News flash: Mike Trout is really, really fast
When Trout beat out a grounder to the shortstop hole for a run-scoring infield single in the Angels’ six-run sixth-inning against the Texas Rangers Wednesday night, third-base coach Dino Ebel timed him at 3.82 seconds.
That was the Angels’ fastest time this season and faster than any other player Ebel has clocked except Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki, who has gone home to first in 3.78 seconds.
But Ichiro is left-handed and is usually leaning toward first base when he makes contact. Trout, the 19-year-old center fielder, bats right-handed.
“The Texas players were all looking at each other like, ‘Wow,’ ” said Ebel, who uses a stopwatch to time every batter to first.
A typical home-to-first time for right-handed hitters is 4.3 seconds. For left-handed hitters, it’s about 4.2 seconds. Bourjos’ times are in the 3.87-second range.
“A good time for me was 4.82 seconds,” joked Angels' Manager Mike Scioscia, the former Dodgers catcher. “From the right side, 3.82 seconds is as good as you’re going to see.”
-- Mike DiGiovanna
Photo: Angels rookie Mike Trout hits a run-scoring single against the Oakland Athletics on July 15. Credit: John G. Mabanglo / EPA