ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout had a predictable routine at Triple-A Salt Lake. He'd play in a game -- and usually do very well in it -- then check on how the Major League team did that night.
And in the 20 games he was down there, the Angels won just six.
"It's crazy," said Trout, who got his highly anticipated callup Friday night, with Bobby Abreu getting released in the process. "It's common for every team to go through slumps. This has to be a learning experience for us, so later in the year, if we go through it again, we have something to look back on."
Trout, who put up a .403/.467/.623 slash line as the Salt Lake Bees' leadoff hitter, says he "learned a lot" from last year, when he batted .220 with five homers in his first 40 Major League games. As MLB.com's No. 3-ranked prospect in baseball, and the recent addition to a team that ranks 24th in the Majors in runs per game (3.45), many are counting on the 20-year-old Trout to be the necessary spark for this struggling offense.
That's the kind of pressure Trout, who still has rookie status, can't put on himself.
"That's the thing -- once you let the pressure get to you, that's when you start trying to do too much," said Trout, who was batting leadoff Monday for the third straight game after going 0-for-7 in his first two. "You just have to go out there and play my game, not try to hit home runs every time or hit a grand slam with no one on. Just get on base and do the little things."