Mike Trout makes great one-handed catch — on deck while holding bat

David Brown
Big League Stew

Mike Trout kind of showed up a teammate Sunday afternoon. Not on purpose, but Trout nearly upstaged outfielder Kole Calhoun — who made a ridiculous catch in shallow right — by snaring a foul ball hit on one hop by Erick Aybar while standing on deck in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Any player waiting on deck assumes a certain extra danger from foul balls. Note that Trout wasn't anywhere near the actual on-deck circle; players take note of where fouls tend to go and they stand accordingly. Trout figured that Aybar — batting right-handed against a left-handed pitcher — probably wouldn't hit the ball the way he did. Whoops! Thankfully, Trout's reflexes are superior to the average player. Teammates in the dugout appeared to give Trout a hand for his play, and he acknowledged them with a smile and a wave. A true showman.

My only criticism of Trout would be him handing the ball to someone sitting in the most expensive seats at Angel Stadium. That's the same section where Scott Boras is known to sit. Couldn't Trout find a ragamuffin in the 10th row or something?

Despite these great defensive plays (even if one of them came while at bat), the Angels fell 4-3 to the Texas Rangers.

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