On this date five years ago, Mike Trout changed the face of the Angels franchise – 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.

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