On this date five years ago, Mike Trout changed the face of the Angels franchise – Orange County Register
Mike Trout debuted in the major leagues in 2011, but he arrived in 2012.
To be precise, on April 28, 2012 — five years ago Friday.
That was the day the Angels inserted the 20-year-old into the starting lineup. Just called up from Triple-A, Trout then began to make a quick transition from “talented prospect” to “superstar of historic proportion.”
Each time he made a great catch or hit a home run or even beat out a routine ground ball, people took notice that they were seeing something different. He was a 6-foot-2, 230-pound mountain of an athlete, built like a linebacker, with power to hit the ball out of the park to any field and blazing speed.
The Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates with Mike Trout after they scored on a C.J. Cron double in the sixth inning Wednesday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout catches a fly ball by Baltimore Orioles’ J.J. Hardy during the first inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, slides to score as Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris waits for the ball in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, in Oakland, Calif. Trout scored on a sacrifice fly by Torii Hunter. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout leaps to snag a fly ball from Seattle Mariners’ Leonys Martin at the wall in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Seattle. One run scored on the sacrifice fly. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
The Angels’ Mike Trout fields a ball against the Seattle Mariners Friday. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, steals third base as New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley attempts to tag him out as umpire Clint Fagan, center, watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank…