoming the youngest player in American League history to do so. On Thursday, he walloped his eighth home run of the month and 10th of the season, and when I say walloped…

Royals centerfielder Lorenzo Cain had no hope of catching that ball, but he turned around because like the rest of us, he wanted to see if it landed. If.

The ESPN Home Run Tracker estimated that homer at 463 feet, making it the longest of Trout’s major league career; this shot off Boston’s Clay Buchholz last Aug. 28 was his previous high, while his 439-foot May 1 dinger off Oakland’s Tommy Milone set his standard for this season. Amazingly, the homer only tied for the 11th-longest of the year, according to the Tracker’s estimate; teammate Mark Trumbo and the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo are tied for first at 475 feet. Trout’s average home run distance of 426.3 feet is good enough to rank fourth in what the Tracker calls its Golden Sledgehammer standings; Justin Upton is first at 427.4 feet, not a whole lot farther.

With his torrid May, Trout is now hitting .302/.378/.582 for an OPS within three points of last year’s mark. The talk of him regressing is true — in that he appears to be regressing toward his true talent level. Including his 2011 stint, his career major league line is a very similar-looking .305/.378/.543.

Trout’s homer was one of four Los Angeles connected for off Royals starter (and former teammate) Ervin Santana in the Angels’ 5-4 win. Santana’s having a very weird season thus far. In nine starts totaling 63 innings — a tidy seven per start — he has put up a 3.14 ERA while allowing 10 homers but walking just nine hitters against 52 strikeouts. He allowed three homers in his first outing as a Royal on April 3, but yielded just three across his next seven starts before Thursday night’s outburst. Overall, Santana’s 1.3 walks per nine ranks second-best in the American League and his 5.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio is third but his 1.4 homers per nine is the ninth-worst. Teammate Jeremy Guthrie is first at 2.0 per nine — a mark Santana put up last year en route to a 5.16 ERA. His 4.02 FIP this year suggests some regression may be in store for him, but he’s been more effective than many (this writer included) expected.

8 comments
BorderDad92
BorderDad92

MT is a very very gifted athlete....there is no denying it.  But for crying out loud....lets stop with the platitudes as if he is the only guy to ever hit a homerun.....and that be a precursor to any hints of MVP. 

When he has done performing at this level for 5 years in a row...then start talking.

That the national press continues to try to inoit this guy as the MVP....again????.....well they may just need something in LA to write about.

Watch Miguel Cabrera play the game.  9 years of hitting plus 300....with 100 RBI's.  This year is even topping his MVP Triple Crown stats of last year.  Hitting +.450 with RISP.....now that is value to the TEAM.  AND did I mention he switched positions and plays 3rd at a high level?

Last I looked...baseball was still a team sport.  A 464 foot HR with no one on base.....well....it is just one run and a bit of hype on ESPN.

Hitting .421, 10 HR's and 27 RBI's in the month of May....and there are still 7 games left......well that is MVP.

If the press is going to start dishing "the Love" around in baseball....just make sure the right guys get their rightful share.

rkolker98
rkolker98

In old (pre-70's reno) Yankee Stadium, that would have been a long double.

ptbnl
ptbnl

@BorderDad92 You certainly have a point.  There are a lot of other guys out there besides Trout and Harper but why the press focuses so much on these two guys, it's hard to understand.  Now, Cabrera is another story - just imagine he is on a pace for a second Triple Crown, something no one has ever done. 

doghockey
doghockey

@BorderDad92 So you are upset about an article written about Mike Trout because it was not written about Miguel Cabrera?

The_Sports_Dude
The_Sports_Dude

@BorderDad92 There is no denying Miguel Cabrera's greatness on the field.  The reason why he doesn't get the same kind of love from the media is due to the DUI arrests and domestic violence.  That the media doesn't continue to bring up his personal life flaws, especially in this day and age of sports/tabloid reporting, is likely because he's the most gifted hitter of his generation.  I guess you have to take the good in with the bad.

doghockey
doghockey

@Wisconsin Death Trip Once again the big words seem to wear you out.  Why the rule about no mention of home runs until a player has hit 500?