Mike Trout Makes his Debut!

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Updated: February 27, 2017

The Angels finally had what resembled a full lineup, (minus Albert Pujols,) today, and that included the debut of reigning MVP Mike Trout! Up to this point, the Halos had mostly been working their starters in slowly, with C.J. Cron, Andrelton Simmons, Luis Valbuena, and Carlos Perez the only players who could realistically be considered for a regular starting role playing thus far. Today, Yunel Escobar, Cameron Maybin, Danny Espinosa, Kole Calhoun, and Trout finally making it into the starting lineup. Trout batted twice in the game, and walked both times. Not too exciting, but the man gets on base!

The the big pitching story is from the Angels’ top pitching prospect, Nate Smith. Smith twirled two scoreless innings in his Spring debut, and he has an outside chance at making this rotation. More importantly, if the Angels can get performances like that out of their young pitching prospects, it gives the team much more depth, which they obviously sorely need after witnessing what happened last season with some injuries. Tomorrow, Manny Banuelos gets the start, and if he can pitch well and show he’s put the injuries and failed expectations behind him it will be another boon to the Angels staff. As I’ve stated here many times, the Angels’ staff can use all the help it can get.

You should always take Spring games with a grain of salt, and you should never pay attention to the wins or losses, but there are still those little things that a player can show you to give you hope. The most important thing a player can show in the spring, though, is health, and if pitchers like Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker, and Tyler Skaggs can show they’re healthy and ready to contribute at a high level, than the Angels pitching staff just might be okay this season.

 

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