After an exciting if uninspiring 14 game run with the Anaheim Angels of The Earth, the great Mike Trout Experiment is finished for now. The Angels sent their 19 year-old phenom back to double A after his playing time dried up.
The health of Peter Bourjos and Vernon Wells certainly sped up the relegation of Trout, though his relative lack of success at the big league level helped make the front office’s decision. His .163/.213/.279 slash line in 47 plate appearances doesn’t exactly earn him the benefit of the doubt.
Young Trout took to twitter to express his gratitude for his time drawing big time checks in the Bigs. My question is this: why send him all the way back to double A? If he was good enough for a look at the big leagues, surely he earned some time at AAA?
The Arkansas Travelers are the champions of the Texas League’s South division so Mike Trout could bolster the playoff run of the Angels’ double A affiliate. Do the Angels put more value in that success than the development of their number 1 prospect? Showing the affiliates the love is generally a good idea when the time is right, as the Blue Jays learned the hard way.
Hard to say, really. Exposure to the PCL might be good for the prospect porn lover in you but Trout’s minor league numbers don’t really need inflating. Hopefully he learned something during his first cup of coffee that will make his already sure-to-be-good professional career.