Of course he did: Mike Trout homered on his 21st birthday


Because simply being the best player in the league as a 20-year-old wasn’t nearly enough for Mike Trout, the Angels outfielder celebrated his 21st birthday last night by homering against the A’s.

ESPN’s stats department found that Trout joins Ted Williams, Frank Robinson, Alex Rodriguez, and Jason Heyward as the only players to homer on their 21st birthday since 1939.

Which goes nicely with Trout joining Williams, Rodriguez, and Mel Ott as the only 20-year-olds with an OPS above 1.000.

Trout has played 88 games since being called up by the Angels in late April and prorating his numbers for a full, 162-game season looks like this: .348 batting average, .409 on-base percentage, .601 slugging percentage, 1.009 OPS, 37 homers, 38 doubles, 10 triples, 68 walks, 66 steals, 110 RBIs, 161 runs.


Johan Camargo will start season on disabled list

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Braves third baseman Johan Camargo will begin the regular season on the disabled list with a strained side and back, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Camargo suffered the injury last week in a Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays and hasn’t played since.

With Camargo out, Rio Ruiz will likely play third base in his place, as well Charlie Culberson and Danny Santana. O’Brien notes that had Camargo not been injured, the Braves likely would’ve left Ruiz off the roster in favor of an extra outfielder or third catcher.

Camargo had a solid rookie season for the Braves in 2017, batting .299/.331/.452 across 82 games. Ruiz did not fare as well, batting .193/.283/.307 in 53 games.