This was an eventful week as Major League Baseball announced the 2012 All-Star Game rosters.
Rookie Mike Trout is the marquee announcement this week. Trout wasn't even on the fan ballot when the year began because he was still in the Minor Leagues. Now, Trout is the youngest player in Angels history and the seventh-youngest position player in American League history to be named an All-Star.
The five-tool outfielder was one of four Angels players selected for next week's All-Star event in Kansas City when rosters were unveiled via the MLB All-Star Selection Show Sunday. Joining him as a reserve on the American League roster, managed by Rangers Manager Ron Washington, is outfielder Mark Trumbo and pitchers Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson. Trumbo will also participate in the Home Run Derby.
"It's awesome getting picked," the 20-year-old Trout told MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez this week. "I'm getting chills thinking about it right now. Getting to represent the Angels, having Trumbo make it and C.J. and Weave, it's great."
The Angels won with an exciting comeback Thursday and look to regain pitching consistency beginning Friday night. They are looking forward to the return of catcher Chris Ianetta, Vernon Wells and Jerome Williams from the disabled list over the next few weeks. The Angels will need every element in place to chase down the American League leading Texas Rangers.
Before going on the injured list, Williams had given up 14 runs in his last 16 2/3 innings, raising his ERA from 3.68 to 4.46.
We at Angels Radio AM 830 in Anaheim will watch with high expectations for Trout to see what unfolds as the young star continues to gain attention for his hard work and tremendous skill set.