The last seven months have been very good for Craig Landis.
Last fall, he was enshrined into the Vintage High School Athletic Hall of Fame, joining an inaugural class that also had Burl Autry, Bill Williams, Russ Orrick, Kim Payne, George Moskowite, David Ilsley and Sean LaChapelle.
Late last month, Landis’ top major league client, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, signed a six-year contract extension, a $144.5 million deal that will keep the star player with the ball club through 2020.
“He’s very talented, he has all the ingredients,” Landis said Tuesday. “He’s a very driven, very focused, very competitive guy. He wants to be the best. He was blessed with a lot of talent.
“There’s nobody in the game quite like him in terms of the power-speed combination. Mike’s one of the fastest guys in the major leagues and he’s also one of the best hitters in the major leagues. He also has about the best eye at the plate in the major leagues.
“He’s got an incredible work ethic. So he’s at the top of the charts in every category.”
Trout, 22, is in his fourth year in the majors. He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2012. He’s been a member of the AL All-Star team the last two years. He has received Silver Slugger awards the past two years.
“It’s very rare to have this kind of success this fast,” said Landis. “He rocketed through the minor leagues. He went through the system very quickly, got to the big leagues and has excelled almost immediately. It’s been fun to watch.
“I haven’t seen anything like it. He’s just been so successful every step of the way. He’s a really nice young man. The older baseball fans like that he has an old-school attitude — he’s not a hot dog. He doesn’t showboat.
“He works hard. His teammates like him.”
Trout finished as the runner-up for the AL Most Valuable Player Award in 2013 after batting .323 with 27 home runs, 97 RBIs, 33 stolen bases, a .557 slugging percentage and a .432 on-base percentage in 157 games.
He was selected by the Angels 25th overall in the 2009 MLB Draft out of Millville Senior High School in New Jersey and made his big league debut on July 8, 2011.
“I love it here,” Trout told The Associated Press. “I think it’s the best opportunity for me to be here, and over the next seven years, it’s going to be a big jump in my life.”
The team announced Trout’s contract extension at a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on March 29. Landis and his family were on hand, as was Trout’s family, Angels owner Arte Moreno, manager Mike Scioscia, and Angels players.
Landis has had Trout as a client since 2008. Landis works as an agent and represents several other baseball players, including Paul Konerko, J.J. Putz, and J.J. Hardy.
“It’s been very rewarding working with Mike and his family,” said Landis.
Landis was an All-American in two sports, football and baseball, for Vintage High. A 1977 graduate, he was the quarterback for coach Burl Autry’s Crushers and played shortstop on the baseball team, which was coached by Clarence Tye.
He was a three-year starter in both sports and was the CalHiSports.com “Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year” in 1977. He was a first-round pick — the 10th overall selection — of the San Francisco Giants in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
He played six seasons (1977-82) in the minor leagues, including three at the Triple-A level.
He is with the Landis Baseball Group, based in Southern California. His father, Napa’s Jim Landis, was a five-time Gold Glove outfielder.