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Mike Trout off to 10-for-20 start in Triple-A

Apr 10, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

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Top prospect Mike Trout maintained his .500 average for Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, going 2-for-4 and hitting his first homer. He’s 10-for-20 in five games for the Bees.

There will certainly be call in Anaheim for Trout to replace Vernon Wells in the Angels outfield if this keeps up. Wells is off to a 2-for-14 start (though one of those hits was a homer), and he was left out of Monday’s lineup in favor of Bobby Abreu. It’s doubtful the Angels will do anything for a few weeks yet, but at some point, they’ll have to address the likelihood that Trout is a better player than Wells, regardless of what the contracts say.

Trout is regarded by most as one of the two best position prospects in the minors, with Bryce Harper claiming the other spot. The 20-year-old hit .220/.281/.390 with five homers in 123 at-bats with the Angels last year.

  1. cur68 - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Vernon Wells’ reign of evil afflicts the beasts of the field and fish of the stream, it seems. Being blocked by Vernon is akin to being being benched then traded in favour of Jeff Mathis if your name is Mike Napoli. I know what: Anthopolous should trade Snider & Thames for Trout. Those 2 guys have the numbers to be blocked by Vernon’s hooves whereas Trout would look just spiffy in Beaver Men Blue & White.

    • natstowngreg - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      Bet Vernon Wells’ evil doesn’t affect beavers.

      • cur68 - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        He was at his best, most productive, while playing for the Beav. Pity it didn’t last. So, yeah: as far as Beavers go, he’s been pretty good to them. It me he has it in for, the evil sod.

      • natstowngreg - Apr 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM

        BTW, your trade idea for Trout smells, well, a little fishy.

        [I really tried to resist the urge to say that, but I’m only an imperfect human being. Please forgive me.]

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Sounds like his talent is hook, line and sinker!

  3. stex52 - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Speaking of swallowing the hook (well, close enough) it’s about time for the Angels to think about eating Wells’ contract. It’s a sunk cost. Put your best players on the field.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Ugh. His contract is still higher than the GDP of many countries.

      • jwbiii - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:18 AM

        Just for laughs, let’s look at them:

        $1,500,000 Tokelau. A nation of 1,500 people in the South Pacific. They are almost totally dependent on foreign aid from New Zealand.

        $10,010,000 Niue. A nation of 1,300 people in the South Pacific. They export coconut products but are very dependent on foreign aid from New Zealand.

        $18,000,000 Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha. A nation of 8,000 people in the South Atlantic. They export fish but are very dependent on U.K. foreign aid.

        $29,000,000 Montserrat. A nation of 5,000 in the Caribbean. Two thirds of the population was driven away by volcanic eruptions in the 1990s; half of the island now uninhabitable. Some manufacturing of electronic goods.

        $36,000,000 Tuvalu. A nation of 11,000 people in the South Pacific. They derive most of their export revenue from the licensing of their ‘.tv’ internet domain name (No, I am not making this up) and are very dependent on foreign aid from Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K.

        $49,000,000 Saint Pierre and Miquelon. A French territory of 6,000 people off the Maritime provinces of Canada. Some fish exports, largely dependent on French subsidies. An interesting place, the last vestige of French Canada. The British left it to them as a supply and refitting station for the French Grand Banks fishing fleet.

        $60,000,000 Nauru. A nation of 9,000 people in the South Pacific. They export phosphates but are dependent on foreign aid from Australia.

        $60,000,000 Wallis and Futuna. A French territory of 15,000 people in the South Pacific. Some coconut product exports and income from licensing of fishing grounds. Dependent on French subsidies. The only French territory to side with the Vichy government during WWII. This resulted in them being overrun by U.S. forces in 1942.

      • dan1111 - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:57 AM

        jwbiii, that is just great. A million thumbs up.

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