A tough decision was looming upon the return of Mike Trout. Do you go with the well-traveled journeyman who showed an early spark, but has since slowed down? Or do you stick with the extra outfielder with a much more consistent track record over the course of their career, and has been swinging a hotter bat lately after a slow start? The Angels went with the latter in choosing to outright Eric Young, Jr.
The son of former second baseman Eric Young blasted his way out of the gates by hitting .381 in his first six games, but has only been good for a .227 average since then. Balancing things out, Young has settled on a .260/.336/.396 slash line, with 8 stolen bases in 110 plate appearances, and 0.7 WAR in just 32 games.
Meanwhile, Ben Revere has made things more interesting by batting .308 in his last 15 games. 5 of his 9 stolen bases have come in that span as well.
So for now, the decision was not without extensive evaluation. The Halos were simply going with the hot hand. Of course, Revere is back to his fourth outfielder role as the club at full strength in that area. Chances are Young will be back. He’s got just enough weapons to be a valuable bench piece. For now, he’ll just have to wait it out.
Regardless of the performances of Young and Revere, the Angels upgraded just the same as making a big trade. Because Trout is back in centerfield.