Mike Trout, stud prospect for the Angels, has arrived in the bigs. The Angels have been struggling early (somehow) and brought up a guy who is tearing up the minors hoping for a spark. The spark hasn’t happened yet.
Trout has played two games now and has gone 0/7 with 1 K and 1 BB. Just not good. However, it’s his first two games at the MLB level this year, so it’s way to early to read into it, especially considering his minor league numbers.
In the minors this year, Trout was hitting .467 with 1 HR, 13 RBIs, and 6 SBs. Last year in the minors he hit .414 with 121 HRs, and 33 SBs. That is a crazy good average at any level.
So what do we do with him and our fantasy team? Trout had 123 MLB at bats last year and hit .281, with 0 HRs and 4 SB. We should see a similar trend, good average, some power (10 – 15 HRs), and lots of speed (30+ steals). Even with his ability to hit for high average, he doesn’t walk as much as he should and strikes out a little much – experience should help right those numbers. He has great upside and could quickly be one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball. But the learning curve will still cause some ups and downs. He must be owned in deep leagues. He should be owned in medium leagues. Shallow leagues can definitely consider having him on their bench and potentially starting as his ceiling is so high. However, there is a potential for a platoon in the OF with him, so until we see him with regular playing time his value is lowered.