That's right -- Trout, the youngest player in the Majors at 20 years, 30 days, already qualifies as at least a semi-regular.
The Angels are 18-4 when Trout starts. Scioscia acknowledged that the New Jersey native has been a factor, and he will be back in the lineup in Wednesday night's series finale against Seattle lefty Charlie Furbush.
"The last 30 at-bats since he came back up [from Double-A Arkansas], his impact has been tangible," Scioscia said. "He's contributing from the offensive side for a young kid."
Trout is hitting .325 with 11 runs scored and eight RBIs in 13 games since returning to the Angels on Aug. 19. He has excelled in all three outfield roles, and his blinding speed on the bases creates the same brand of pressure Peter Bourjos brings on a daily basis.
"We have a deep lineup right now," Scioscia said. "It's helping some guys who have played a lot to get a day off. Peter the other day, Howie today."
Kendrick is hitting .320 with seven homers in his past 19 games. He has scored 20 runs over that span with 14 RBIs.