Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/21/12
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The Los Angeles Angels invested over $300 million in free agents last winter and have a payroll that ranks among the highest in the major leagues this year. Is it possible the most important player on the team is a 20-year-old rookie making minimum wage? The numbers certainly seem to point that way. The Angels were 6-14 through April 27, falling laughably far behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West and struggling to score runs with a lineup that seemed thoroughly dysfunctional starting at the top, where Angels leadoff hitters had combined to bat .195 with a .250 on-base percentage through the first 20 games. Outfielder Mike Trout was promoted from Triple-A Salt Lake following that night's loss and made his season debut April 28 at Cleveland. Since then, the Angels have gone 32-18, the best record in the majors over that time. The offense no longer seems a collection of ill-fitting parts, with Trout second in the American League in batting (.338), third in on-base percentage (....
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