Centerfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim blows a bubble while stretcing after being promoted and messing up the Futures Game roster. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Replacing Mike Trout in the Futures Game
Angels prospect Mike Trout won't appear in the 2011 MLB All-Star Futures Game as long as he's on the major league roster. Assuming that Trout doesn't head back to the minors before the showcase, this opens up a spot on the roster. Let's see if we can fill it.
There is a complicating factor here: Trout was the only Angels representative on either the US or World Squads. The two most logical people to replace him from the Angels system on a talent basis are infielder Jean Segura and pitcher Garrett Richards, but Segura is from the Dominican Republic, so he doesn't fit on the US squad. The team already has 10 pitchers, so adding Richards makes things unbalanced with the World Roster.
In the discussion thread, a reader recommended outfielders Jeremy Moore and Kole Calhoun. Neither of them are hot prospects, but if you want to stick with the Angels having a representative, they look like the main bets.
Who, in your opinion, should replace Trout if he remains in the majors and ineligible? To narrow this down somewhat, let's say that it needs to be an outfielder, but it doesn't have to be an Angel.
So, adding the two Angels guys with other names we came up with, which of these guys would you like to see on the team if the decision was totally up to you and an Angel wasn't mandatory?
Kole Calhoun, Angels
Anthony Gose, Blue Jays
Aaron Hicks, Twins
Brett Jackson, Cubs
Desmond Jennings, Rays
Jake Marisnek, Blue Jays
Jeremy Moore, Angels
Trayvon Robinson, Dodgers
Tim Wheeler, Rockies
OTHER (Explain in comments)
Which of these candidate outfielders should replace Mike Trout in the Futures Game?
Kole Calhoun, Angels (16 votes)
Anthony Gose, Blue Jays (170 votes)
Aaron Hicks, Twins (88 votes)
Brett Jackson, Cubs (124 votes)
Desmond Jennings, Rays (222 votes)
Jake Marisnek, Blue Jays (58 votes)
Jeremy Moore, Angels (9 votes)
Trayvon Robinson, Dodgers (138 votes)
Tim Wheeler, Rockies (117 votes)
OTHER (explain in comments) (8 votes)
950 total votes