The difficulties between the Los Angeles Angels and OF Bobby Abreu came to an end tonight as the club released the veteran and the obvious answer was a call-up of super-prospect Mike Trout. In the wake of a very disappointing start to the season, Trout will be playing regularly in Anaheim effective immediately.
Big spenders in the offseason, the Angels have stumbled out of the gate, along with the biggest acquisition of the winter, Albert Pujols. The outfield is just one of several positions that have come up short. Early returns don’t always play out over the long haul of a 162-game MLB season, but the Angels appear to have an odd mix of talents.
Manager Mike Scoscia says that Trout will play left and center. Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells, Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo, who is absolutely on fire at the plate, are the other outfield options. Abreu didn’t have much of a claim for a position among them. Bourjous is struggling, but he is a speedy centerfielder, not a position that Abreu could fit into.
Trout got 135 PA last season with the Angels but his line was a paltry .220/.281/.390, far below his minor league numbers that made him a #1 or #2 prospect in nearly every list going into 2012.
In 40 games at AAA Salt Lake City this season, Trout has been in top form. With an OPS of 1.091, it is a logical move to insert him into the struggling Angels’ offense.