Guerrero, the second batter of the afternoon, launched a high fly ball off Angels starter Matt Shoemaker to straightaway center. Trout -- who also caught the game's first out -- tracked back to the wall and made a leaping grab in front of the 420-foot sign to rob Guerrero of at least extra bases.
It's not often that you see major trades made in the week before Opening Day, which is a shame, because this should be a time when teams should be trying to fill holes that have appeared during Spring Training.
In hopes of spurring some action, here are five trades I'd love to see happen before Opening Day. These are not trades I expect to happen, mind you, but deals that I think make sense for the parties involved.
Jim Duquette is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson went deep again on Saturday. This time he wasn't throwing a bomb to Doug Baldwin, but taking Rangers third-base coach Tony Beasley over the left-field fence in batting practice.
"I lasered one out in left-center field," Wilson said during what has become an annual visit to Rangers camp in Spring Training. "That was good. I stayed back and was able to drive it to left-center. It feels good hitting a home run. There's something special about throwing a touchdown, because it's so hard to get touchdowns, but getting a home run is a good feeling too."
Presumably you already have his rookie card, and the numbers say you probably also own his jersey, so get excited because it's finally time to see your favorite Rangers prospect in Spring Training action. Yes, on Saturday, former NC State second baseman Russell Wilson reported to Surprise, Ariz.
Oh, he plays some other sport too … what was it again? Anyway, here he is, working out at second.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets and Lucas Duda are discussing a long-term contract extension, according to two sources familiar with the negotiations, which would keep the first baseman in Flushing well into his 30s. The Mets have not publicly acknowledged the negotiations, and general manager Sandy Alderson declined comment on Saturday afternoon.
Duda, 29, is set to make $4.2 million this season as an arbitration-eligible player, more than twice what he earned a year ago. He is under team control through the 2017 season, meaning any extension would be at least four years long -- covering his final three years of team control plus his first year of free agency. Such a deal would take Duda at least through his age-32 season, guaranteeing him a measure of security while giving the Mets a proven cleanup hitter for the foreseeable future.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said the left knee soreness that forced him from Friday night's game was from fatigue. He doesn't anticipate any lasting issues.
Gonzalez underwent surgery last August to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee. Gonzalez was ready for Spring Training games sooner than expected, and has performed well (.333, three doubles in 27 at-bats entering play Saturday). He felt the soreness after chasing down a third-inning fly ball and making a throw during Friday night's 7-5 loss to the Padres, and left the game after his following at-bat.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has demonstrated effective pitching throughout the spring, but Saturday's outing was about as smooth as it could have been.
Against a Cubs split-squad, Chapman -- serving as the Reds' starting pitcher -- faced three batters and struck out the side in his only inning of work. Leadoff batter Dexter Fowler was called out on a 3-2 pitch. Arismendy Alcantara swung and missed on a fastball following a changeup for strike three. Jorge Soler ended the inning on a called third strike.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- This is a story about Frank Viola. No, not the Frank Viola who currently serves as the Las Vegas 51s pitching coach, who won the 1988 American League Cy Young Award and who pitched in the World Series run for the '87 Twins.
We are talking about Frank Viola III, the 29th-round selection of the White Sox in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, who looked as if he had left baseball behind following the '10 season spent with the Independent League St. Paul team. But the 30-year-old is back in Chicago's camp, albeit on the Minor League side, relying on a new friend known as the knuckleball to get him to the Majors in the second go-around.
With Opening Day just around the corner, you're hearing a lot of people talking about "breakout players." In that spirit, here are 10 players I expect to make a leap toward stardom in 2015.
Kevin Gausman, RHP, Orioles
Gausman was dominant down the stretch last year, posting a 2.87 ERA with a strikeout per inning in his final five starts. He already has mid-90s heat and is just a click away from commanding a wicked slider that will make him a true No. 1 starter.
Dan O'Dowd is an MLB Network analyst and MLB.com columnist who served as general manager of the Rockies for 15 years, building a National League pennant winner in 2007. Prior to his time with Colorado, he worked in the front offices of the Orioles and Indians. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
It's not strange to feel a strong pull toward Mike Trout. To want to hug him. To squeeze him. To pucker up your lips and kiss him. I mean, when he does things like this:
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Just as the Cardinals began to allow themselves to get excited about what a healthy Jaime Garcia could add to their rotation, the lefty suffered another medical setback that will almost certainly preclude him from making the Opening Day roster.
Manager Mike Matheny announced after the club's 4-3 loss to the Tigers that Garcia was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday after he alerted the team's medical staff on Saturday afternoon that "he's feeling something that isn't right."
With fantasy-baseball-draft season in full swing, MLB.com put together a cheat sheet for fans in need of expert advice. Make sure to have the one-stop information shop on hand during your auctions or snake drafts.
Zachary Finkelstein is a fantasy editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- In the company of one of the liveliest bands of players in baseball, Alex Rios is reinvigorated. The American League champion Royals are taking the graceful, athletic right fielder back to his youth following a dark, injury-derailed season in Texas.
"I'm 34 years old," Rios said, "and I feel like a 20-year-old kid."
Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Jacob deGrom kept thriving, David Wright and Curtis Granderson kept mashing and everything continued going swimmingly for the Mets on Saturday in a 10-2 win over the Nationals.
Granderson and Wright hit back-to-back home runs off Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg in the third, giving deGrom all the cushion he would need. In his penultimate spring start, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year fired seven innings of one-run ball, the only damage coming on a leadoff homer by Bryce Harper in the sixth. That lowered his Grapefruit League ERA to 2.45, tops amongst all pitchers with more than 20 innings.
PHOENIX -- The 2014 Brewers led the Major Leagues in conflicting outcomes. So the 2015 version does not lend itself to one-step analysis.
The '14 Brewers were in first place in the National League Central for 150 days, but they finished the season losing 22 of their last 31 games, including one stretch in which they dropped 13 of 14. The root cause of the late-season demise was a hitting slump that included almost the entire lineup.
Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
MESA, Ariz. -- Manager Joe Maddon may be closer to finding the "mystery man" to fill the No. 2 spot in the Cubs lineup, and it might not be who you'd imagine.
While Chris Coghlan is a strong candidate for the spot, Maddon has other ideas.
Angels team photographer Matt Brown had a new intern on Thursday.
His name was Chris -- "Chris Wilson" -- and he brought his own gear.
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees are hopeful that rest will help Didi Gregorius' sprained left wrist after the shortstop was injured diving for a second-inning ground ball Saturday against the Orioles.
Precautionary X-rays were negative, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said his plan is to give Gregorius three days off, aiming to get him back into action Wednesday.
Santana, making his fourth Grapefruit League start, gave up just one run on five hits while striking out two. The lone run he allowed came in the third inning on an RBI single from Odubel Herrera to score Cesar Hernandez, who led off the inning with a double.
The 2015 season is going to a whole different kind of new for Shelby Miller.
The right-hander is beginning his first season with a team other than the Cardinals, who traded him to the Braves this offseason.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera hit his second home run in as many games before Alex Avila's game-tying solo homer and Jordan Lennerton's go-ahead double led the Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Cardinals Saturday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Cabrera continues to swing with little if any rust from an offseason of rehab from foot surgery. After hitting a line-drive home run two days earlier and taking Friday off, Cabrera came back Saturday and lofted an opposite-field shot that the wind carried to the batting cage building beyond right field.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Justin Verlander said Saturday morning he feels similar tightness in his right triceps to what forced him out of his Grapefruit League start Friday, though he said his level of concern remains low.
"Pretty low," Verlander said, "especially with the time we have [before next start], extra day and can even manipulate things forward if need be."
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Indians veteran Nick Swisher took another step forward in his comeback from double-knee surgery, increasing the intensity of his running in a Minor League game on Friday.
After resting on Thursday due to what Indians manager Terry Francona described as general leg fatigue, Swisher got a hit and pushed himself on the bases in Friday's game action. Swisher was scheduled to go through a workout with the Tribe on Sunday.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Red Sox found "something" in the MRI they conducted on Christian Vazquez's right elbow.
That something -- whatever it winds up being -- is all but certain to knock the catcher out of Boston's lineup on Opening Day, and the early part of the season.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Top pitching prospect Lewis Thorpe was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday.
Thorpe, ranked as the club's No. 10 overall prospect by MLB.com, felt pain in his elbow after throwing a pitch in a Minor League game last week. He was originally shut down while pitching for Class A Cedar Rapids last September with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, but rehabbed it this offseason to make his return this spring. It didn't work out, however, as the 19-year-old Australia native will need to have the surgery. Ryan didn't know the date or who will perform the operation just yet.
CARY, N.C. -- Before the 2015 USA Baseball National High School Invitational began, San Clemente (Calif.) High School was dealt a blow, as ace left-hander Kolby Allard was sidelined by a stress reaction in his back.
Not having Allard, ranked No. 17 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 50 Draft prospects list, proved to be no problem for the Tritons. After winning its first three games of the tournament, San Clemente defeated College Park High School (Pleasant Hill, Calif.), 8-3, in Saturday's championship game.
Fantasy411 Editor's note: MLB.com's VP of stats Cory Schwartz is widely regarded as one of the premier fantasy baseball players in the world. He has the hardware to prove it, having won multiple expert leagues -- including the prestigious Tout Wars league -- across the years.
With roughly one week to go before the first pitch of the 2015 Major League Baseball season, Schwartz took a look through the history of fantasy play and opined on the state of the game today.
Cory Schwartz is the VP of Stats for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @schwartzstops. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
De Aza's second homer of the spring highlighted a five-run frame as Baltimore jumped on right-hander Scott Baker. Ryan Flaherty had a sacrifice fly and Jonathan Schoop slapped a run-scoring single in the frame off Baker, who is trying to win a spot on the Yanks' pitching staff as a non-roster invitee.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Spring Training isn't only about making the 25-man roster that breaks camp for Opening Day. There are countless prospects who, either because they are on the 40-man roster or are there on a non-roster invitation, get the chance to simply show what they can do against a higher level of competition, perhaps making a strong impression with the powers that be.
As the calendar forges toward the start of the regular season, spring rosters are slowly being pared down as clubs begin to figure out who will "head north" to start the year. Many of the game's top prospects have made their presences felt and been optioned or reassigned to Minor League camp. Where will they start the year and, more important, when can we expect to see them in the big leagues on a permanent basis? Here's a look at those in the top half of our Top 100 prospects whose time in big league camp has come and gone.
JUPITER, Fla. -- Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes had his right hand and wrist wrapped after being struck by pitch thrown by Marlins reliever Aaron Crow in the eighth inning of Saturday's 1-1 tie at Roger Dean Stadium. The extent of the injury won't be known until Hoes undergoes X-rays.
"It hurts pretty bad," Hoes said. "It was a little two-seamer that ran up in there. I was in swing mode, trying to get a good pitch to hit and got a little overaggressive. It ran up on me and I didn't get out of the way."