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Angels top prospect Mike Trout off to great start at Double-A as 19-year-old

Apr 13, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

Mike Trout

Bryce Harper kept Mike Trout from ranking No. 1 on most prospect lists this year, but the 2009 first-round pick is a truly elite prospect and the Angels have pushed him very aggressively by sending him to Double-A as a 19-year-old this season.

It takes a special prospect to even hold his own in the high minors as a teenager, but Trout is beyond a special prospect and so far at least he’s crushing Double-A pitching.

Through six games he’s hitting .318 with three homers, more walks than strikeouts, and a 1.150 OPS. All the small sample size caveats apply, of course, but Trout hit .341 with 56 steals between two levels of Single-A as an 18-year-old last season and if his hot start leads to significant power development his upside may go from MVP-caliber to Hall of Fame-caliber.

  1. dfensfelix - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    The Angels sure have a thing for guys with piscine names: Tim Salmon, Mike Trout, Robert Fish….what’s next, Paul Barracuda? John Grouper? Alejandro Dolphin?

  2. jeffbuth - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Is there a difference between MVP-caliber and Hall of Fame-caliber besides longevity?

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