ANAHEIM — Tyler Skaggs, a former Angels first-round Draft pick which made his first start in Angel Stadium in the Freeway String finale, has spent considerable time in the Minor Leagues using Mike Trout.
And when Trout homered in the second inning of Saturdays inevitable 6-2 win — in front of a sold-out herd, hours after taking part in any press conference to celebrate his six-year, $144.5 million file format — Skaggs was not the least bit surprised.
I necessarily mean, the kid is unbelievable,Inch Skaggs said of a guy thats nonetheless the same age. I can embark upon and on. I glow while i talk about him because he or she is almost family to me. Were together for a long time. I know his family, he knows my family. That couldnt have happened to a greater kid. Im very, delighted for him. If everyone in the Major Leagues has to get a huge contract, I am like its that person. And its fitting that he visitors a home run.
The Dodgers, who re-open their particular season in San Diego about Sunday night, finished with any Spring Training record of 7-12-5. The Angels, who host the Mariners on Monday night time, went 19-11-2.
Skaggs threw 97 pitch and lasted 3 2/3 innings previous to exiting, but he threw in the towel only two runs on a double by Chone Figgins. He frequently lay in the mid-90s with his fastball and ended up being told by pitching coach Paul Butcher that he cracked the rotation upon exiting, even though that has been obvious for quite some time.
Albert Pujols along with David Freese hit RBI doubles from the first and the Angels tacked with four runs in the minute, getting a three-run homer from Kole Calhoun as well as a solo shot from Trout to build an early 6-0 lead versus ex-teammate Dan Haren, who struggled in reference to his cutter and recorded merely six outs.
Trout, the newly minted multi-millionaire, singled to left in the initial, hit his sixth homer of the spring in the subsequent, was robbed of a single on a diving catch by subsequent baseman Brendan Harris in the fifth and reach out swinging in the location, finishing Spring Training having a .414 batting average.
Hes the best person in the game, by far, Skaggs stated. I mean theres no comparison to be able to anybody.