Trout a fan of Derby format, Frazier

Trout a fan of Derby format, Frazier

ANAHEIM -- Add All-Star Game MVP Mike Trout to the long list of fans of the new format of the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders. Back at Angel Stadium on Friday, Trout said one of the strongest images from All-Star week at Great American Ball Park didn't even involve him playing -- it was seeing Todd Frazier win the Derby.

"As a player, to win the MVP was awesome, but watching Frazier win the Home Run Derby in Cincinnati was pretty special for him," Trout said before the Angels opened the second half against the Red Sox. "As a fan of the sport, and just knowing the background of him being from Jersey and being in Cincinnati -- and the new format -- I enjoyed watching it."

The Reds' third baseman won in his home ballpark, beating Prince Fielder in the first round, Josh Donaldson in the second and Joc Pederson in the final of the eight-man bracket. Frazier, like Trout, is a New Jersey native, and he chartered the plane the two of them took home after the Midsummer Classic.

The major change for 2015 was to make the rounds timed -- four minutes long, with 30 seconds of bonus time if a participant hit two homers more than 425 feet.

"I heard a lot of good things from the players, that they liked it," Trout said. "It made it more exciting, I think. Frazier -- or any of the guys that were coming down on 30 seconds -- they were just trying to hit homers quick, as fast as they can, and I thought that was pretty cool."

Cool enough to make him want to participate in the Derby? (Trout declined this year but had said he'd be willing to in the future.)

Trout didn't commit to an answer Friday, but he reiterated his positive review.

"It definitely made it more exciting," he said. "People could say that the old way gives them more time to step out of the box and take a little time, but it was definitely a rush for some of the rounds. I thought that was pretty cool."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia isn't completely sold, though.

"The clock put more rapid-fire swings on board," Scioscia said. "Frazier swung the bat something like 108 times? It was exciting with the clock, but still, for the guys who at least got to the second round, it was a lot. Albert was fatigued, but he looked good in the [All-Star Game] -- he hit a bullet to center field, and I don't think it affected his swing at all.

"There's a break, but taking more than 100 full-gorilla swings, that's a lot."

For now, at least, that's 100 full-gorilla swings Trout hasn't taken.

"I feel great. I'm ready for the second half," Trout said. "I'm fully, 100-percent healthy -- no aches and pain. I'm young -- that's what Albert always tells me, I'm young."

Worth noting

• Closer Huston Street (right groin strain) is still on track to be available Saturday. Before the Angels' game Friday, Street went through his routine exactly as if he were coming into a game, then threw eight warmup pitches and faced two hitters (who just stood in the batter's box) "at game speed."

Street said he is ready to go and it was his choice to push back his return to Saturday, so he could get in one more day of long toss.

• The Angels announced Friday that left-hander Andrew Heaney would start Monday's game and right-hander Matt Shoemaker would start Tuesday, keeping the rotation on track.

• The Angels recalled utility man Grant Green from Triple-A Salt Lake Friday, and reliever Vinnie Pestano was optioned to Triple-A.

David Adler is an associate reporter for Follow him on Twitter @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.