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Trout at-bats go swimmingly in Salt Lake
Top prospect gets three hits, supports Richards in Bees' romp
04/21/2012 12:42 AM ET
Mike Trout is batting .406 through 15 Triple-A games.
Mike Trout is batting .406 through 15 Triple-A games. (Brent Asay/MiLB.com)
Mike Trout can look up at the scoreboard Saturday evening and see an impressive number next to his name: .406.

MLB.com's No. 3 prospect collected three more hits and four RBIs, and fellow Angels farmhand Garrett Richards pitched six scoreless innings Friday night in Triple-A Salt Lake's 10-2 win over the Las Vegas 51s.

"We're having a blast," Trout said. "I just go out there, do my thing."

Pacific Coast League fans will be hard-pressed to tire of watching the five-tool player do just that. The 20-year-old center fielder walked and stole second base in the first inning, singled in the second and doubled in the fourth and sixth before grounding out in his final plate appearance.

"The last couple games, I was jumping at the ball," said Trout, who went 0-for-2 on Thursday to end a season-opening 14-game hitting streak. "So I was just trying to stay back and put good swings on the ball."

The Angels' 2009 first-round pick has 26 base knocks in his first 64 at-bats at the Triple-A level. Through 16 games, he's posted .406/.452/.594 marks.

Richards (3-0), Trout's friend and roommate and the Angels' No. 3 prospect, scattered eight hits and two walks while striking out six. He threw 57 of 93 pitches for strikes.

"He kept the ball down and threw strikes," Trout said.

The 23-year-old right-hander has been solid since losing out to veteran Jerome Williams in a heated Spring Training battle for the fifth spot in the Halos' rotation. Like Trout, he remains on the cusp of the returning to the big leagues.

"I'm always rooting for him," Trout said.

Las Vegas' Travis Snider went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. Infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, the Blue Jays' No. 16 prospect, went 4-for-4 to raise his average to .343.

Tim Redding (0-2) started for the 51s and allowed six runs on nine hits over four frames.

Andrew Pentis is a contributor to MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at AndrewMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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