In a move that caught no one by surprise, Mike Trout, considered one of the top two minor league prospects in all of baseball along with Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, was sent down to the minors along with nine other players by the Los Angeles Angels.
Trout, who hit a combined .341 last season at the Single-A and advanced Single-A levels last season, will most likely be assigned to the Angels’ Double-A franchise, the Arkansas Travelers.
In 12 spring training games, Trout hit .211 with four walks and five strikeouts, however he impressed Angels manager Mike Scioscia and his staff with his agility, defensive skills and patience at the plate.
The other Angels players reassigned to the minor-league side were left-handed pitcher Trevor Reckling; 7-foot-1 right-hander Loek Van Mil; outfielders Angel Castillo, Jeremy Moore and Travis Witherspoon; and infielders Gabe Jacobo, Efren Navarro, Darwin Perez and Jean Segura.
There are still 47 players in Angels’ camp, so 22 players are left to be assigned or cut by March 31.
If Trout can continue to excel at the minor league level the way he has in the past one-plus seasons, he will certainly give Angels’ management pause if Peter Bourjos falters with the bat early, or if injuries fell any of the current outfielders.
Depth in the outfield is probably the least of worries for Scioscia at this point, with Vernon Wells, Bourjos, Torii Hunter, Reggie Willits, Chris Petit (possibly) and Bobby Abreu, although Abreu will be the full-time designated hitter and will likely be a last resort for outfield duty.
Trout will clearly be given the time needed to continue developing his considerable talents, however he has certainly shown enough to Angels’ management that he is indeed an option should the need arise.
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