Mike Trout Earns 4th AL Player Of The Month Award

Updated: May 3, 2017

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim superstar centerfielder Mike Trout has done it yet again. It will certainly not be the last time those words will be said, either. There is no doubt about that. Trout received the American League Player of the Month distinction for April after putting up the best start to his career—ever. No joke. Suffice to say, that is something else. Trout seems to never miss a beat, but to make that argument may seem far-fetched to some. But it is not far-fetched whatsoever.

The 25-year-old freak of nature put up a hefty .364/.443/.707 stat line last month. Additionally, the Halos’ outfielder smacked seven long balls and tallied 18 RBIs in total. Trout’s OPS in April was a lofty 1.151, which was a career best for said month. What is more is that the previous numbers were also career highs for the first month of the year. Trout (to no surprise) picked up five stolen bases as well. He is doing it all. He is just being himself. It’s nothing new, really.

Trout ended April on an extremely strong note in another regard, too. He completed it with a 14-game hitting streak. The already impressive streak was brought up to 15 yesterday night in Seattle.

According to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register, he beat out Yankees’ outfielder Aaron Judge for the award. Judge posted a robust .303/.411/.750 line and clubbed 10 round-trippers in April. But it was just not enough to overtake the face of the Angels’ franchise. However, the Yankees’ young talent was named the AL’s Rookie of the Month as a consolation prize of sorts.

This was Mike’s fifth full April, for he became the Halos’ everyday centerfielder on April 28, 2012. He was given the full-time job essentially after former outfielder Bobby Abreu struggled mightily out of the gate that year. Number 27 has held that spot ever since.

What is interesting to point out is that Trout has now tied 5-time All-Star Chuck Finley for the most monthly awards in the history of the franchise. At this rate, the New Jersey native will easily surpass Finley’s total. It could very well happen this year. It is definitely plausible.

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