Mike Trout, the 18-year-old wunderkind who plays center field for the Quakes, made his Epicenter debut on Tuesday.
It was a solid night: he was 1-for-2 with a walk and a successful sacrifice bunt.
The bunt might have been the most impressive.
Manager Keith Johnson said that frequently when speed guys lay down a bunt in a sacrificing situation, they do so trying too much for a hit. Then, it’s not even successful as a sacrifice. But what he liked about Trout was that he got the bunt down first, a solid one between the mound and third base.
That was good, but the impressive part was that the play started out as a relatively routine out at first. Yet Trout didn’t treat it that way, blazing down the line and nearly beating it out.