MLB.com's No. 3 prospect went 2-for-4 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to 10 games in Triple-A Salt Lake's 8-4 loss to Tucson on Saturday. But what he did on the basepaths in the sixth inning was truly noteworthy.
With one out, Trout singled to left field for his second hit of the night. He took his customary lead as Alexi Amarsita stepped to the plate. On an 0-1 count, Padres reliever Eddie Kunz -- aware of Trout's blazing speed -- pitched out twice in addition to throwing over to first base once. Once Kunz decided to focus on the batter, Amarista stroked the ball to right field for what should have been an ordinary single.
Trout motored around second and set his sights on third base, pretty standard stuff on balls hit to right.
"I was going as hard as I can around second going into third," he said. "My third base coach [Bees manager Keith Johnson] was way up the line and he usually throws up a stop sign. But I didn't see one, so I kept going. I think he threw it up just as I got to him, but I didn't see it and it was too late at that point anyways."
The Angels' top prospect beat the relay from right fielder Sawyer Carroll to score and lift the Bees within 5-4.
Trout has been known for his blazing speed since he was selected 25th overall in the 2009 draft. During the 2010 season, he stole 56 bases in 131 games between Class A Cedar Rapids and Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga, then added 33 steals in 91 games for Double-A Arkansas a year ago.
Speed is something the New Jersey native has always been proud to include as one of his five tools.
"My speed's been going good," Trout said. "It's one of those things that I need to rely on as an outfielder to make plays out there and on the basepaths, too. So it's something you're always working on and hoping can be at its best."
Trout is hitting .385 with a homer, a double, two triples, six RBIs and three steals in his first taste of Triple-A.
The 20-year-old also played center field for Salt Lake for only the second time. He'd been the Bees' designated hitter for eight games after suffering from shoulder tendinitis and a bout with the flu during Spring Training.
"I feel good," Trout said. "I'm still getting used to it again, watching the ball come off the bat, tracking it down as it's carrying, that sort of thing. But all in all, everything's going fine out there."
Paul McAnulty delivered a two-run double, but Bees starter Trevor Bell (1-1) gave up four runs -- all in the first two innings -- over five frames to absorb the loss.
Brad Davis tagged Bell for a two-run homer in the second and Anthony Contreras also had a pair of RBIs for Tucson.