On the baseball field, Mike Trout is considered a five-tool player, which means he excels at everything baseball executives and scouts look for — he can run, throw, hit for average, hit for power and field his position.
Basically, he's the blueprint of what the perfect modern day baseball player should look like. But even as impressive as all of that sounds, it still doesn't capture just how athletically gifted this 22-year-old physical freak is.
The incredible video Trout posted on his Instragram account on Wednesday, on the other hand, does an excellent job of showcasing his freakishness.
In the video, which is admittedly a little grainy, the 6-foot-2 Trout shows off his incredible leaping ability by executing a flat-footed jump onto a platform that leveled off just below his shoulders. That has to at least equal to the 55-inch jump Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt impressed us with just prior to the 2011 NFL draft.
Maybe a little higher? Tough to say considering Watt is 6-foot-5.
Whatever the exact height was, it's not a jump you'll see many human beings outside of a LeBron James or Watt even attempting, let alone making it look as effortless as Trout did. Although we do have acknowledge this 60'-inch leap by journeyman infielder Cody Ransom from 2009, even though he had a little momentum carrying him forward.
That's an impressive leap, too, but there's a difference between a flat-footed leap and taking two steps. A huge difference. Beyond that, it takes great instincts and impeccable timing for that ability to translate on the field. As we've seen in the past, Trout's athletic ability are only matched by his instincts and timing, which allows him to make plays like this one in Baltimore.
That catch was so memorable, the Angels immortalized it in bobblehead form.
Moral of the story: Mike Trout is Superman.
Sorry, Cam Newton. And Colin Kaepernick.
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