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Bryce Harper and Mike Trout will be on the same Arizona Fall League team

Aug 30, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper made his unofficial pro debut in the Arizona Fall League last year and the former No. 1 overall pick will be back in the AFL again this year.

Better yet he’ll be on the same Scottsdale team as Angels stud prospect Mike Trout, meaning the top two prospects in baseball will be patrolling the same outfield.

Because of his age and inexperience Harper was limited to being on the “tax squad” last time, which meant he could only play twice per week. He’ll have no restrictions this AFL season, although at age 19 he may still be the youngest player in Arizona. Trout is 20.

Harper has been sidelined recently at Double-A with a hamstring injury and struggled before being shut down, hitting .256 with three homers and a .724 OPS in 37 games after destroying Single-A to earn a midseason promotion. Trout hit .326 with a .958 OPS in 91 games at Double-A and is now with the Angels.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 30, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Really? I bet that they do not have HOF type careers despite the hype.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 30, 2011 at 5:33 PM

      Heaven forbid we should actually give them a chance to show whether they’re as advertised.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 30, 2011 at 6:21 PM

        The hype is overblown. Far too many top draft picks and highly rated prospects flounder in the majors. There are other prospects out there who will probably outshine them once their skils and body’s mature. Furthermore, neither of these 19 and 20 year old guys is likely to have as good a career as a 21 year old third baseman from Langly BC who is currently in the majors.

      • brianc6234 - Aug 31, 2011 at 5:51 AM

        “Furthermore, neither of these 19 and 20 year old guys is likely to have as good a career as a 21 year old third baseman from Langly BC who is currently in the majors”

        Who cares about Canada. This is baseball we’re talking about. Cananda isnt baseball. Have fun watching hockey.

    • brianc6234 - Aug 31, 2011 at 5:46 AM

      I don’t know about Harper but Trout will have a great career. You can bet on that one. He’s already doing great in the majors.

  2. natstowngreg - Aug 30, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Well, it will make it easier for the prospect hounds who will descend on the AFL — having prospects #1 and #1a on the same team.

  3. szapata03 - Aug 30, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    It doesn’t take a genius to know that hype, which derives from “hyperbole,” is ALWAYS overblown–that’s the definition. Anyways, saying that other prospects are going to surpass these two is taking the safe bet–like picking the field against Phil Mickelson in a golf tournament. Oh, and the sample size from your boy in Langly is 81 ABs in the Bigs.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:11 PM

      he hit a 3 run home run in his first at bat tonight.

      • szapata03 - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:05 PM

        I once lasted in bed for 3 hours–but, that doesn’t mean my whole “career” has been stellar. All I’m saying is that these guys are prospects and it’s all a gamble. There is no telling what will become of Harper or Trout for sure, so all you can do is base your picks on the skill set you see currently and the near future.

      • brianc6234 - Aug 31, 2011 at 5:53 AM

        Mike Trout hit a solo homer, a three run homer and walked with the bases loaded tonight. That trumps whoever the hell you’re talking about.

  4. mordecofe - Aug 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    if you look up “proudlycanadian” in the dictionary, you’ll find “homer.”

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