Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout became one of a select few players in major league baseball history to make his big league debut while he was still 19 years old. Since being called up from Double-A Arkansas after a Peter Bourjos injury, Trout has batted just .176 in his first 10 games, however according to many has shown a level of maturity not expected from someone of his age. In the story Trout talks about living up to the expectations of being a top prospect at such a young age, making adjustments to American League pitching, and enjoying the chance to play on a series at Baltimore in front of a number of family and friends from his native New Jersey.
It’s been four years to the day since tragedy struck Minor League Baseball when Tulsa Drillers coach Mike Coolbaugh was struck with a line drive and killed while coaching first base during the Drillers game at Arkansas. Coolbaugh’s brother Scott is now the Texas Rangers’ hitting coach. In the story Scott talks about his brothers memory, forming the Diamond Dreams foundation, and how tough it was not to be able to call his brother and tell him he was headed to the big leagues.
One night after Luis Mendoza fired a controversial No Hitter in Triple-A against the Memphis Redbirds, the combo of Will Smith and Kelvin Herrera combined for a No Hitter of their own for the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals against the Arkansas Travelers. Smith went 7 innings allowing no hits, a pair of walks, and striking out five. Herrera closed it out with two perfect innings in the eighth and ninth to close out the no hitter. In addition the Naturals turned a Triple Play after Smith walked the first two batters in the 6th inning. Travelers pitcher Matt Shoemaker was a very tough luck loser as he went 9IP, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 8K’s and got the loss.