TEMPE, Ariz. -- After hearing from so many people that Mike Trout was reminiscent of him, Tim Salmon finally got to look in the mirror on Wednesday. Salmon, the former Angels outfield great in camp for a few days as a guest instructor, had his first bonding session with Trout, the 19-year-old outfielder who is the consensus choice as the No. 1 prospect in baseball. "Everyone says he looks like me, so I wanted to see for myself, after all the hype," Salmon said. "I didn't remember him at all from Spring Training a year ago.
"He's very athletic, obviously. I like him." There is a close-enough physical resemblance: Trout is two inches shorter but 15 pounds heavier than was Salmon (6-3, 200) in his playing days. In time, there may also be an accomplishment resemblance: Salmon (1993) still is the only Rookie of the Year in the Angels' 50-year history. At the conclusion of the day's regular three-hour workout, Salmon took time to oversee a special throwing drill in right-center field of Tempe Diablo Stadium for a very small class -- Trout, and fellow non-roster outfield prospect Travis Witherspoon. Balls were rolled to the edge of the warning track, simulating drives into the gap, and Trout and Witherspoon took turns picking them up and turning to throw to a cutoff man, with Salmon critiquing and adjusting their footwork. The special attention -- whether from instructors or fans -- is just beginning for Trout. While Salmon wondered aloud what will become Trout's popular nickname -- "I'm Fish," Salmon said, invoking his own nickname -- a better question might be what would happen if the Angels teamed him with another outfielder in their system, Justin Bass, and also dealt for the Nationals' Roger "Shark" Bernadina? Then their entire outfield could be called the 'Fish Tank.'