Angels Send Mike Trout To Triple-A

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a catch on a ball hit by Mike Napoli of the Texas Rangers in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Mike Trout is a top major league prospect. Due to illness and a logjam in the Angels' outfield, he'll have to wait for more big league time.

Mike Trout is just 20 years old, but is by consensus one of the top prospects in all of baseball.

He'll have to continue that prospect status in Triple-A, at least to begin the season. There are legitimate reasons for that. Mark Saxon:

The Los Angeles Angels optioned one of baseball's most highly regarded prospects to Triple-A Salt Lake Friday, just two days before they break camp to leave Arizona. They likely would have kept Trout on the team longer, but his spring was delayed by an illness that caused him to lose more than 15 pounds.

Trout has yet to play a game at the Triple-A level; he was promoted directly from Double-A to the major leagues in 2011. At Double-A Arkansas, he hit .326/.414/.544 with 11 home runs and 33 stolen bases in 91 games, but hit just .220/.281/.390 for the Angels. He had 123 at-bats in the major leagues, which means he can still qualify for Rookie of the Year in 2012.

It's likely that the Angels will eventually move Bobby Abreu, which could create a roster spot for Trout. But for now, Trout will look to regain his strength and hitting stroke at Salt Lake City.

Despite the fishy-looking pose in the photo on this post, Mike Trout is not related to former major league pitcher Paul "Dizzy" Trout nor his son Steve "Rainbow" Trout. Perhaps that's for the best, because Trout should become known for his talent and not a fishy or silly nickname.

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