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Angels have no plans yet to call up Mike Trout

Mike Scioscia says that despite the Angels' offensive problems, Trout will stay for the time being at triple-A Salt Lake, where the outfielder is hitting .419.

April 25, 2012|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Mike Trout is off a strong start with the Angels' triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City.
Mike Trout is off a strong start with the Angels' triple-A affiliate… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The more the offense stagnates, the more fans clamor for Mike Trout, the dynamic outfield prospect who is tearing it up at triple-A Salt Lake, to be called up and inserted into the lineup.

But there was no indication from Manager Mike Scioscia on Wednesday that the Angels are considering such a move at this time.

"I don't believe anything is imminent, but when you play at the level Mike is playing at now, you become more of a focal point of fans, the media and the organization," Scioscia said.

"When a move is made depends on a lot of things. When you're playing that well, you tend to push the door open for yourself, but right now he will continue to play [at Salt Lake] until something changes."

The Angels, desperate for a spark last season, promoted Trout, then 19, from double-A Arkansas on July 8, and in two stints in Anaheim Trout hit .220 with five homers and 16 runs batted in.

But in his first 19 games at Salt Lake this season, the speedy Trout is batting .419 (31 for 74) with a .483 on-base percentage, .649 slugging percentage, one homer, four doubles, five triples and 13 RBIs.

Trout would be a candidate to replace center fielder Peter Bourjos (.186) or left fielder Vernon Wells (.239). Scioscia said the Angels will promote Trout only if there is a significant role for him.

"This team has some guys we feel are going to play at a higher level," Scioscia said. "If things continue to stagnate, we'll put more weight on [a Trout] decision. But right now, we're trying to find the identity of this team, and we're not there yet. … Where [Trout] is right now is where he needs to be."

Tipping point

An extensive video review of Ervin Santana's shoddy start against the Rays on Tuesday revealed plenty of hanging breaking balls and poorly placed fastballs, too many hitter's counts and some questionable pitch sequences.

It did not reveal that Santana, who was tagged for a career-high four home runs and has given up a major league-high 10 homers in 232/3 innings, is tipping his pitches.

"We're pretty confident that's not the case; we didn't see anything that stood out," pitching coach Mike Butcher said. "It's a matter of executing pitches and setting up hitters better."

Though the Rays took some good swings against Santana, Butcher didn't see telltale signs that hitters knew what was coming.

"When a guy checks off on a nasty breaking ball down and away, a ball he'd normally swing at, that's an indication you might be tipping pitches," Butcher said. "Or if you're making really nasty, quality pitches and they're driving them. Normally, those pitches wouldn't be driven."

mike.digiovanna@latimes.com

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