Tag:Mike Trout
Posted on: August 31, 2011 2:04 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Trout has career night

By Evan Brunell

Mike Trout, Angels: Trout authored a game we may be seeing a lot of over the next two decades, slamming three home runs and driving in five, going 2 for 4 with a walk and three runs scored. Trout was responsible for the first four runs of the game, homering in the second and fourth to push Los Angeles to a 4-0 lead in an eventual 13-6 win. The heralded prospect, just 20, absolutely will earn more playing time as a result. Over 65 at-bats on the year, his line is .246/.306/.523, which L.A. will happily take.

Roy Halladay, Phillies: Halladay had another... well, Halladay-like performance, tossing seven innings of one-run ball against the Reds, plus tacking on three RBI thanks to a bases-loaded double in the sixth. The rest of the Phillies' scoring was done on homers, with two by Ryan Howard, and one apiece by Hunter Pence and Raul Ibanez. Halladay's ERA got shaved to 2.47, with his record now 16-5. He's a lock for the Cy Young and could threaten to win the MVP.

Gerardo Parra, Diamondbacks:
Parra is one of these players who sticks on a roster the entire year, and even plays enough to accumulate significant playing time but is rarely featured in these wrapups. The left fielder enjoyed a 4-for-5 night, scoring three runs and driving in two, stroking a double and triple in a game that raised his overall line to .291/.351/.422 in 358 plate appearances. Parra struggled through a lousy 2010 after opening some eyes in 2009, and the 24-year-old has rebounded this year, mostly appearing in left but also making appearances in left and center field.

Trevor Cahill, Athletics: Life isn't good for Cahill, as Rotoworld.com details: "He's given up at least seven runs in three of his last 10 starts and at least five runs in four of his last 10, causing his ERA to spike from 3.16 to 4.26 ... He entered the game with a 7.00 ERA in 45 innings since the All-Star break ... Since going 6-0 with a 1.72 ERA through his first eight starts of the season, Cahill is 3-13 with an ERA approaching 6.00." Yeah, that's about right. Cahill's latest start saw the Indians paste him for five runs in 5 1/3 innings, spiking his ERA to 4.26. Cahill won 18 games last year, but has pitched wholly undeserving of that mark thus far this season.

Anthony Vasquez, Mariners: Seattle is trying to get a long look at the right-hander for next season after he posted a 3.57 ERA in 24 starts between Double- and Triple-A, but he now has two straight poor starts that could bump him from the rotation. The 24-year-old gave up eight runs, seven earned to the Angels -- four runs alone to Trout -- in just four innings, contributing three walks against just one strike out en route to shoving his ERA all the way up to 11.57 through two starts.

Tim Stauffer, Padres:  Seven earned runs and seven walks in 1 1/3 innings, giving up just one hit to the Dodgers in the meantime, with everything mentioned ocurring in the 2nd inning sans one walk. It was not a good day to be Tim Stauffer, whose promising ERA spiraled to 3.76 after entering the day at 3.42. It's a testament to how well Stauffer has pitched that his ERA isn't out of control, but it was still a nightmare outing that included walking opposing pitcher Hiroki Kuroda with the bases loaded. Reliever Anthony Bass didn't help matters, surrendering a grand slam when replacing Stauffer that added three runs to the righty's night. According to Stats, LLC, the six walks in the 2nd inning were the most since Daniel Cabrera also surrendered six walks to the Red Sox, this time in the first inning way back on April 7, 2006.

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Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:34 am
Edited on: August 30, 2011 4:48 pm

Harper, Trout to team up in Arizona Fall League

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Talk about one-stop shopping -- one Arizona Fall League team will feature the two best prospects in baseball, or at least that's what one of them tweets.

Bryce Harper tweeted that he and the Angels' Mike Trout will be on the same team in Arizona this fall.

Here's the word straight from Harper:


It seemed to catch Trout off guard, as he responded:

Both will be on the Scottsdale Scorpions, MLB.com reported on Tuesday. Mariners' first-round pick Danny Hultzen and Brewers first-rounder Jed Bradley, both left-handed starters, will play for the Peoria Javelinas.

The Fall League kicks off Oct. 4 and runs through November, with the championship game on Nov. 19. Harper played for the Scorpions last season, but was part of the "taxi squad" that limited him to two games a week. This season he should be able to play full-time. And an outfield of him and Trout should be worth watching closely -- the two were the consensus top two prospects before the season and did nothing to change that standing this season.

H/T Orange County Register

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Posted on: August 19, 2011 6:56 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 9:20 pm

Angels call Mike Trout back to majors

TroutBy Evan Brunell

The Angels will recall Mike Trout from Double-A for Friday night's game, his brother said.

"So the bro is finally heading back to Anaheim," Tyler Trout tweeted out Friday morning. "Hopefully he can help get something started again with the Angels."

It's not clear if the Angels are still harboring division hopes and will use Trout as part of the bench, or if the towel has been thrown in and the young phenom will play regularly the rest of the way. Just 20, Trout hit .213/.279/.492 in an earlier stint with the team over 47 plate appearances. Down on the farm, where Trout was ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball by CBSSports.com entering the season, he hit .326/.414/.544 in 412 plate appearances with 11 home runs and 33 stolen bases.

The Angels, desperate for offense, already recalled catcher Hank Conger and will give the backstop more playing time behind the dish. Trout, meanwhile, won't play every day but will eat into Vernon Wells' and Bobby Abreu's playing time.

“If he’s out there three days a week, that’ll be great," manager Mike Scioscia told the Orange County Register. Coming off the bench will give us a dimension there.”

“There will be times Bobby and Vernon are not in the lineup, but [Trout’s playing time] is not going to be totally at their expense,” Scioscia added to the Los Angeles Times. “There will be times Peter [Bourjos] needs a break. There will be ways to use Mike that won’t just affect Vernon and Bobby.”

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Posted on: August 10, 2011 6:11 pm

Former scouting director has words for Reagins

By Matt Snyder

Garrett Richards will take the mound for the Angels Wednesday night against the Yankees. Richards is the top pitching prospect for the Angels and was drafted by former scouting director Eddie Bane. Bane also produced top hitting prospect Mike Trout and rookie pitcher Tyler Chatwood in recent drafts. He also drafted Tyler Skaggs, who was the key in the Angels landing Dan Haren from Arizona last season.

Yet Bane -- who now works for the Tigers -- was told he was fired because Angels general manager Tony Reagins (pictured right) didn't like the 2008-2010 drafts. Bane told the LA Times the suggestion was ludicrous, and had a different idea as to why he was canned.

"Tony and I don't like each other," Bane said (LA Times). "I don't think that's a reason to get fired. Personality clashes are never any fun. I don't blame him for thinking I'm not the greatest guy in the world. He's not a guy I would want to hang out with. I'm sure he feels the same way about me."

It's pretty tough to judge drafts that just happened within the past three years just yet, so it's possible Reagins didn't like the overall direction being taken by Bane with the drafts. Or maybe Reagins really just fired Bane because he hated him. The GM doesn't actually have to have a great reason to fire someone. Of course, if he has a good scouting director and fired him for no good reason, maybe Reagins will be paying with his own job soon. The Vernon Wells trade this past offseason wasn't exactly well received.

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Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:36 pm

Why did Trout go back to Double-A?

Mike TroutBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Mike Trout is back in the minors, but many were surprised when the Angels sent him to Double-A Arkansas instead of Triple-A Salt Lake City.

So, why is the 19-year-old outfielder going back to the Texas League instead of the Pacific Coast League? Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters, including Marcia C. Smith of the Orange County Register, on Wednesday that there were two reasons.

1. Pitching: "What we're getting from our scouts is that there's a lot of really high-end prospects throwing the ball down there right now," Scioscia said.

2. Playoffs: "Double-A's going to the playoffs and we really feel strongly that in a player's development it's important to experience the playoffs. In Mike's case, he's a guy who's leading a team to the playoffs. His comfort level is there."

The Travelers won the first-half title in the North division in the league, so they're guaranteed a spot in the postseason.

Another thing many front-office types like about the Texas League is that there are just eight teams in the league, meaning players face the same teams repeatedly and must make more adjustments because the pitchers and hitters are so familiar with each other.

In his first two games back at Double-A, Trout's 3 for 8. In 14 games for the Angels, Trout hit .163/.213/.279 with a home run and two doubles in 47 plate appearances. At Double-A, he's hitting .326/.416/.530. 

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Posted on: July 31, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: July 31, 2011 10:19 pm

Angels may demote Trout shortly

TroutBy Evan Brunell

Skipper Mike Scioscia is between a rock and a hard place, as Mike Trout needs to play every day to continue developing -- but Trout is one of the team's best options in the outfield.

"At the end of [Sunday] we'll see where he is," Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times. "Mike's done some good things for us when he's gotten his opportunity. "If the need for him becomes more apparent as we move forward, he'll be here. But right now there's a huge development component that is important to a kid in his position."

With Torii Hunter struggling and Vernon Wells limping along, Trout is a valuable weapon to have off the bench. Trout is hitting just .163/.213/.279 in 47 plate appearances, but has already shown his ability to impact the game in all five aspects -- hitting for average, power, speed, defense and baserunning. That line isn't indicative of the lift he's given Los Angeles, and Scioscia knows it -- but also knows Trout needs to start showing results, otherwise the team may feel his development is being retarded by intermittent play in the majors. Given Trout's potential, the Angels would prefer to have the 19-year-old in the minors.

"Development is as much experience playing the position as it is just physically going out there and getting used to a long season," Sciosciaadded . "If you want to play in the major leagues, you're not playing 140 games. You're playing 162, plus playoffs.

"So for him to maybe end up with 100 games played this year would stifle his development both from an experience standpoint understanding his game, his swing, the routes in the outfield, jumps stealing bases and just physically getting the body moving."

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:30 am
Edited on: July 27, 2011 1:02 pm

Pepper: Is it Rasmus or La Russa in St. Louis?

Colby Rasmus

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Soap operas are being taken off network TV, but at least we still have baseball.

By the way he's portrayed, you'd expect St. Louis center fielder Colby Rasmus to be the guy with the badly dyed goatee and have ominous music every time he appears on screen. That's at least the way Cardinals manager Tony La Russa (speaking of bad dye jobs) keeps playing it.

The latest barb? Speaking to KSDK-TV in St. Louis, La Russa said Rasmus doesn't listen to the team's coaches.

"No, he doesn't listen to the Cardinal coaches much now, and that's why he gets in these funks, in my opinion," La Russa said, according to MLB.com. "If he would just stay with [basically] what they teach, he would have … but I actually feel concern for him, because he hears it from so many places, he's got to be confused."

That, of course, is a swipe at Rasmus' dad, who has been critical of La Russa publically. 

The Cardinals are actively shopping Rasmus, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler tweeted yesterday, and if they do deal him, it's got to be a sign that the 66-year-old La Russa will stick around a couple of more years in St. Louis. Dealing Rasmus doesn't make much sense (unless there's a huge return) in a baseball-sense, but it does placate La Russa. La Russa is signed to a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2012. It may come down to a decision for general manager John Mozeliak whether he wants to tie his future to a talented 24-year-old or a manager who has managed more than 5,000 games. What happens before Sunday could tell us quite a bit about the future of the Cardinals.

No platoon: Sticking with the Cardinals and La Russa, Daniel Descalso has started at shortstop in five of the 11 games since the All-Star break, but La Russa denies there's a platoon with Descalso and Ryan Theriot. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Contentious in Chicago: Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd got into a shouting match with a fan before Tuesday's game in Milwaukee. The fan yelled "you guys suck," according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Byrd responded, "We may suck, but you're pathetic." 

Chipper out again: Braves third baseman Chipper Jones returned to the Braves' lineup from a knee injury on Monday, but then miss Tuesday's game and will miss the next few with a right quad injury. The 39-year-old has played in 78 games this season. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]

Conspiracy theory: Phillies fans got on Giants manager Bruce Bochy for how he used Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay in the All-Star Game. Several fans at the team's hotel heckled Bochy saying he tried to overuse both Philadelphia pitchers -- though Bochy notes he used both for fewer than 25 pitches. [San Jose Mercury News]

Throwing Trout back: The Angels are expected to send heralded prospect Mike Trout back to the minor leagues soon. [Orange County Register]

'Cool cat': That's how Giants reliever Sergio Romo described President Barak Obama after the Giants' visit to the White House. I'm sure plenty of people said that about Chester A. Arthur, too. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Reds return: Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com takes a closer look at the two minor league players the Reds received in return for Jonny Gomes.

Perfect in minors: Former Padre Justin Germano threw a perfect game for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers on Tuesday. It was just the fifth perfect game in the history of the International League. The Clippers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Indians. [Columbus Dispatch]

Barton hurt: There's nothing we here at Eye On Baseball like more than making fun of our fellow team member's bad calls -- like my call of Manny Ramirez as the AL Comeback Player of the Year -- so it never fails that any mention of Daric Barton gets Evan Brunell some good-nature ribbing. Brunell said he'd take Barton over Prince Fielder, Mark Teixeira or Ryan Howard -- so yeah. (Of course, I had some questionable picks, too -- Rasmus No. 1 in center?) But the point other than making fun of Evan? Well, it's that Barton, now in Triple-A, has a tear in his labrum and will see a doctor today. [San Francisco Chronicle]

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:29 am
Edited on: July 26, 2011 9:42 am

Pepper: Bedard's start in nick of time

By Matt Snyder

Good news is hard to come by when a team has lost 16 games in a row, but the Mariners at least received marginally good news Monday. Left-handed starting pitcher Erik Bedard will return to the mound Friday (MLB.com).

On the surface, it's kind of a "who cares?" type movement. The Mariners are 15 1/2 games out and obviously will not factor into the AL West race. It's just that there's something else rapidly approaching, and that is the non-waiver trade deadline. Bedard is 32, on a one-year contract and has been effective when healthy this season (3.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 85 strikeouts, 26 walks in 90 innings).

With the deadline Sunday at 4:00 p.m. ET, Bedard's start coming Friday, several contending teams looking for starting pitching, a lack of quality starting pitchers readily available and the Mariners obviously in selling mode, Bedard coming off the disabled list couldn't come at a much better time for all parties involved. As long as he gets through the start healthy, expect to hear his name in rumors this coming weekend.

HOW TRADES HAPPEN: Former Reds and Nationals general manager Jim Bowden now writes for ESPN, and he has an article up about how trades happen. It's nothing really Earth-shattering, in fact it might seem a bit obvious, but it's still a detailed look about the methodology of going through a major-league trade from someone who has made several in his time.

BUCHHOLZ PROGRESSING: The Red Sox have the best record in the American League, and they've been doing it of late with a patchwork pitching rotation. Jon Lester returned Monday night and now Clay Buchholz is making solid progress in his fight to return from a back injury. Monday, he estimated that he's "75 to 80 percent" healthy after throwing a bullpen session, including breaking pitches (Boston.com).

LACK OF SECURITY: Last week, a fan ran onto Citi Field during a Mets-Cardinals game. Usually when these clowns run on the field, they're stymied by security pretty quickly. Not this time, as the fan took security for quite a ride. Jon Bois over at SB Nation has the details along with video and a map.

WHITE HOUSE INVASION: The Giants won the World Series last year with a group of colorful personalities. That group was back together Monday as the champs visited President Obama in the White House. The Giants went through the usual song and dance, glad-handing with the President, giving him some gifts and posing for plenty of pictures. Perhaps the best part of the whole visit was the presentation. You wouldn't expect personalities like Tim Lincecum or Brian Wilson to dial anything down for the visit -- like a haircut or shave, perhaps -- and they didn't disappoint. Check out the photo at right here, courtesy of the Associated Press.

SEVEN DOWN, TWO TO GO: Michael Cuddyer went into Monday night's game having played six positions for the Twins: First base, second base, third base, left field, right field and center field. After manager Ron Gardenhire saw his pitching staff bludgeoned for 25 hits and 20 runs in seven innings against the Rangers, he turned to Cuddyer for the eighth. Cuddyer ended up throwing the only scoreless frame of the game for the Twins. Sure, he gave up two hits and a walk, but he got through it without allowing a run (3 Up, 3 Down). No other pitcher for the Twins Monday could say the same -- Phil Dumatrait had a line with zero earned runs, but did allow two inherited runners to score. So now the only two positions Cuddyer has never played in a game for the Twins are shortstop and catcher. He has appeared as a DH before, so if you want to count that, he's eight for 10.

A-ROD ON TARGET: Yankees injured third baseman Alex Rodriguez had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on July 11 and was given a four to six weeks timetable for his return. As things presently stand, everything is in order and the Yankees expect him back by mid-August (MLB.com).

WALLACE'S TIME LIMITED: Brett Wallace got off to a hot start for the Astros this season. It wasn't just a few games. Through April 30, Wallace was hitting .388 with a .988 OPS. Since then, however, both figures have pretty progressively come down to the current marks of .279 and .749, respectively. Manager Brad Mills has reportedly tried to balance protecting Wallace against left-handers versus trying to develop the young first baseman. Mills is now leaning toward sitting Wallace more often against left-handers (Ultimate Astros).

BALL-HAWKIN': Highly-touted Angels rookie Mike Trout hit his first major-league home run Sunday, and it was caught by famous ball hawk Zack Hample -- who has caught over 5,000 balls at major-league games and written three books on the subject. The OC Register has the story about how Hample planned to catch Trout's first homer, how he made it happen and how he gave the ball back to Trout.

MORE DAY BASEBALL: When the Marlins move into their new home next season -- hopefully to a lot more fanfare than they get in their current football stadium -- they'll be playing a lot more day games (MLB.com).

BROOKS WAS HERE: The Orioles have begun building a statue to honor Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson at Camden Yards. The statue will be nine feet tall and weight 1,500 pounds. It's scheduled to be unveiled Oct. 21 of this year. Fittingly, the statue will depict the 16-time Gold Glover preparing to make a routine throw to first base (Baltimore Sun).

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