The Los Angeles Angels were so excited to get a look at Mike Trout that they penciled him into the leadoff spot for today’s game against the Cleveland Indians. Snow and rain has delayed the afternoon start for a couple of hours. Trout, 20, was drafted in 2009 by the Angels with the 25th overall pick. He was leading the Pacific Coast League in batting this season (.403, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 4 doubles, 5 triples, 6 SB), and his incredible numbers with the Salt Lake Bees were too hard to ignore any longer. Bobby Abreu was released to make room for Trout, who is scheduled to lead-off and play left field today. Shortstop Erick Aybar had led-off in 15 of the 20 games so far this season.
Trout made his debut in July of 2011, but coming into this season there was no room for him on the opening day roster. Too many outfielders and designated hitters forced Trout to start the year in triple-A. The poor start by the Angels, and the hot start by Trout in the minors made it impossible for the Angels to keep Trout in Salt Lake any longer.
His 2012 debut today is overshadowed slightly by the call-up of National’s outfielder Bryce Harper. Both Trout and Harper are expected to be all-star caliber, five-tool players. Today’s call-up should be permanent for both.
The 2009 MLB draft also featured Stephen Strasburg (1st), Dustin Ackley (2nd), Mike Minor (7th), Mike Leake (8th), Drew Storen (10th), and Brett Jackson (31st).