Angels outfielder Mike Trout has been chosen to start for the American League in the 2013 Major League All-Star Game, to be played July 16 at Citi Field in New York. He is the first Angels position player to start an All-Star Game since Vladimir Guerrero in 2007 and the youngest American League player to start an All-Star Game since Ivan Rodriguez in 1993.
Trout, who was voted onto the team via fan voting (receiving 6,771,745 votes) will be making his second consecutive All-Star Game appearance and first career start. During last season's Midsummer Classic in Kansas City, Trout went 1-1 with a walk and a stolen base in his two plate appearances after entering the game in the 6th inning as a defensive replacement for Josh Hamilton. He became the third player to record a hit in an All-Star Game before his 21st birthday and the second player to steal a base prior to turning 21. Additionally, he is the youngest player in All-Star Game history with a hit, walk and stolen base.
Trout, 21, is batting .314 (108/344) with 57 runs scored, 26 doubles, six triples, 13 home runs and 55 RBI in 85 games this season. He ranks eighth in the AL in average, sixth in on-base percentage (.390), fourth in slugging percentage (.538), fifth in runs scored, fourth in hits, third in doubles, second in triples and fourth in stolen bases (20).
The 2012 A.L. Rookie of the Year is the first Angels player ever with 55 RBI and 20 stolen bases prior to the All-Star break. He is the youngest Halo to make the All-Star squad twice and the first since Dave Chalk in 1974-75 to be named an All-Star in each of his first two full seasons in the big leagues. He is the only player age 21 or younger in American League history to record 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases before the All-Star break and has done so in each of the past two seasons. Additionally, he is the 11th player in Major League history and the first Angel with 45 extra-base hits and 20 stolen bases in the first half of a season.
Trout and Washington outfielder Bryce Harper are the third pair of players under age 22 to start the same All-Star Game and the first since Al Kaline and Frank Robinson in 1956. The only other duo is Eddie Mathews and Mickey Mantle in 1953.