Mike Trout did not repeat as the highest-ranking hitter in Fantasy last season, and in fact, he fell short of the top five. Combined with the rise of Bryce Harper as a Fantasy elite, Trout is no longer the clear consensus choice for first overall pick, but owners should not lose sight of his first 40-homer season or the gains he made in his strikeout rate. All that may have separated Trout from another season at the top of the rankings was the month of August, in which he batted .218 with one home run. It may not be coincidence that Trout's slump came after he sustained a wrist injury. Many will still reel Trout in with the first overall pick, and he will likely be gone in most leagues by the third pick.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 1 for 4 with his 39th homer in a 5-2 victory over the Twins. Trout now has three round-trippers over his last 11 at-bats, and has at least one RBI in each of the first three games of the key four-game set against the Twins. The superstar center fielder's gopher ball added to the career-high figure in that category that he established in 2015, and his .660 slugging percentage also represents a career-best.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout delivered a massive game Thursday against the Twins, going 2 for 3 with a grand slam, a solo homer, three walks and three runs scored. With 38 long balls on the year now, Trout's set a new career high, and he bounced back impressively after getting struck out three times in Wednesday's loss to the Mariners. The star center fielder's counting stats haven't quite lived up to expectations, though -- he's fifth in the American League with 93 runs, but his 83 RBI are outside the league's top 10 and his speed contributions have continued shrinking. Of course, it's hard to complain about a guy who's going to hit 40 homers while contributing strong batting average and OBP.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 3 for 4 with a triple, a home run and three RBI in Friday's loss to the Dodgers. Over his last six games, Trout is hitting .521 with 12 hits, four home runs and 10 RBI.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jensen didn't have his best outing of the season on Friday against the Angels, but he still managed to put the game away and earn his 18th save of the year. Jensen allowed a solo home run to Mike Trout in the ninth inning to make the game closer, but quickly erased any lingering hopes the Angels had of a comeback. Jensen now has a 2.81 ERA this season.
Angels slugger Mike Trout has returned to action Thursday in Houston after sitting out since June 26 with a wrist issue. Trout will try to pick up where he left off in that game, when he slugged four hits, including two home runs, and drove in five.