Mike Trout goes to school

March, 29, 2011
Outfield prospect Mike Trout is an exciting player.

At his age, 19, you just hope he does something exciting for you, rather than exciting for the other team. Monday night at Dodger Stadium, he showed why everyone's so high on him and why it's dangerous to amp up the rhetoric so early.

Trout replaced Peter Bourjos in center field and had two base hits, including an RBI single off closer Jonathan Broxton that tied the game. He also looked unsure on a high fly ball hit by Matt Kemp that wound up costing Fernando Rodney two earned runs.

Shortstop Jean Segura ranged well into center field and made a stab at the ball with his back to the infield, but Trout should have been calling him off all along, manager Mike Scioscia said after the game.

"Mike just gave up on it. As the center fielder, you can’t do that," Scioscia said. "Segura went a long way to even get close to that ball. That’s Mike’s ball... and he knows it."

Scioscia said Trout didn't wait for him or one of the coaches to point out his mistake. He walked into Scioscia's office after the game and took the blame.

"This kid is accountable," Scioscia said.

The Angels will be relying on as many as a half-dozen players with less than three months of major-league experience this year (more on that in Thursday's season preview), so it could be a season of living with youthful mistakes to benefit from youthful talent.

Monday was just a glimpse.

"There was a lot of young talent, but you could see there was some minor-league in those guys," Scioscia said.

Mark Saxon

Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.



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Jered Weaver
15 3.57 137 181
BAM. Trout .290
HRM. Trout 31
RBIM. Trout 97
RM. Trout 92
OPSM. Trout .934
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOG. Richards 164