Bryce Harper kept Mike Trout from ranking No. 1 on most prospect lists this year, but the 2009 first-round pick is a truly elite prospect and the Angels have pushed him very aggressively by sending him to Double-A as a 19-year-old this season.
It takes a special prospect to even hold his own in the high minors as a teenager, but Trout is beyond a special prospect and so far at least he’s crushing Double-A pitching.
Through six games he’s hitting .318 with three homers, more walks than strikeouts, and a 1.150 OPS. All the small sample size caveats apply, of course, but Trout hit .341 with 56 steals between two levels of Single-A as an 18-year-old last season and if his hot start leads to significant power development his upside may go from MVP-caliber to Hall of Fame-caliber.
The Yankees fell behind early to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, a day after dropping both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their game, as did every other game on Sunday with the exception of the Braves-Cardinals doubleheader, started at 3:05 or 3:10 EDT, a change Major League Baseball recently made to create fairness on the final day of the season.
Girardi is not a fan. Per the Associated Press:
It was cloudy at Camden Yards at 3:05 p.m., but late-afternoon games often make it difficult for batters to see pitches.
Girardi said, “Here’s the thing that bothers me: If it’s a sunny day you’re playing in shadows.”
He added, “If it’s the most important game of the year to get in, I don’t think that’s right.”
Understanding the idea is for every team to play at the same time, Girardi said, “Then play all night games.”
One wonders if MLB had scheduled Sunday’s slate of games for the night, if Girardi would have instead complained about batters losing fly balls in the stadium lights. Furthermore, both teams have to play in the same conditions.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was given an opportunity to play a new position in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. After the Phillies rallied to take a 6-2 lead in the seventh, the Marlins let Suzuki take the hill in the eighth. And, in news that surprises no one, he was impressive.
Though Suzuki gave up a run on two hits, he flashed a fastball that hit the mid-80’s and a breaking ball with some bite.
Suzuki, who turns 42 years old later this month, is 65 hits of 3,000 in his major league career. The Marlins are interested in bringing him back in 2016.