Mike Trout demonstrates improved technique with strike to plate

first_imgAsked afterward if it was the best throw of his career, Trout said: “It’s one of them, for sure. When I saw him go around, I knew I had a shot, just put it right on the money.”Scioscia said much of the improvement in Trout’s arm shows up in the plays he doesn’t have to make. He said runners are taking fewer chances against Trout now.“He does a great job of turning doubles into singles out there by cutting balls off and making good throws to second,” Scioscia said.This season 44.3 percent of runners have declined to try for the extra base against Trout: going from first to third on a single, first to home on a double. It is the second highest rate of his career, and just about the major league average.Street’s plan ANAHEIM >> During his first few years in the big leagues, one of the questions about Mike Trout was his arm strength, so he worked diligently to improve that.Now, the development of his arm has been mostly about technique and accuracy, which he showed off by temporarily saving the game for the Angels with a strike to the plate in the ninth inning on Wednesday night.“As he’s modified and refined his technique, you are seeing a much more functional thrower,” Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday. “I think he’s turned out to be a good thrower. When he first came up, he he had to work very hard to get to this level, and he’s maintained it.”Trout fielded the ball in the ninth inning on Wednesday after two hops, in medium deep center field. He then uncorked a throw that sailed all the way to catcher Martin Maldonado on the fly. He tagged out Robinson Chirinos, ending the inning. Huston Street, who has been out with a mild rotator cuff strain since early July, resumed throwing this week and is now headed to continue his rehab in Arizona.Street said he has mapped out a plan that would get him back to pitch for the final two weeks.“It was a longer process than I think we anticipated,” Street said, “but it feels good now. We can just kind of build up to something to try to finish the season healthy. That’s a goal.”AlsoYunel Escobar (strained oblique) had a recovery day in his rehab on Thursday. He is scheduled to work out on the field on Friday, and then the Angels will determine if he’s ready for a rehab assignment. …Alex Meyer (shoulder inflammation) continues to do some light throwing, but he has not progressed to long toss. Scioscia said he still believes the Angels have time to rehab Meyer as a starter, instead of a reliever. …Ben Revere (bruised knee) was out of the lineup again on Thursday, although he might not have played anyway because the Angels were facing a lefty. Scioscia said Revere would work out during the game, and could be ready soon.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img