Monday, March 14, 2011
Mega-prospect Mike Trout reassigned
By Mark Saxon
The Angels reassigned their top prospect, outfielder Mike Trout, to minor league camp Monday along with nine other players. Trout, 19, batted .211 in 19 at-bats with four walks and five strikeouts in his first major-league camp.
He likely will begin the season at Double-A Arkansas. Trout, who is among the fastest players in professional baseball, is widely considered either the No. 1 or No. 2 prospect in the game alongside Washington’s Bryce Harper.
The Nationals reassigned Harper to minor league camp Saturday.
The other Angels players reassigned to the minor-league side were left-handed pitcher Trevor Reckling; 7-foot-1 right-hander Loek Van Mil; outfielders Angel Castillo, Jeremy Moore and Travis Witherspoon; and infielders Gabe Jacobo, Efren Navarro, Darwin Perez and Jean Segura.
The Angels now have 47 players in their spring-training clubhouse, a number they’ll have to trim to 25 in the next 16 days.
Also, Scott Kazmir pitched in a ‘B’ game against Colorado Rockies minor-leaguers Monday and allowed two hits and a run in four innings. Kazmir threw 76 pitches and walked three and struck out four in a 4-2 Angels win. He is on track to be the Angels’ No. 4 starter.
Kazmir was among the least-effective starters in the American League last year, going 9-15 with a 5.94 ERA.