OAKLAND (USA Today) — Mike Trout approached veteran Torii Hunter before Sunday's game and inquired about the start time for chapel service, one of the countless bits of information rookies absorb when they get to the majors.
The fleet-footed teenager, universally regarded as one of baseball's top three prospects, is merely getting a taste of the big leagues as an injury replacement for Los Angeles Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos. Trout's job is to learn, and he figures to return to the minors when Bourjos is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, even if he improves on his current .125 batting average.
The more difficult decision will come next year if Trout continues to tear into minor league pitching. He was batting .324 with a .950 on-base-plus-slugging percentage at Class AA (Little Rock) Arkansas when he was called up.
The Angels have outfielders Hunter and Vernon Wells under contract for 2012 at a combined cost of $39 million, and Bourjos has been nothing short of sensational defensively in center field and on the base paths.