Mike Trout connected with the manufacturer Old Hickory on a bat deal early on in his career. Trout bats used in the minor leagues exclusively will be those that are the solid-blonde variety. Trout began using two-toned Old Hickory bats most of the time in 2011, when he split the season between the minors and his debut season with the Angels. During that year, Rawlings/Adirondack did attempt to convert Trout to a bat deal, sending him several bats to try. So, a few of these gamers were used in the Majors in '11, though Trout did not end up switching over permanently.
For his 2012 rookie season, Trout only used two-tone (black barrel with blonde handle) Old Hickory bats. There were, allegedly, only about 50 total bats ordered by Trout during that entire year, which is about 1/5 of the average order totals by most Major Leaguers, making them tough to locate by comparison.
Many Trout professional model bats were often prepared with a twisted wrap of tape around the knob end, which extends about 3-4 inches up the handle. In addition, you will find well-used gamers with a heavy coat of Mota Stick, typically with a very red or brownish tint, extending from the bottom handle and up about 7-8 inches. The longer the bat is used, the heavier the coat, with a lighter coat transfer located near the center brand.
In recent times, Trout has been applying Lizard Skins tape to more of his bats, which has become popular with many current players. Most Trout bats are made with a cupped end and, while some of his early gamers do, many of his bats do not exhibit Trout's uniform number "27" on the knob. Instead, they often have his initials "MT" notated in pencil.
Through a hobby representative, Trout has produced autographed, game-used equipment during his first few seasons, which includes documented bats used for specific home runs.
Michael Nelson "Mike" Trout (August 7, 1991 - ) began his career as a pitcher and a shortstop, but was moved to the outfield in his senior year in high school and hit 18 home runs. Having originally been overlooked by Major League teams, Mike played at East Carolina University until the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim took him with the 25th overall pick of the 2009 MLB Draft. In four minor league seasons at various levels, Trout had a .342 batting average with 382 hits and 134 RBI and became the top MLB prospect in America in 2011. His Major League debut came that season with the Angels as he played 40 games, hitting .220 with five home runs and 16 RBI. The 2012 season was a break out season for Trout as he was a leading contender for the American League Most Valuable Player Award, AL Rookie of the Year and earned his first All-Star Game selection. Mike Trout led the AL in runs scored (129) and stolen bases (49) and easily ran away with the AL Rookie of the Year Award while also winning the Silver Slugger Award for left field. Unfortunately for Trout, he lost out on the 2012 AL MVP Award to the Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera who captured the coveted Triple Crown – the first to accomplish the feat since Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. He lost to out to Cabrera for a second straight year in 2013 AL MVP voting after hitting .323 with 27 home run and led the American League in runs (109) and walks (110). He also walked away with his second of three consecutive Silver Slugger Awards. In 2014, Mike Trout once again wowed Southern California fans as he blasted 36 HRs and led the league in runs scored (115) for a third straight year, RBI (111) and total bases (338) to win the 2014 AL MVP. (Cabrera finished 9th). He won the award for the second time in 2016. In fact, between 2012-2016, Mike Trout finsihed either first or second in American League MVP voting.
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