Trout came from small beginnings

Trout came from small beginnings

Mike Trout, OF, Angels
Hometown: Vineland, N.J.

The "Millville Meteor" can call south New Jersey his galaxy.

Trout, the Angels' superstar 23-year-old center fielder from Millville, N.J., has soared in the Major Leagues and will likely collect his first American League MVP trophy this season. But as a student at Millville High School, Trout was both a basketball and baseball player, appearing as a shortstop and pitcher in addition to his now customary outfield position. In his senior season, he set the New Jersey record with 18 home runs.

He committed to play at East Carolina University before the Angels plucked him with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. Trout's father, Jeff, played collegiately at the University of Delaware and was selected in the fifth round in 1983, playing four seasons of Minor League ball.

Trout's old stomping grounds now bear his name, with Mike Trout Field being named a year ago.

Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.