Trout Ready For Big League Challenges
The Angels' decision to bring up outfielder Mike Trout
, the No. 2 prospect in baseball entering this season, just before the all-star break wasn't made hastily or in desperation, the team's farm director said. But it did shine a light on how clubs make those calls.
Maturity, not age or even statistics, is among the most important factors the Angels weigh in making such a move, Abe Flores
said. And the hyper-confident Trout, the Angels believed, wasn't going to get discouraged if his first taste of major league pitching proved challenging.
Trout got off to a 1-for-9 start with the Angels, his lone hit coming on a bunt single.
"Some guys, you promote them, push them a little bit, and they just wilt. And that promotion gets overwhelming," Flores said. "Where some guys, you know what, they're going to fight through it. They're arrogant enough in their belief and basically on who they are as a player that they're just going to persevere."
Trout's promotion from Double-A Arkansas, when center fielder Peter Bourjos
went down with a hamstring strain, was expected to be short-lived. But it was long enough for Trout, the 25th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Millville (N.J.) High, to prove his glove is ready for the big leagues, as he made a running catch in center field in his first game.
Either way, the 19-year-old said the 1 a.m. phone call from general manager Tony Reagins
telling him he was coming to Anaheim is one he won't soon forget.
"I was practically speechless," he said. "I got the chills. I was almost in tears."
Flores said he can't predict Trout's immediate future with the Angels.
"There has to be a role for him," he said. "We're not going to give him a tryout in the middle of a pennant race. It would be totally inappropriate. There has to be a definitive role for him. Otherwise what are we doing?"
• The Angels took first baseman Efren Navarro
in the 50th round of the 2007 draft and he's been quite a bargain. A non-roster invitee to spring training, Navarro was batting .331/.383/.448 with Triple-A Salt Lake.
• Mississippi State infielder Jarrod Parks
, a 24th-round pick in June, earned a promotion to high Class A Inland Empire after batting .419/.519/.698 with three home runs in 12 games with Rookie-level Orem.