Lance McCullers

Mike Trout hits 40th homer of season

Mike Trout hits 40th homer of season

Mike Scioscia will never forget that 2009 summer day in Angel Stadium when Mike Trout, 17 years old and only weeks removed from his senior year at Millville (N.J.) High School, gave the team a taste of what was to come.

“He was hitting balls to the opposite field with a wood bat, seven or eight rows up in the right-field seats, which you just don't see high school kids do,” Scioscia said. “The scouts were telling us, ‘You've got to see this kid when he grows up.' What was it, two years later, when he grew up and was 19 and in the big leagues?”

Though Trout, a first-round pick in 2009, showed good power potential then, the most home runs he ever...