Mike Trout turns 27 years old on Tuesday, but will we see him mark the occasion by taking the field when the Los Angeles Angels host the Detroit Tigers? Trout has missed five straight games with a wrist injury, but he has never missed a game on his birthday since he was drafted in 2009.
No. 27 fun facts
• Mike Trout has the sixth-highest WAR by any player to wear No. 27 and the second highest by any position player.
• Of the top nine such players, four played for the Angels while wearing No. 27: Trout, Don Sutton, Vladimir Guerrero and Kevin Appier.
Career WAR By Players Who Have Worn No. 27
PLAYER YRS WAR TEAM (YEARS WORN)
Scott Rolen 10 70.2 Cardinals (2002-07), Reds (2009-12)
Carlton Fisk 10 68.5 Red Sox (1971-80)
Kevin Brown 10 67.9 Marlins (1996-97), Padres (98), Dodgers (1999-’03), Yankees (2004-05)
Don Sutton 2 67.0 Athletics (1985), Angels (1985-86)
Juan Marichal 14 63.0 Giants (1960-73)
Mike Trout 8 61.9 Angels (2011-18)
Vlad Guerrero 16 59.4 Expos (1996-’03), Angels (2004-09), Rangers (2010), Orioles (2011)
David Ortiz 6 55.3 Twins (1997-2002)
Kevin Appier 2 54.7 Angels (2002-03)
Jerry Koosman 1 53.9 Twins (1979)
• Trout isn’t the only great active player wearing No. 27. Aaron Nola and Jose Altuve have each turned in 4.0-WAR seasons so far this year, with Trout at 7.8 WAR, Nola at 6.7 and Altuve at 4.3.
Trout sits out 5th straight game due to wrist
Angels star Mike Trout will not play Monday against the Tigers due to lingering soreness in his wrist. He received a cortisone shot and is still day-to-day.
• Before these guys claimed No. 27, the number wasn’t nearly as productive. The most WAR accumulated by a No. 27 in 2010, the last season before Trout reached the bigs, were from 35-year-old Scott Rolen (4.1) and 34-year-old Plácido Polanco (3.2).
• The average MLB sprint speed is 27 feet per second. Trout clocks in at 29.2 ft/s, 31st-fastest in MLB.
• Mike Trout’s odd No. 27s: He had 27 hits in 2011, 27 doubles in 2012 and 27 home runs in 2013.
Putting age 27 into context
Mike Trout already has a lot to celebrate on his 27th birthday. Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire
• Through Aug. 4, 84 rookies have played this season in their age-27 season or older.
• Through Aug. 4, Mike Trout has 61.9 career WAR with two months left this season. That is the sixth-highest WAR all time by a player through his age-26 season and second-highest among position players, behind only Ty Cobb. Pitchers with a higher WAR total through the same age were Walter Johnson (71.1), Kid Nichols (69.2), Amos Rusie (64.5) and Tommy Bond (61.9). Trout’s mark also edged Mickey Mantle’s career total through his age-26 season (61.4).
• That WAR is already the 111th highest in MLB history for position players. That is ahead of 76 Hall of Fame position players, including Jackie Robinson (61.4 WAR) and Harmon Killebrew (60.4).
• Looking at the all-time leaders in many major categories, Trout’s career through his age-26 season stacks up very well against theirs. Among other things, he has hit more home runs through the age of 26 than all-time home run leader Barry Bonds and scored more runs through age 26 than all-time runs leader Rickey Henderson.
Trout Vs. All-Time Leaders Through Age-26 Seasons
TROUT STAT ALL-TIME LEADER
231 HR Barry Bonds 142
1,155 Hits Pete Rose 899
2,155 Total bases Hank Aaron 2,305
774 Runs Rickey Henderson 732
670 Walks Barry Bonds 484
• Trout was taken with the 25th pick overall in the 2009 draft, and he’s already the best 25th pick ever, with his 61.9 WAR eclipsing Chuck Knoblauch’s 44.8. Trout is also the best Angels first-round pick, with his career mark topping Frank Tanana’s 57.6 and Troy Glaus’ 38.0 tally, the previous best among Angels first-round selections.
Trout has hit especially well on his birthday. In six birthday games, Trout is batting 7-for-23 (.304) with four home runs. The homers were hit in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Trout is the only player in MLB history to hit four birthday home runs prior to turning 27.