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.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.