Mike Trout was limited to 134 games last year, missing the last three weeks with a ... foot. But he still managed to hit a career-best 45 home runs.
All 45 of those home runs were compiled in one nice and tidy video on MLB.com, something to enjoy while we wait for baseball to return.
Those home runs last year ranged from 374 feet (off Aaron Brooks, on July 27) to 473 feet (off Jakob Junis, on May 18), and had exit velocities as low as 96.8 mph (off Brooks) and as high as 114.4 mph (done twice, of Mike Leake on May 31 and Roenis Elias on July 20).
Trout ranked second in the American League with those 45 home runs in 2019, three behind Jorge Soler, and was still tied for the lead with just two days remaining in the season despite all that missed time. Trout has four top-4 finishes in home runs in his career, and is closing in on another milestone.
Of Trout’s 285 career home runs, 280 were hit since the start of the 2012 season, ranking him third in the majors, behind only Edwin Encarnacion (297) and Nelson Cruz (295). Trout is closing in becoming the first Angels player to reach 300 home runs. Tim Salmon, at 299, is the only one ahead of Trout on the franchise leaderboard.
Perhaps next year when we see the montage of Trout home runs, a franchise milestone will be in the group.