On this date five years ago, Mike Trout changed the face of the Angels franchise (Photos) – 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)
The Angels’ Mike Trout poses during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium Friday. (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 Franklin II)
Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout catches a fly ball hit by Cleveland Indians’ Aaron Cunningham in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 28, 2012, in Cleveland. The Angels won 2-1. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim catches a fly ball in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 24, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounds third base on his way to scoring on an RBI single by Kendrys Morales against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 27, 2012 in Seattle, Washington..ÊThe Angels defeated the Mariners 4-2. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
The Angels’ Mike Trout steals second base in the seventh inning during the Halos’ game against the Texas…