Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout doubled for his 1,000th major-league hit Monday, and later added a solo homer to go 2-for-4 on his 26th birthday.
The Baltimore Orioles won the game, 6-2.
Trout has homered on his birthday four times in his six-year MLB career, doing so in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. While that’s just a fun fact, the two-time American League MVP has an undeniably impressive resume — and it really started in the Midwest League.
In 2010 — Trout’s second professional season — he batted .362 with six homers, 39 runs batted in, 45 stolen bases, and 76 runs scored in 81 games with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. That earned him a promotion to High-A in early July, and he later was named the Midwest League MVP and Prospect of the Year for that season.
Trout missed over a month of playing time this season because of a thumb injury, but has been typically impressive while healthy. He is batting .346 with 23 HR, 52 RBI and 13 SB in 68 games with the Angels this season.