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Why did Trout go back to Double-A?

Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:36 pm
Mike TroutBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Mike Trout is back in the minors, but many were surprised when the Angels sent him to Double-A Arkansas instead of Triple-A Salt Lake City.

So, why is the 19-year-old outfielder going back to the Texas League instead of the Pacific Coast League? Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters, including Marcia C. Smith of the Orange County Register, on Wednesday that there were two reasons.

1. Pitching: "What we're getting from our scouts is that there's a lot of really high-end prospects throwing the ball down there right now," Scioscia said.

2. Playoffs: "Double-A's going to the playoffs and we really feel strongly that in a player's development it's important to experience the playoffs. In Mike's case, he's a guy who's leading a team to the playoffs. His comfort level is there."

The Travelers won the first-half title in the North division in the league, so they're guaranteed a spot in the postseason.

Another thing many front-office types like about the Texas League is that there are just eight teams in the league, meaning players face the same teams repeatedly and must make more adjustments because the pitchers and hitters are so familiar with each other.

In his first two games back at Double-A, Trout's 3 for 8. In 14 games for the Angels, Trout hit .163/.213/.279 with a home run and two doubles in 47 plate appearances. At Double-A, he's hitting .326/.416/.530. 

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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:36 pm

Why did Trout go back to Double-A?

Look at it like boxing.  Trout has to fight some more tomato cans before he is ready for elite competition.

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:42 pm

Why did Trout go back to Double-A?

How often do we see this is baseball? A top prospect comes up to the Bigs with the hype machine in full effect, but he's just not ready to contribute at the major league level and struggles mightily. Not every player can be Stephen Strasburg out of the shoot. Better to send him back down for more seasoning and in Trout's case much more AB's. The kid is only 19. He has plenty of time to improve his skill set. Don't rush him. The idea is to continue building the confidence back up to where he can regard his first stint with the big club as a learning experience and not a failure.

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