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Angels send 19-year-old prospect Mike Trout back to Double-A

Aug 1, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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Mike Trout was called up from Double-A when Peter Bourjos landed on the disabled list, so when Bourjos returned last week there wasn’t much room in the lineup for the Angels’ stud prospect.

They kept him around for a while as a bench player, but have rightly decided that the 19-year-old outfielder will be much better off playing regularly again and have sent him back to Double-A.

In fact, Trout announced the move via Twitter long before an official announcement was made.

Trout going back to the minors isn’t shocking, but his returning to Double-A is somewhat surprising given that he hit .324 with a .950 OPS in 75 games there before the call-up.

Choosing to send him back to Double-A rather than Triple-A suggests the Angels either don’t plan on Trout getting called up to stay for a while or are convinced he’s better off not posting ridiculous numbers in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Or maybe both. He turns 20 years old next week, so there will be plenty of time to knock around Triple-A pitchers if the Angels want to see Trout do that before he arrives in the majors for good. Whatever the case, he’ll likely be back in September and possibly for the playoffs.

  1. Panda Claus - Aug 1, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Something smells fishy about Trout’s demotion.

    Sorry, but it had to be said.

    • Charles Gates - Aug 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM

      He’d probably fill A ball squads for better numbers to spawn. Whatever the case, he’ll play a few games in a roe in the minors. As long as he scales back his salary demands, he’ll have a sea of opportunity. But whatever his porpoise is, he might want to go back to school else risk getting caught up in the net of the Mariners. But I don’t want him to flounder forever. I’ll say ‘wahoo’ when he get’s reeled back into the majors, perched on a big league roster. But do I think this is a dumb comment too? Nah.

      • Panda Claus - Aug 1, 2011 at 12:49 PM

        I sea what you did there.

  2. SmackSaw - Aug 1, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    He’ll be back in a month.

  3. brewcrewchamps - Aug 2, 2011 at 5:26 AM

    Ok, Scocia is an awful manager. The bottom half of his lineup is better than the top half. Abreu is awful. Trout should not have been hitting in the 9 spot if he was ever to be treated as a major leaguer.

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