- Mark Saxon, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.