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MLB.com names Mike Trout baseball’s number one prospect

Jan 26, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

There are a lot of competing prospect rankings out there — I’m personally partial to Keith Law’s, which will come out today, I gather — but MLB.com puts a good one out every year too.  They did yesterday, and they rank the Angels’ 19-year-old outfield prospect Mike Trout as the toppermost of the poppermost:

Trout, one of two Angels first-round choices in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, turned 19 on Aug. 7 in the midst of an eye-popping 2010 season. After hitting .362 with 45 steals and a .526 slugging mark at Class A Cedar Rapids, where he would be named the Midwest League MVP, he appeared in the All-Star Futures Game preceding the MLB All-Star Game at Angel Stadium …

… Moving up to advanced A Rancho Cucamonga after the break, he batted .306 and slugged .434, hitting .367 with three homers in the California League playoffs. Trout will experience big league camp for the first time in Arizona this spring. He was an instant hit last spring in Cactus League play, slashing a double and triple to each gap in his first three at-bats, showcasing his blazing speed.

Of course, since he’s an Angels property, I presume that he’ll soon be traded to the Indians along with Kendry Morales for Lance Travis Hafner.*

*Sorry! Had old school sim-baseball on the brain!

  1. BC - Jan 26, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Is this Steve Trout’s kid?

    • larryhockett - Jan 26, 2011 at 11:21 AM

      No. From the MLB.com article:

      “Trout is faster than most everybody else in the Draft — and he’s put together. He’s the first guy from that area ever to go in the first round, so they’re really excited back in Jersey. His dad, Jeff, played in the Minor Leagues when I was playing. He comes from a real baseball family and environment.”

    • Panda Claus - Jan 26, 2011 at 11:27 AM

      Something sounds fishy here.

      • losburrosinblue - Jan 26, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        20 years after a Salmon, they’ve got a Trout…

      • jh0088 - Jan 26, 2011 at 2:22 PM

        oh my god, someone made a Tim Salmon reference. And an appropriate one at that.

  2. spudchukar - Jan 26, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Kilgore’s.

  3. trevorb06 - Jan 26, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Don’t you mean Travis Hafner?

  4. woodenulykteneau - Jan 26, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    The best prospect lists are done by John Sickels, who, unlike the cheerleaders at Baseball America, has a funny habit of reevaluating his lists afterwards and admitting mistakes versus complaining that a prospect didn’t live up to his billing.

  5. cintiphil - Jan 26, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    So far, the guy sounds like a winner. Remember, A ball is a lot closer Legion Ball than to the bigs. Note that when he jumped up to AA, his numbers jumped down. He may be a great prospect, but lets not put him in the Albert class just yet. When he performs in AAA like he did in A ball, then lets get him ready for MLB. A jump to the big leagues now is a mistake in my opinion.

  6. xpensivewinos - Jan 26, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Craig –

    Nice Beatles reference!

  7. Chris K - Jan 26, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Tim Salmon, Mike Trout? What’s next for the Angels, Randy Bass?

    • Charles Gates - Jan 26, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      Vernon Crappie.

  8. jfk69 - Jan 26, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    This sounds like a fish story to me.

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