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Mike Trout tries to make a quick difference with Angels

Outfielder, 19, was clocked in 3.53 seconds going from home to first base Tuesday and the club is hoping he can display that speed some more by getting on base out of the leadoff spot.

May 02, 2012|By Eric Sondheimer

Turning heads is what 20-year-old outfielder Mike Trout has done in the minor leagues. Now he's trying to make an impact with the Angels, and those who saw his tremendous burst of speed on a bunt single Tuesday against Minnesota got a glimpse at one of his strengths.

"That's as good as it gets," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "I've seen guys who can fly. He's in a class that's as fast as I've ever seen."

Trout was clocked running from home to first in 3.53 seconds by third base coach Dino Ebel.

"I was just doing my thing," Trout said. "The speed game is definitely huge. For me, I like running. It's part of my game. I felt I got out of the box quick and was busting down the line."

The Angels have been searching for a leadoff hitter to get on base, and Trout could be that player.

"I definitely like the leadoff role, doing my job, getting on base and scoring," he said.

Search for consistency

After throwing his first major league shutout since 2003, pitcher Jerome Williams wants to build upon his success after his 4-0 win against the Twins on Tuesday.

"It felt good to go out there and pitch well and have command of everything," he said. "You always have to take the positive out of it and try to do it again and again. It's one of the best [games] I felt, and I hope I have that feeling every time I go out there."

Important proposal

Minnesota's Trevor Plouffe, who graduated from Encino Crespi High, waited until he came back to the Southland on Sunday to ask his girlfriend, Olivia, if she would marry him.

"She said, 'Yes.' Thank God," he said.

Plouffe has been used in the outfield by the Twins but he made a start at third base on Wednesday.

eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

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