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Free Mike Trout: Angels Prospect Returns to Lineup After HBP, Now Hitting .419

BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 24: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim follows his three RBI home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the eighth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 24, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Angels defeated the Orioles 9-3. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Michael NargiSenior Analyst IApril 26, 2012

While the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continue losing, falling further into last place, they also continue to wait to call up one of the best prospects in baseball.

Mike Trout returned to the lineup for the Salt Lake Bees after missing one game due to being hit by a pitch on Sunday afternoon. Trout wasted no time getting back in the swing of things.

In what was his best game of the season for the Angels' Triple-A club, Trout went 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple, three runs, two RBI and two walks.

His average though 19 games this season is a mind-blowing .419.

Torii Hunter is the only Angels outfielder who is not struggling mightily as Vernon Wells is hitting .239 and Peter Bourjos is barely getting by at .186.

Fans are beginning to lose patience with the team for not bringing the 20-year-old outfielder to the big leagues.

Twitter has become a place for fans to plead their cases for Trout and vent their frustrations about the Angels. Fans have been hash-tagging "FreeMikeTrout" in hopes that their voices will be heard.

Every Trout hit draws tweets from fans. The Angels stagnant offense has even become a joke to some fans, 

Vernon Wells says #freemiketrout after popping out with RISP.

— Stephen Sexton (@stephendsexton) April 20, 2012

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a catch on a ball hit by Mike Napoli (not pictured) of the Texas Rangers in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2011 in Anaheim, California.
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The Angels are losing, the fans are unhappy and Trout is tearing through the minor leagues.

The time has to be coming for Trout considering he is hitting .419 and two of the three outfielders are hitting under .240.

It appears as though Trout might be the answer for the Angels.


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