There isn’t a lot left to say about how good Mike Trout is at baseball. Jeff Sullivan did a nice job of demonstrating one specific area of his amazement: his base running.

Mike Trout is fast and Mike Trout can gear up for the fastball but still manages to sit back when he gets an off-speed pitch and ohmygod is he good.

The above video isn’t as spectacular as most Mike Trout highlight reels. It simply shows Mike Trout doing a series of things which, when strung together, demonstrate the wide range of his skills:

  1. Hitting a pitch thrown exactly where the pitcher intends.
  2. Despite getting a tough pitch down and away, Trout has the strength and bat speed to hit it 370 feet to the opposite field on a line, over the head of a very fast center fielder.
  3. Cruising into third base for a stand up triple. “Cruising” meaning looking as though he could have walked from second base and still made it without a throw.

Lots of guys are fast. Lots of guys have plate coverage. Lots of guys are strong. How many are all that in one package?

Comments (3)

  1. “Shortening up with two strikes”. Count says 1-0?

  2. I am a little jealous.

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