There was a lot of hype when the L.A. Angels called up their top prospect Mike Trout. Trout was only 17 when he was drafted in 2009; he was a first round pick playing High School ball in New Jersey.
He was named the 2nd overall prospect by Baseball America in 2010; Keith Law of ESPN had Trout #1 in his 2011 top 100 prospect list, and the MLB networks Jonathan Mayo had Trout as #1 during its airing of MLB’s Top 50 Prospects. Trout was named 2010 J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps/Minor League Player of the Year. At just 19 years and two months, Trout became the youngest player to win this award. He moved up steadily through the Angels farm system before receiving a taste of big league action in 2011.
His first game this season may have been overshadowed, because ultra hyped prospect Bryce Harper was called up the same weekend. However, after struggling in his first 3 games Trout has out produced Harper across the board. Trout is contributing in all 5 categories, and has 4 multi hit games out of the last 6 he has played. His stat line through 15 games – .316AVG .931OPS 11Runs 5Doubles 3HR 8RBI 3SB is stellar. The only weakness he has shown is a propensity to strikeout which can be easily corrected.
His ability to drive the ball all over the field is impressive. His young legs are showing value on the bases, and in the field. Mike Trout is not just the future of the L.A. Angles, he is the present.
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