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Mike Trout is really, really fast

May 2, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

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Mike Trout isn’t the fastest man in baseball because that honor likely goes to Reds prospect Billy Hamilton, but the Angels phenom is still pretty damn fast.

How fast, exactly? Last night Trout beat out a bunt down the third base line despite Twins third baseman Danny Valencia playing him to bunt and did so while getting to first base in ridiculous time.

Angels third base coach Dino Ebel times runners with a stop watch and told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that Trout went from the batter’s box to first base in 3.53 seconds.

That’s insanely fast for a right-handed hitter and as Saxon notes the legend of a young, Trout-aged Mickey Mantle included him getting to first base in 3.5 seconds from the right side of the plate.

Prior to being called up last week Trout stole 57 bases per 150 games in the minors along with hitting .342. Oh, and he’s 20 years old.

  1. tjm843 - May 2, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    That is one fast fish.

  2. joelwrobinson - May 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Too bad he sucks in every other aspect of the game at the big league level.

    • sabatimus - May 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Just a TAD bit early to be saying that.

      • cltjump - May 2, 2012 at 8:56 PM

        Don’t stop the internet by using logic!

  3. fongo51 - May 2, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    He is fun to watch!

  4. sabatimus - May 2, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    I remember seeing Jacoby Ellsbury hit a routine ground ball to short for the first time–the shortstop handled it routinely, threw to first, and Ellsbury was safe. I was completely dumbstruck. If Trout’s faster that than, holy crap.

    • mordecofe - May 2, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      He did! To Elvis Andrus, no less. Who is, of course, famed for his defense/arm.

      http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_07_20_texmlb_anamlb_1&mode=box&c_id=ana#gid=2011_07_20_texmlb_anamlb_1&mode=video

      It’s the 2nd hit in the “Angels’ six-run sixth” video.

  5. SmackSaw - May 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I’ve been watching baseball for 35 years. I’ve never seen anyone get down the line as fast as Trout did last night. He was 3 full strides past the bag before the throw got there. Fastest I’ve ever seen.

    • chumthumper - May 3, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      I read somewhere that Satchell Paige could turn out the light and get in bed before the room got dark.

      • SmackSaw - May 3, 2012 at 11:28 AM

        LOL! I saw Bugs Bunny pitch a ball, and after it was hit, run to the top of the Empire State Building to catch it.

      • Jeremy T - May 4, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        Satchel Paige? Really? Hm, I thought I remembered that being Cool Papa Bell.

  6. paperlions - May 2, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    You know who else is fast?

    Yadier Molina.

    Stole 2 bases last night. Stole 2nd without a throw (yep, he’s THAT fast), and stole 3rd as the front end of a double steal.

  7. cosanostra71 - May 2, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Trout is awesome! And the way the rest of the offense has been playing this year only makes him more enjoyable to watch.

  8. natstowngreg - May 2, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Plus, he has potential to hit 20-25 homers a year. And play quality defense. Other reasons why the prospect hounds had trouble deciding whether Trout or Bryce Harper is the better prospect.

  9. threeskis - May 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Tony Campana of the Cubs…the kid is blazing….game changer with his speed from the left side

  10. sosascork - May 3, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Good hustle, kid! : Catch the video here:

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