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Angels Rookie Ball Report: Mike Trout continues hot start

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Orem Owlz, 7 and 7

Jake Rife, lf - (9 AB's) .444/545/.667 with 2 Dbls

Ah, small sample sizes. Rife is here because he also raked in Arizona before his promotion, owning a season line across the two levels of .387/.486/.516 in 31 AB's. He's a left-handed twenty-two-year-old out of Washington University whom the Angels selected in the 48th round of the June draft. He took a step forward this year as a senior with a .328/.413/.510 campaign, so will he be the next Chris Pettit/Roberto Lopez-type late bloomer?

Jean Segura, 2b - (58 AB's) .444/.545/.667 with 2 Dbls, 2 Trpls, and 2 HR's

Segura continues to rake, and is currently our rookie ball homerun leader.

Justin Bass, DH - (34 AB's) .324/.489/.471 with 2 Dbls, 1 HR, and 10 BB's.

Baseball America labeled him one of the best pure hitters that the Angels selected in the '07 draft. Injuries have slowed his advancement, and though he's dabbled at second base and in the OF, he doesn't really have a position, but the guy can really hit. A switch-hitter who walks in nearly 25% of his plate appearances? Yes please!

Buddy Boshers - (3 starts) 16.2 IP, 2.16 ERA, 14 K/5 BB

Tyler Kehrer - (3 starts) 10.2 IP, 2.53 ERA, 17 K/1 BB

Orangel Arenas - (3 starts) 11 IP, 2.45 ERA, 8 K/ 3 BB

This is the same trio from last week. Once again, Owlz manager Tom Kotchman has a solid rotation to work with.

AZL Angels, 9 and 4

Mike Trout, CF - (10 AB's) .600/.750/1.100 with 1 Dbl, 2 Trpls, and 6 BB's

We couldn't have asked for a better start. Question for the day: should the Halos attempt to make Trout a switch-hitter, potentially keeping him in Arizona, or should they move him just as quickly as his right-handed bat permits?

Eduardo Soto, 2B - (20 AB's) .300/.364/.600 with 2 Dbls, 2 Trpls, and 1 SB

He may be raw, but boy could he be exciting. He's got good speed and some punch in his bat. At 6', 165 pounds, he's bigger than most of the other Halos' middle infield prospects, which hopefully bodes well for his power potential down the road.

Jean Almanzar, SS - (34 AB's) .441/.487/.559 with 2 Dbls, a Trpl, 4 BB's

The 5'7, switch-hitting Almanzar has yet to strikeout.

Fabio Martinez Mesa, rhsp - (2 Starts) 12 IP, 2.25 ERA, 19 K/7 BB, 2.75 GO/AO

Yet another of our 2008 DSL rotation alums to make good in the US. The K numbers make him look too good to stay in Arizona for long, but his control could still use some work.

DSL Angels, 15 and 16

Joaquin Martinez, of - (24 AB's) .408/.481/.542 with 3 Dbls

At 19, Martinez is a touch old for the league, but that doesn't mean he hasn't raked the past two and a half weeks.

Joan Araujo - (3 appearances) 6 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 7 K/3 BB

The 18 year-old, 6'3" southpaw is putting up good numbers in relief, so will the DSL Angels give him a crack at starting?