For the first time in his career, Mike Trout required a stint on the DL in 2017 after he tore the UCL in his left thumb in late May. He missed 39 games as a result of the injury, but showed no lingering effects of the ailment after returning to the lineup following the All-Star break. Over his final 67 games, Trout hit .285/.429/.552, with 17 homers, 36 RBI, 12 steals, and a 58:48 BB:K in 301 plate appearances, a pace that would have made him a 40-homer, 30-steal player over a full 162-game season. The per-game production was once again at an MVP level, and it's hard to believe that he's still just 26 years old. Since the second half of the 2017 season, the Angels have upgraded the supporting cast around Trout, and his run-production numbers could tick up slightly in 2018 as a result. Even if he's no longer the unanimous choice as the No. 1 overall pick in drafts, he's still on the short list of players in the conversation.
Trout went 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's spring loss to the Giants. Trout entered Saturday's contest mired in a 1-for-14 slump, but he broke out of his dry spell in a big way. Spring training stats for a proven superstar of his caliber shouldn't mean much to fantasy owners, as the production (assuming good health) should be sky-high for the 26-year-old once the games begin to count.
Trout went 0-for-2 with a walk in Friday's spring training loss to the Cubs. Trout has gone hitless in his first four at-bats this spring, but that shouldn't raise any concerns at all. The key for the five-tool superstar is that he is healthy coming into the 2018 campaign after landing on the DL for the first time in his distinguished career last season. Even with his injury-shortened campaign, Trout is still regarded as potentially the best fantasy asset heading into drafts, which is a testament to his generational talent.
Trout is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the White Sox, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. With the Angels' elimination from the playoffs, manager Mike Scioscia elected to give a bunch of regulars the day off, so Trout will occupy a seat on the bench for the series finale. In his place, Eric Young will patrol center field.
Trout went 1-for-3 with a home run and a stolen base in Monday's 4-2 loss to the White Sox. Trout reached the 30-homer plateau for the fourth time at the ripe age of 25, becoming the 10th player in major-league history to accomplish the feat. It is even more impressive when you consider the superstar missed six weeks of action this season with a thumb injury. The Angels' playoff hopes appear to be dwindling, but Trout can still make a big impact for his fantasy owners.
Trout went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Indians. Trout's bat has uncharacteristically gone cold this month, as he has gone just 15-for-61 (.246) through 18 September starts. In true superstar fashion, he has still provided fantasy value during his hitting slump with two homers, six steals and 14 runs scored.