Mike Trout competed at Cooperstown Dreams Park in 2003 and 2004. He was a member of the 2003 Millville Thunderbolts during week 6 and the 2004 South Jersey Sand Sharks during week 9.
Mike's baseball career continued after competing at Cooperstown Dreams Park, including being a four-year starter on the Millville Senior High School's (Millville, NJ) varsity baseball team. During his high school campaign, Mike posted winning numbers on the mound and at the plate. As a junior (2008), Mike earned All-State honor with an 8-2 pitching record, 1.77 ERA, 124 strikeouts and only 40 walks. That same season, he hit .530 with nine home runs and 35 RBI. His senior year (2009), Mike threw for a 5-1 record with a 1.71 ERA while batting .531 with 49 runs, 45 RBI, 19 stolen bases, and a state-record 18 home runs. Mike was selected the Press Player of the Year in 2009.
Mike, who made an early commitment to East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) to play baseball, was the 26th pick in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Mike made the jump to professional baseball, playing in the Arizona Rookie League with the Arizona Angels (Tempe, AZ) in 2009 then with the Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels (Cedar Rapids, IA). He started the 2010 season with Cedar Rapids and finished with the Class A+ Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Rancho Cucamonga, CA). The 2011 season started with the AA Arkansas Travelers (Little Rock, AR). Rising quickly through the minor leagues, the outfielder was promoted to the majors, making his debut with the Los Angeles Angels on July 8, 2011. Mike was honored with the 2011 Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year.
Mike began the 2012 season with the AAA Salt Lake Bees (Salt Lake City, UT). After just 20 games and three weeks into the season, he was called up by the Angels again where he remained for the rest of the season. Mike completed the year with a .326 batting average, 30 home runs, and 83 RBI, while leading the major leagues with 49 stolen bases and 129 runs scored. He was selected to the 2012 All Star Game and became the first rookie to be named Baseball America's Player of the Year. He also won Baseball America's Rookie of the Year honors, becoming the first player to be honored with both awards. Mike completed the 2012 season with American League Rookie of the Year and Silver Slugger honors.