Mike Trout got an extended cup of coffee in the big leagues for a little over three weeks, but it appears he will spend his 20th birthday, next Sunday, back in Double A. Trout, who is considered one of the top two prospects in baseball (along with Bryce Harper), has been with the Angels since July 8. The 19-year old Trout tweeted this morning a hint to a transaction that has yet to be announced by the Angels:â†µ
Back to little rock ! Had awesome experience up here in Anaheim thanks for everything!â†µ
It's understandable that Trout would be sent down. For one, he was hitting .163/.213/.279, but 47 plate appearances isn't much to draw any meaningful conclusions. Rather simply, Trout needs to play everyday. He was promoted when Peter Bourjos went on the disabled list, but since Bourjos was activated from the DL Trout started just three of 10 games. Trout is hitting .324/.415/.534 in 75 games with Double A Arkansas this year, with 32 extra-base hits and 28 stolen bases.â†µ
Defensively, Trout impressed, and the thought of an outfield with Bourjos and Trout roaming and catching everything in sight is enticing (setting aside for a moment that Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter, and Bobby Abreu are all under contract through at least 2012). Trout was the youngest Angels player since Andy Hassler in 1971, and he is one of just three teenagers to hit a home run for the Angels, joining Ed Kirkpatrick and Aurelio Rodriguez.â†µ
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