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Angels outfielder Mike Trout named Baseball America’s minor league player of the year

Sep 7, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

Mike Trout

Mike Trout appears to be in the majors to stay, but today Baseball America named the 20-year-old Angels outfielder their minor league player of the year.

Trout ranked second to Bryce Harper’s on Baseball America‘s preseason prospect ranking and had a spectacular year at Double-A, batting .326 with 11 homers, 42 total extra-base hits, 45 walks, and 33 steals in 91 games despite being a teenager for nearly the entire season. He was the youngest player in the entire Texas League.

Jeremy Hellickson was BA‘s minor league player of the year in 2010 and is now a leading Rookie of the Year candidate for the Rays, throwing 164 innings with a 2.90 ERA that ranks fifth in the AL. Trout figures to exhaust his Rookie of the Year eligibility while playing regularly for the Angels down the stretch, but in terms of long-term upside there are few players in all of baseball who can compete with the 2009 first-round pick.

For a whole lot more on Trout, check out J.J. Cooper’s excellent article.

  1. CJ - Sep 7, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    In unrelated news…Somewhere in Virgina, Bryce Harper is throwing a tantrum.

  2. brewcrewchamps - Sep 7, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Yet he gets batted eighth and ninth as Abreu bats second and third…..

  3. mrfloydpink - Sep 7, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Awesome. He found time to be minor league player of the year, and yet to still have a higher WAR in the majors than Derek Jeter.

  4. cosanostra71 - Sep 7, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    love watching Trout play. Kid’s gonna be a star.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 7, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      I still prefer Carp.

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