Trout, Trumbo Break Out For Angels

Best Player: The best player in the system was one of the best in all of the minor leagues. Mike Trout played in the Futures Game at 18. He was a kid in low Class A, one year out of high school. The Angels, who rarely deviate from their one-league-per-year philosophy, jumped Trout from the Midwest League to the high Class A California League in July.

Fast track to Anaheim by September 2011? Probably a bit too fast for the outfielder, but the Angels won't rule it out for the Midwest League MVP, who hit .362/.454/.526 at Cedar Rapids. Trout hit .306/.388/.434 at Rancho Cucamonga, and his stolen base success ratio dropped from 83 percent to 65 percent.

The Angels also were thrilled with Mark Trumbo, who batted .301/.368/.577 at Triple-A Salt Lake. He led the Pacific Coast League with 36 home runs, 103 runs and 122 RBIs. Trumbo's best position is first base, but he'll play outfield in winter ball to maximize his chances of breaking camp with the Angels next year.

Best Pitcher: The best pitchers also jumped leagues this season, twice each. The best overall, 20-year-old righthander Tyler Chatwood, went 8-3, 1.77 in 14 games at Rancho Cucamonga and 4-6, 3.82 in 12 games at Double-A Arkansas. The Angels promoted him to Salt Lake for his final start.

The best reliever, Michael Kohn, had a 2.45 ERA in 15 games at Arkansas and a 1.95 ERA in 26 games at Salt Lake. He held opponents to a combined .179 average. The Angels promoted him to Anaheim in July.

Keep An Eye On: Righthander Steven Geltz, 22, signed out of SUNY Buffalo as a nondrafted free agent two years ago. He just keeps putting up the strikeouts, even at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds. He split this season between Rancho Cucamonga and Arkansas, with 87 strikeouts in 53 innings, holding opponents to a .159 average. The Angels will send him to the Arizona Fall League.


• In addition to Geltz, the Angels' AFL contingent includes righthanders Ryan Brasier and Eddie McKiernan, lefthander Robert Fish, shortstop Andrew Romine, outfielder Jeremy Moore—and infielder Brandon Wood, 25, the onetime top prospect given a last chance after batting .162/.188/.216 for the Angels.

• The Angels acquired 7-foot-1 righthander Loek Van Mil, 25, from the Twins for closer Brian Fuentes. Minnesota had designated him for assignment to make room on the roster for Fuentes.