Tag:Mike Trout
Posted on: July 22, 2011 8:23 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 8:32 pm

Angels' Trout will stay up when Bourjos returns

Mike TroutBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Peter Bourjos is on his way back, but Mike Trout will stick around in Anaheim, Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters before Friday's game in Baltimore.

Bourjos will return to the active lineup when he's eligible on Saturday and will be in Saturday's starting lineup. While most expected hyped rookie Mike Trout to go back to the minors when Bourjos came back from his strained right hamstring, Scioscia said the 19-year-old Trout will go back -- but not right away. "There is a probability of overlap," Scioscia told the Orange County Register.

Trout (right), considered by some as the top prospect in baseball, has started 10 games in Bourjos' absence, including Friday night's game in Baltimore. Coming into Friday's game, Trout was hitting .133/.212/.167 with four hits in 30 at-bats. Scioscia said he thinks his short stint in the majors will be a good learning experience for the talented outfielder.

"I think any young player that comes up -- it's an eye-opener to face major-league pitching and major-league talent," Scioscia said. "I don't think it's going to so much crush your confidence as it's going to give you a baseline of where you need to get to in order to succeed at this level."

Bourjos, 24, is hitting .272/.323/.397 this season with 11 stolen bases and three home runs.

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Posted on: July 15, 2011 9:08 pm

Angels place Bourjos on DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Peter BourjosThe Angels' preview of Mike Trout could last a little longer than expected, as the team placed center fielder Peter Bourjos on the disabled list, retroactive to July 8.

Bourjos tested his strained right hamstring with agility drills and ran wind sprints, but it tightened up on him.

"It didn't really respond well," Bourjos told the Los Angeles Times. "It's frustrating. It felt really good [Friday] morning. It stinks to sit here and watch, but that's where I'm at right now."

Mike TroutTrout was called up before the break to replace Bourjos, who the team thought would be up for just a couple of days around the All-Star break.

Bourjos will be eligible to be activated on July 23. Trout played in three games before the break, getting one hit in 10 plate appearances, with a walk and two runs scored. He is in the starting lineup against the A's and Brandon McCarthy for Friday night's game in Oakland.

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Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: July 8, 2011 1:09 pm

Pepper: @DatDudeBP leads MLB tweeters

By C. Trent Rosecrans

CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler joins Lauren Shehadi to talk about Derek Jeter, but also notes these games against the Yankees are not just big for Jeter's chase of 3,000 but also vital for the Rays. There's also the Braves-Phillies series, but Danny points out why that may not be as big of a series.

TWITTER 140: Our own @JamesonFleming put together the sports world's top 140 Twitter users and the Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) comes in as baseball's best Twitter user.

Phillips didn't start using Twitter until this offseason, but has embraced the technology, holding contests for fans and also taking suggestions on restaurants and off-day activities. Earlier this season, a teen asked Phillips to come to his baseball game on a day the Reds were off, and Phillips stopped by. He also sent a pair fans to spring training and then another pair to San Francisco for the Reds' games at AT&T Park.

He has even won over some Cardinals fans, an amazing feat considering Cardinal nation's distaste for the Reds second baseman, who last year used not-so-nice words to describe Tony La Russa's club.

Florida's Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) is fourth on the list and the second baseball player. Brewers closer John Axford (@JohnAxford) is the third MLB player in the Top 10.

LAST ONE THE TOUGHEST: George Brett told the Associated Press he thought the last hit would be the toughest for Derek Jeter in his quest for 3,000. Of course, Brett reached the mark with a four-hit game. Brett also said he wasn't sure how many more players would reach the milestone.

"Is that desire still going to be there when they're worth $250 million when they're 37 years old?" Brett said.

GOTTA BE THE SHOES: Jeter will be wearing special shoes for his 3,000th hit, and you can get a matching pair. Yahoo!'s Big League Stew has all the details on the details of the shoes.

JETER'S BALLS: One more Jeter entry -- a look at the special baseballs that MLB will use to try to track Jeter's 3,000th hit. [BizofBaseball.com]

CARDS LOCK UP GARCIA?: There are reports from the radio station partially owned by the Cardinals that say the team has reached a four-year deal with two option years with left-hander Jaime Garcia. The deal would cover all three arbitration years and one year of free agency for the 25-year-old Garcia. He's 8-3 this season with a 3.23 ERA and is 22-12 with a  3.07 ERA in his career. [MLB.com]

HARPER STILL TOPS: Baseball America released its Midseason Top 50 Prospects List, and the Nationals' Bryce Harper leads the list, followed by Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Rays' lefty Matt Moore.

ALL-STAR SWITCH: Royals right-hander Aaron Crow may have made the All-Star team as a reliever, but Kansas City manager Ned Yost sees the team's former first-rounder as a starter down the line, as soon as next spring. [MLB.com]

DOCTOR MAY NAME NAMES: Canadian Dr. Anthony Galea has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the United States to treat athletes, and he may be pressed to give the names of athletes he treated and gave illegal drugs. Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran of the Mets are among the players who have been treated by Galea in the past. [New York Times]

BORAS SPEAKS AT SABR: Super-agent Scott Boras talked of his love of baseball at the Society for American Baseball Research's annual conference on Thursday. Boras talked about his first superstar -- a cow on his family's farm. [Orange County Register]

SCHILLING TALKS PEDS: Former All-Star Curt Schilling went on a Philadelphia radio station Wednesday and said that no "team in the last 20 years that's won clean." Schilling said he thinks the recent decline in offensive numbers are because of MLB's testing policies. [SportsRadioInterviews.com]

NO TAPE MEASURE NEEDED: Ever wonder how they calculate home-run distances so quickly? There's a chart, of course, but how is that chart made? Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has that story.

CRADLE OF MANAGERS: The Kansas City A's didn't produce a lot of wins, but they did produce their fair share of managers. Tommy Lasorda, Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, Joe Morgan (not the Hall of Famer, but the former Red Sox manager), Dick Williams, Hank Bauer, Dick Howser and Tony La Russa all played for the A's in KC. Two of the game's more successful coaches, Dave Duncan and Charlie Lau, also played for the A's during their stint in Kansas City. [Joe Posnanski]

SLUGGER EMPATHY: Twins designated hitter Jim Thome said it wasn't his place to comment on Adam Dunn's struggles, but said he did empathize with the struggling Chicago DH. "As a guy who swings and misses and has struck out a ton, it's hard," Thome told the Chicago Tribune. "When you can have success and are blessed to play a long time and [then go through] those periods, it's tough."

NO STARS FOR ALL-STARS: Major League Baseball has added stars to the uniforms of All-Stars, but apparently the designations are purely optional, as the Cardinals' three All-Stars declined to take part to keep their uniforms uniform. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

STARLING UNDECIDED: The Royals took a gamble when they picked prep outfielder Bubba Starling with the fifth overall pick in last month's draft, as Starling is also a top-flight quarterback committed to Nebraska. Starling told the Kansas City Star he hasn't decided whether he's going to play football for Nebraska or sign with the Royals for millions of dollars. Starling said he's going to Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday and will work out with the team, but won't enroll in classes for the summer.

SAVES RECORD: You need more evidence they keep stats for everything? Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has set the record for most first-half saves by a rookie. Kimbrel's 27th save Thursday broke the record of 26 set by Boston's Jonathan Papelbon in 2006. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

LAWRIE PROGRESSING: Just before he was scheduled to be called up in May, Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie suffered a broken hand after being hit by a pitch. Lawrie began hitting off a tee earlier this week, and he's improving. The team doesn't expect him to be able to play in games until August. [MLB.com]

ROYAL SHAME: The Royals have once again taken the cheap route in their tribute to the Nergro Leagues, ditching the vintage uniforms. While there are many good signs for the Royals' future, this is a reminder that David Glass is still the owner. [Kansas City Star]

MYTHBUSTER: Scientists are using a lab at Washington State to measure some baseball physics. Among the findings, corked bats don't work, humidors do, and the balls from 2004 performed the same as a ball from the late 70s. [Popular Mechanics]

REMEMBERING BUDDIN: Former Red Sox shortstop Dan Buddin died last week. He's remembered mostly for not being very good -- he averaged 30 errors a year and didn't hit very well, either. A really good remembrance by FanGraphs.com's Alex Remington on the man Boston booed.

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Posted on: July 8, 2011 9:39 am
Edited on: July 8, 2011 9:44 am

Angels calling up top prospect Trout

Mike Trout

By C. Trent Rosecrans

After Angels center-fielder Peter Bourjos injured his left hamstring in Thursday night's victory over the Mariners, the Angels decided to call up top prospect Mike Trout, the Orange County Register reported.

While Bryce Harper is the best-known prospect, there are those who hold Trout in even higher regard. The 19-year-old Trout was hitting .324/.415/.534 at Double-A Arkansas with nine home runs, 12 doubles and 11 triples. He's also stolen 28 bases so far this season -- the stolen bases and triples numbers should give you a decent idea about the kid's speed.

Trout was selected to play in Sunday's Futures Game in Phoenix, but instead he will be in Anaheim, wearing No. 27, the number last worn in Anaheim by Vladimir Guerrero.

Trout was named the top prospect in baseball (over Harper) by ESPN and MLB.com last winter.

Bourjos may not go on the disabled list, but he isn't expected to play before the All-Star break.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: May 26, 2011 10:12 am
Edited on: May 26, 2011 10:43 am

Pepper: Assessing chances of a K-Rod trade

By Evan Brunell

K-ROD TRADEABLE? For a while now, Francisco Rodriguez's $17.5 million vesting option has been seen as a major roadblock to any trade.

Rodriguez is a fine closer, but a $17.5 million figure for a closer is rather exorbitant, especially in recent years as the market for closers has appeared to plateau. K-Rod needs to finish at least 55 games for that option to vest, and he's at 18 through almost two full months. That puts him on pace to clear the threshold by the end of the year for New York, unless the Mets trade him first.

While Rodriguez could be traded to a setup role which would take care of that pesky games-finished requirement, reporter Andy Martino writes that his value as a closer may not be half-bad after all. He cites Rodriguez's dominant on-field play with his new personality off it, with Rodriguez demonstrating remorse for previous actions. It could be a good move for a team comfortable with trading for K-Rod to head up the ninth. It also helps that Rodriguez has expressed a willingness to tear up his current option and renegotiate a new deal.

Lost in this article is the bottom line: Rodriguez won't negotiate away his vesting option unless he stands to benefit by getting an extended contract from the team dealing for him. Helping matters is that K-Rod is willing to consider any team, even one of the 10 teams that are currently blocked thanks to a no-trade clause. But the bottom line remains: there's no reason for Rodriguez to tear up his 2012 option if he doesn't get something out of it. That kind of money over one season is well worth it to Rodriguez, who could then go get another big-money deal after 2012.

But working in favor of the Mets is Rodriguez's $3.5 million buyout. If New York agrees to fund the buyout -- which it must pay regardless of the option vesting -- other teams may change their perception of Rodriguez's value. Instead of digging into their pockets in free agency to sign the likes of Heath Bell and Jonathan Papebon, a team could address the K-Rod issue by having the Mets pick up $3.5 million at the trade deadline, giving the acquiring team one-and-a-half years of Rodriguez at a 2012 price of $14 million. Still hefty, but not outlandish and worth the price of doing business on a short deal. And as we've learned, short deals for closers is a smart route to go. (New York Daily News)

: Sure, Omar Minaya was a pretty bad GM in New York and now Fred Wilpon is on a media blitz designed to tell his side of the story but is only complicating things more. And yet, what might be to blame are bobbleheads, part of a yearly giveaway. Previous bobblehead players have ended up injured or ineffective after garnering the honor. This year's recipient? Ike Davis, currently on the DL. (New York Times)

: How tired do you think manager Mike Scioscia is of answering questions about 19-year-old prodigy Mike Trout? He continued to deflect any speculation that Trout would be called to the majors despite tearing up the minors and seeing L.A. limp along in left field with Alexi Amarista and Reggie Willits, although he did crack the door open for a promotion in a month. "I think that's a huge risk to take with a player with his upside," Scioscia said. "We see the growth in Mike. He's made an incredible amount of progress from last year to now. He's bridging that gap. Maybe in a month, this would be a different conversation, but right now, there's some growth he needs to be ready for that challenge of the major leagues." (Los Angeles Times)

: Angels left fielder Vernon Wells made progress in his return from a groin strain. He's not ahead of schedule, but underwent light agility drills and came away without complaint. (Los Angeles Times)

MY TURN: Mike Fontenot knows what groin strains feel like -- he just suffered one Thursday night that will probably get him on the 15-day DL. That's bad news for S.F., which already had a tattered left side of the infield. (San Francisco Chronicle)

RUNNER'S LUCK: The Giants also saw Darren Ford hobbled by a lateral sprain on his left ankle that will likely see the pinch-runner hit the DL. Bruce Bochy said there it would be "a longshot" for Brandon Belt to replace Ford on the roster. More likely is Ryan Rohlinger or Travis Ishikawa. (San Jose Mercury News)

STANTON'S BOMBS: Florida Marlins sluggger Mike Stanton is an attraction during batting practice these days. In San Francisco he drew applause from Giants fans as he launched home runs, including a standing ovation for a batting practice moonshot that went more than 500 feet. The applause quickly dissipated when he carried his home-run swing over into the game. (Palm Beach Post)

: When Andrew Cashner returns from his injury, bet on him moving into the bullpen. "When you miss a few months with an arm injury you cannot just go right back to pitching six innings or more when you return so I would think that he would be in the pen when he does come back this season," Cubs manager Jim Hendry said. If true, the Cubs are going to have to find another starting pitcher somewhere. They're so close in getting Casey Coleman out of the rotation, but still have Doug Davis to contend with, with only Coleman as depth. (CSNChicago.com)

SIZEMORE NEAR: Grady Sizemore has come through his rehab work so nicely that he may actually be activated the first game he is eligible for, which is Friday. His replacement on the major-league roster, Ezequiel Carrera, was seen shaking hands with teammates. Sizemore ran the bases prior to Wednesday's game and came through with no issues, putting him on track to be activated for the weekend series. (MLB.com)

BAD STEW: Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart pulled his hamstring in a game in Triple-A on Wednesday, so it looks like he will be out of action for a couple of weeks. Just another bad day in a line of bad days for Stewart this season. (Denver Post)

NO. 2: With the Mariners a surprising game under .500 and a weekend series with the Yankees coming up, Seattle needs to find a way to boost its offense if they hope to come away with a series win. How about batting Brendan Ryan, in the midst of a hot month, second in the order? (Seattle Times)

THOLE DIVE: In this day and age, if you mess up, you can bet everyone will soon be giggling at a .GIF of it. Josh Thole is no exception. (SB Nation)

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Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:54 am
Edited on: March 1, 2011 2:58 pm

Ear on Baseball podcast, volume 4

Ear on Baseball is back, with Episode 4. The Ear on Baseball crew -- C. Trent Rosecrans and Matt Snyder -- welcomes Baseball Prospectus ' Kevin Goldstein to talk prospects, podcasting and more. Bryce Harper came out on top of Goldstein's Top 101 prospects on the same day he made his spring training debut with the Nationals, and we talk about both the player and the performance. We also clear the way for Albert Pujols to join the Yankees. All that and scouting Kevin's refrigerator.

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Ear on Baseball, Volume 4 (51 minutes, 30 seconds)

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:22 pm

Monday's giveway: Trout's phone number

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Mike TroutSpring training offers the combination of preseason hype, unlimited time and the lack of pressure that allows teams to not only bond, but also to plan pranks.

The higher profile and younger the player, the bigger the target -- making Mike Trout an easy choice for veteran players. The 19-year-old outfielder is considered by most either the No. 1 or No. 2 prospect in all of baseball, along with Washington's Bryce Harper.

Angels veterans organized a surprise giveaway for fans at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Monday. Everyone in attendance received Trout's cell phone number.

Several times dung the game with the A's, the scoreboard showed Trout's phone number with the message -- "Fans call Angels' Mike Trout directly with your baseball questions," the Orange County Register reported.

Apparently Trout violated a the "speak-only-when-spoken-to" rule in a Monday-morning meeting.

"I deserved it, so I knew it was coming," Trout told reporters after the game.

The perpetrator was Jered Weaver, teammates tattled.

"I told [Weaver], 'Why'd you do it today?'" said Peter Bourjos, referring to the game with the A's that drew just 2,822 fans. "Do it when we're playing the Cubs."

Although Trout likely had a plenty of messages after the game, the phone number will promptly be changed, Trout said.

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Posted on: February 22, 2011 12:55 pm

Despite hype, Mike Trout has a ways to go

TroutMike Trout is by far the consensus top prospect in baseball (a fact that will be confirmed once CBSSports.com comes out with its top 100 prospect lists, due in the next couple weeks) and with the rise of the internet, his every move has been well-chronicled.

Has that gotten to Trout's head?

"This guy’s like Teflon," Angels skipper Mike Scioscia told the Orange County Register. "He’s all baseball. He’s all about going towards a mission. And I think he understands -- and I know we understand -- he’s not the finished product.

"Although he’s advanced for any 19-year-old you’re going to look at in any era … he’s not the finished product," Scioscia added. "He has a great head. He understands that."

It's hard not to get excited about Trout. At just 19 and in his second professional season, Trout rose to high-Class A with 232 plate appearances, posting a .306/.388/.434 line with four home runs (10 on the year split between two levels) and 11 stolen bases (56 on the year). His tools are off the charts and could reach the majors before he's legally allowed to drink.

But Scioscia wants to scale back the hype, and it's understandable. After all, high-Class A is still a long way from the majors and Trout has much to develop and learn.

"We’re excited to see him out there as a player. But we’re not expecting him to run the routes [to fly balls] that Torii Hunter ran in center or understand base-running the way Chone Figgins did," Scioscia said. "He’s made a lot of progress. He is advanced. But there is growth he needs before he’s a major league player. He understands that. This guy’s got a plan every day of what he wants to accomplish and what he wants to work on and he’s good at it."

As if all the hype around Trout wasn't enough, he also has a 90-mph fastball (see video below). Can this kid do no wrong?

-- Evan Brunell

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