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Mike Trout is hitting .419 with a 1.132 OPS at Triple-A

Apr 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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One player certainly isn’t going to solve all of the Angels’ problems in the midst of a 6-12 start, particularly with veterans calling out manager Mike Scioscia in the media, but it’s tough to ignore the fact that stud prospect Mike Trout is hitting .419 at Triple-A.

As a 20-year-old, no less.

Trout is 31-for-74 (.419) with 10 extra-base hits, 11 walks, and six steals in 19 games, which is good for a .483 on-base percentage, .649 slugging percentage, and 1.132 OPS.

Now, certainly 19 games doesn’t mean Trout is ready to annihilate big-league pitching and the Angels’ logjam of first basemen, corner outfielders, and designated hitters hasn’t gone away, but most of that logjam isn’t actually, you know, hitting and there’s little reason to think guys like Bobby Abreu and Vernon Wells are going to suddenly turn everything around.

So when will the Angels call up Trout? Based on what Scioscia told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, don’t hold your breath:

I don’t believe anything is imminent, but when you play at the level Mike is playing at now, you become more of a focal point of fans, the media and the organization. When a move is made depends on a lot of things. When you’re playing that well, you tend to push the door open for yourself, but right now he will continue to play [at Salt Lake] until something changes.

Sending a 20-year-old prospect to Triple-A to begin the season when he’d never played there before made plenty of sense, particularly considering the Angels’ veteran depth, but at some point you’d think Scioscia will grow tired of watching the old guys make outs. Or at least that’s what the Pacific Coast League pitchers are hoping.

  1. raindog - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    You have to think they are going to have to deal a player or two to make room for this guy. Trading Trumbo could shore up a few weaknesses for them. Or just try a salary dump with one of the veterans.

    • paperlions - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      Why? Most of those guys are horrible. Just dump them. You don’t have to trade a Bobby Abreu, you are paying him no matter what…playing him is worse than paying him to play for someone else. Trout should be playing ahead of anyone the Angels currently trot out in their OF.

      If you want to win, you field the best team….it really is that simple.

  2. angrycorgi - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Maybe they should call Trout up and send Pooholes down.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      Don’t think that’s an option, kiddo.

  3. banksatdixie - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    I’m going to the game tonight to see him play. Hoping to see the 7 foot dutchman throw as well just for the novelty.

  4. dodger88 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    The log jam starts to break up in the offseason with both Hunter and Abreu gone. That doesn’t help this year but one should be realistic and figure that a 20 year old would have lots of ups and downs that he may not be much of an upgrade this year. I’d still play him, mind you, becuase the earlier he goes through his big league growing pains the better but of course playing veterans proves too tempting to most teams.

  5. ezthinking - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Send Bourjos down, bring up Trout and try to trade Trumbo.

  6. yahmule - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Maybe they want to wait until Texas is beyond the viewing range of the Hubble telescope.

  7. jwbiii - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Good to see he’s not suffering any ill effects from this

  8. tropboi11 - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    He is also patiently waiting on my fantasy team bench, bring this kid up already

  9. 1981titan - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    If they bring up Trout Mickey Hatcher will just ruin his swing like all the other hitters for the Angels.

    • Glen - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      As an Angels fan I don’t want Hatcher in the same zip code as Trout. I don’t understand how that clown still has a job.

      • yahmule - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:56 PM

        Because he played with Scioscia in LA.

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