If you are around my age you danced to this little diddy which I think Trout should use as his walk up music tonight. He’s too humble to do so.
Yes, the news around baseball is the return of Mike Trout tonight in Detroit.
The wunderkind is no longer a kid and it has been a while since we’ve seen how wonderful he can be. Thankfully we’ve had the greatness of Ohtani to tide us over, but it never hurts to look back at some of Trout’s greatest moments.
I’m already stoked to go watch Team USA take on the world in the World Baseball Classic. Trout is the captain of the team and some serious thunder has committed to playing with him.
Unfortunately Ohtani’s greatness was not enough to single handedly overcome the Mariners this week. The Angels were swept, which does help with draft position next year.
If you’re looking for quality, winning baseball take look at the Rocket City Trash Pandas.
And in case you’re wondering about the O’Hoppe kid. Well, he’s crushing it with the bat and pulled this off.
There are already plenty of intriguing arms in Rocket City. On the year both Brett Kerry and Coleman Crow have over a hundred strikeouts. After the draft, Perry sent the hardest thrower in college baseball there.
Yes the system is low on position player prospects, but with first round pick Neto joining the Thicc King and O’Hoppe what we do have is in AA. It is also noteworthy that outfielder Ryan Aguilar is leading the league in on base percentage with a whopping .411. He might profile as a fourth outfielder but I’ll take a fourth outfielder who gets on base any day.
So while the current Angels are a tough team to watch, keep an eye on the Pandas. They have the best home win percentage in the minors and the 5th best overall winning percentage in the minors. The next wave of Angels success could be in Huntsville right now.
And guess what? I’m recording an interview with Trash Pandas manager this morning.
The Trash Pandas aren’t the only Angels affiliate doing well. The Inland Empire 66ers are in first place in the South division of the Cal League and some young talent is starting to perform.
Want to know why young Edgar Quero is climbing up the Angels prospect lists? Check out this sweet swing from the 20 year old catcher who already has 14 bombs on the year to go along with a .319 batting average and a .429 OBP.
One final thought: Arte cares about actual payroll and cash flow not the annual average value used to calculate the luxury tax. So with the luxury tax threshold going up next year we could see a heavily backloaded Ohtani extension that would hit the Angels luxury tax calculations harder than it would hit Arte’s wallet. That would likely set up a problem later when Trout and Ohtani are past prime and pulling in huge dollars, but since when did Arte look long term?