Mike Trout hits for cycle, becomes youngest AL player to do so
It's not very often baseball fans are treated to a player hitting for the cycle. Getting four hits in one game is hard enough of as it is, and notching a single, double, triple and home run is especially impressive. But last year's American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout did just that on Monday night, becoming youngest player in AL history to accomplish the feat, reports The Associated Press.
The 21-year-old athlete has been among the best players in the league since joining the Los Angeles Angels last season. He finished second to Miguel Cabrera in the AL MVP vote in 2012, and his stellar defense and intimating plate presence have caused many fans to anoint him as the future of baseball. Trout's latest accomplishment came in dramatic fashion. He started with a single before tripling in the fourth and doubling in the sixth. Then, he came to bat in the eighth needing a homer for the cycle, and he got it.
"It was one of those nights," Trout told the AP. "I didn't really think about it until about the eighth inning. And when I got on deck, I started feeling it a little bit."
Trout is well on his way to a stellar sophomore campaign. He's hitting .293 with nine home runs and 34 runs batted in so far this season, so it won't be a surprise to see him in the MVP conversation later this year.