Angels Final Report





Best Player: When Baseball America picks you as the Minor League Player of the Year, chances are you're also tops in your organization. And that was certainly the case with outfielder Mike Trout.

Trout breezed through his second full season since being selected 25th overall out of high school in New Jersey in 2009, hitting .326/.414/.544 with 82 runs and 33 stolen bases in 91 games for Double-A Arkansas before earning a promotion to Anaheim. He was hitting just .220/.282/.420 in 100 at-bats with the Angels but played a solid center field while showing flashes of brilliance. Trout homered twice in a late-August game against the Mariners, becoming the youngest player with a multi-homer game in Angels history.

Trout brings a rare blend of speed and power. A righthanded hitter, he has been clocked at 3.75 seconds from home to first, and his career minor league slugging percentage is .508.

Best Pitcher: Former Angels scouting director Eddie Bane played a hunch when he signed righthander Matt Shoemaker as a nondrafted free agent out of Eastern Michigan in 2008. Even though Angels top pitching prospect Garrett Richards made his big league debut in August, Shoemaker, 24, outpitched his teammate at Arkansas, leading the Texas League in wins (12), ERA (2.88), shutouts (two) and complete games (five). He struck out 127 and walked 34 in 151 innings.

Keep An Eye On: Righthander Ariel Pena has been striking out batters at an eye-popping pace in the high Class A California League this season, fanning 180 in 152 innings for Inland Empire. And Pena, 22, got better as the season moved on, averaging 1.4 strikeouts an inning after the all-star break. The 6-foot-3, 186-pounder is still growing into his frame and went 10-6, 4.45 overall. He is also working to harness his 91-94 mph fastball, evidenced by his 81 walks.

ANGEL FOOD

• Inland Empire rallied to win a second-half playoff berth in the Cal League, while Rookie-level Orem finished with the best record in the Pioneer League.

• Last season, righthander Kevin Jepsen went 2-4, 3.97 in 68 appearances with the Angels, but he spent most of this year in Triple-A after posting a 7.62 ERA in 16 appearances with Los Angeles. He went 1-3, 4.45 in 28 innings with Salt Lake before arthroscopic knee surgery on the last day in August. His rehab was expected to last no longer than eight weeks.