With four RBI already and a stolen base to his credit, Trout had already put forth an outstanding effort.
His night, however, was not quite over.
Trout took a Lucas Luetge offering and deposited it over the fence in right-center field for a solo home run. The hometown crowd roared, knowing that Trout had performed something very rare indeed.
Trout hit for the cycle, becoming the first Angel to achieve the feat since Chone Figgins on Sept. 16, 2006.
According to ESPN, at 21 years and 188 days old, Trout is the youngest player in American League history to hit for the cycle.
2013 Mike Trout
|1997 Alex Rodriguez||21-313||Mariners|
|1964 Jim Fregosi||22-115||Angels|
According to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register, Trout’s achievement was historic in nature as well:
At age 21, Mike Trout is the youngest player to hit for the cycle since Mel Ott did it at age 20 in 1929. #Angels— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) May 22, 2013
ESPN was quick to point out that in recent times, Trout’s feat, considering his age, is also rare:
Mike Trout: 1st player 21 or younger to hit for cycle since Alex Rodriguez in 1997— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 22, 2013
ESPN also gives us this interesting fact:
Mike Trout is 3rd-youngestto hit for cycle since 1930. Only 2 younger-- Arky Vaughan (1933, age 21), Cesar Cedeno (1972, age 21)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 22, 2013
Okay, so enough about his age—what’s next for Trout?
I’m inclined to agree.
Trout’s 4-for-5, five-RBI night was certainly a boost for his season stats as well; he's now hitting .293 with nine home runs and leads the team with 34 RBI.
This well could be the kick-start that Trout needed. While it’s difficult to say he was going through an early-season slump, his numbers certainly weren’t what were expected, considering the stratospheric stats he posted in his rookie year.
Spencer is absolutely right, the all-time cycle record could easily be in Trout’s sights. At just 21 years old and blessed with great speed, he absolutely has the tools to challenge the mark. In addition, Trout’s special night could also be the catalyst the Angels needed to pull them out of the doldrums as well.
Make no mistake about it—it’s not going to be Albert Pujols or Josh Hamilton that drives this Angels team. Their production is certainly important for the cause, as are the contributions of the other 22 players on the roster.
But Trout is the Angels’ Red Bull. His energy on the field is what drives this offense.
And on this night, Trout proved that he has only just begun.
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