The last teenager who played major league baseball was Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, who hit .221 in 140 at-bats in 2007. Upton was 23 days away from turning 20 years old when he began his career with the Diamondbacks.
New Jersey's now 19-year old Millville High School graduate Mike Trout will be getting his opportunity. The Los Angeles Angels recalled him from Double A Arkansas after regular center fielder Peter Bourjos strained a hamstring in Thursday's Angels game against the Seattle Mariners.
Trout received the phone call from the majors around 1 a.m. and called his family soon thereafter. According to the Press of Atlantic City, Trout's father Jeff Trout said. "We haven't even slept yet. He was just so excited. We're all so happy." Trout's parents, brother, girlfriend and financial advisor have flights scheduled for California to see his Major League debut.
Jeff Trout has brought headlines to Millville and the Trout family in his own right. The Press of Atlantic City reports that Jeff Trout played four years in the farm system of the Minnesota Twins in the early 1980s, including two seasons for current Phillies manager Charlie Manuel on the AA Orlando Twins.ESPN calls Mike Trout the No. 1 prospect in baseball, with the teenager’s speed, size (6-feet-2, 220 pounds), defense and hitting receiving rave reviews from scouts.
USA Today reports that Trout, the 25th overall draft pick in 2009, was hitting .324 with a .415 on-base percentage, 12 doubles, 11 triples, nine home runs and 28 stolen bases in Arkansas of the Texas League.
According to NJ.com, Trout won the JG Taylor Spink Award as the Topps MLB 2010 Player of the Year, joining such company as Buster Posey (2009) and Josh Beckett (2001).
Trout will turn 20-years-old in 30 days.
The Angels’ game starts at 10:05 p.m. and is being televised on the MLB Network in some areas.