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Friday, June 27, 2014

Mike Trout belts 489-foot home run

Mike Trout set team and stadium records for home run distance Friday, belting a 489-foot tape-measure solo shot to center field in the first inning of the Los Angeles Angels’ game against the Kansas City Royals.

 

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 27, 2014 at 09:56 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: June 28, 2014 at 02:15 AM (#4737884)
Mike Trout's really good at baseball.
   2. A triple short of the cycle Posted: June 28, 2014 at 09:11 AM (#4737910)
I sure wish the Athletics drafted Mike Trout.
   3. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: June 28, 2014 at 09:29 AM (#4737914)
I'm a communist. He should share some of that talent.
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: June 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM (#4737951)
I assume balls go to that part of Kaufman pretty much never?
   5. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: June 28, 2014 at 12:04 PM (#4737954)
Someone do a study on why I'm so bad at judging how far fly balls go.
   6. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: June 28, 2014 at 12:16 PM (#4737968)
I sure wish the Athletics drafted Mike Trout.


I'm just glad the Yankees didn't.


Oh, and in the first round in 2009 the Mariners drafted . . . Dustin Ackley.
   7. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 28, 2014 at 12:37 PM (#4738013)
I'm just glad the Yankees didn't.


You may be alluding to this but Trout was drafted with the compensation pick for the Yankees signing Teixeira.

And holy #### what a ####### bomb.
   8. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: June 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM (#4738043)
You may be alluding to this but Trout was drafted with the compensation pick for the Yankees signing Teixeira.



A persistent rumor had been bruited also that if he was still hanging around four picks later they were going to take him. They ended up with Slade Heathcott instead.
   9. PreservedFish Posted: June 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM (#4738044)
I endorse Kurkjian's comment, which was basically: "He's like Bo Jackson except really good at baseball."
   10. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 28, 2014 at 01:52 PM (#4738146)
I went back and read Trout's scouting report on Baseball America from when he was drafted. It was pretty unflattering, which is kinda surprising considering his spectacular raw power and very good speed, but I suppose that explains why he was taken as low as he was.
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft/news/2009/268323.html
   11. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: June 28, 2014 at 02:01 PM (#4738160)
Trout's frame and skill set draws comparisons to Aaron Rowand, but he's a faster runner—he runs the 60-yard dash in 6.5 seconds. He has good range and instincts in center field and plenty of arm for the position. Trout's bat is not a sure thing, but he has a chance to be a solid-average hitter with average or better power. Like Rowand, Trout is a grinder who always plays the game hard.


Aaron Rowand? Really?
   12. base ball chick Posted: June 28, 2014 at 02:06 PM (#4738172)
i didn't realize aaron rowand was such a large man - i take that back - didn't realize trout isn't a good 6-4. but ballplayers don't lie and say they are SHORTER than they are

and this is why scouting/statting is like playing poker, right?
   13. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 28, 2014 at 03:37 PM (#4738399)
Comparing a guy drafted 25th overall to Rowand isn't that unflattering. Only 7 players drafted there have been better and Trout himself is one of them. A faster Rowand is a pretty good ballplayer.

Obviously that's a serious undersell on Trout but at the same time that seems to have been the consensus.
   14. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: June 28, 2014 at 03:47 PM (#4738402)
You may be alluding to this but Trout was drafted with the compensation pick for the Yankees signing Teixeira.


A persistent rumor had been bruited also that if he was still hanging around four picks later they were going to take him.


The Angels had back-to-back picks (24/25), and Trout was the higher player on their board.

Tesh signing or no, the Yankees never had a shot at Trout once the Angels decided he was who they wanted ...
   15. PreservedFish Posted: June 28, 2014 at 04:08 PM (#4738410)
Obviously that's a serious undersell on Trout but at the same time that seems to have been the consensus.


Opinions on Trout were mixed, and his New Jersey origin seems to have been a contributing factor. I think that many scouts couldn't quite believe that he was as good as he appeared to be.
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2014 at 06:24 PM (#4738526)

I assume balls go to that part of Kaufman pretty much never?


More women land in the fountains than home run balls.
   17. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: June 28, 2014 at 09:45 PM (#4738597)
No knock on Rowand, who as you say, Jose, was a good player, but from the moment Trout walked onto a big league field, he looked like a brick house. Presumably he filled out a bit between that scouting report and his debut. Definitely Mantlesque rather than Rowandy.
   18. Bunny Vincennes Posted: June 29, 2014 at 12:32 AM (#4738644)
My grandfather who has been a well traveled baseball fan for 80+ years called me after seeing the Trout homerun on Baseball Tonight or maybe the MLB network. He asked if I had seen it, and I hadn't but quickly found it on the internet. He said, "Well pay attention, he's this generation's Micky Mantle. I saw Foxx, and Wilson, Williams, and DiMaggio, but Mantle was different, this kid. He's like that." It was a great conversation. His favorite player as a kid was Hornsby when the Raja came over to the Cubs. My grandfather grew up very poor his father and his brother both killed working for the railroad, and he like that he felt Raj always played angry, he knew what going to work angry every day was like, but he played with an elegance that my grandfather remembered also. He went from pumping gas in the 1920's to being a millionaire oil exec. What an interesting life. I don't know if I want to get that old.
   19. Zach Posted: June 29, 2014 at 01:44 AM (#4738662)
Certainly the longest home run I can remember at Kauffman Stadium. During his big year, I remember McGwire hitting huge bombs in batting practice that were that range or a little shorter.
   20. Matt Welch Posted: June 29, 2014 at 06:35 AM (#4738681)
"He's like Bo Jackson except really good at baseball."

Doesn't nearly have Bo's arm, though it's much improved this year.

He said, "Well pay attention, he's this generation's Micky Mantle.

My dad, a 75-year-old Angels fan who saw Mantle play a lot in early '60s New York, has been telling me this from the beginning.

   21. bfan Posted: June 29, 2014 at 07:21 AM (#4738687)
He said, "Well pay attention, he's this generation's Micky Mantle.


Then I only hope Trout's major vice is Subway sandwiches, and not demon alcohol. I kind of feel he is owed 2 MVP's, kind of like Utley is.
   22. Shredder Posted: June 30, 2014 at 06:16 PM (#4740267)
Opinions on Trout were mixed, and his New Jersey origin seems to have been a contributing factor. I think that many scouts couldn't quite believe that he was as good as he appeared to be.
Maybe guys from the wrong places are the new market inefficiency. The Kings got Anze Kopitar with a pick outside the top 10, despite being one of the highest ranked skaters in the draft, because he was from Slovenia, and well, there'd never been an NHLer from Slovenia, so Kopitar couldn't have been that good. He's the best player (and has been since his NHL debut) on the team that just won two of the last three Stanley Cups. Maybe drafting based on where a guy is from is overrated.
   23. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: June 30, 2014 at 06:37 PM (#4740292)
I think you see a related phenomenon with age vs. level discussions of prospects. "He hit .250/.300/.400, but he's a good prospect because he's only 19 playing at AA." "Joe Smith hit .350/.450/.700 at AAA, but he's 28, so who cares." To some extent, performance is performance.
   24. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: June 30, 2014 at 08:06 PM (#4740342)
You may be alluding to this but Trout was drafted with the compensation pick for the Yankees signing Teixeira.

Shoulda been the Brewers'. Sabathia > Teixeira. I'm happy with Eric Arnett, though, so it's cool.
   25. Shredder Posted: June 30, 2014 at 10:07 PM (#4740422)
Except as mentioned above, it wouldn't have been the Brewers anyway. The Angels had consecutive picks, and had Trout rated higher than Grichuk. If they'd had one pick, it would have been Trout.
   26. Ron J2 Posted: June 30, 2014 at 10:48 PM (#4740442)
Hmm. Earlier post seems to have been eaten.

#23 Age really matters with prospects because most aren't good enough to play without improvement. For players who need to improve even a single year is huge. Yeah, most people overrate the chances that any given young player will in fact improve but even so, that extra year gives a critical extra chance.

If a player is in fact (something close to) a finished product age matters less.

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