Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout named top prospect by MLB

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Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout named top prospect by MLB

Major League Baseball has cast its votes. With deliberation, the governing body for the sport has come out to declare the top 50 stars in the teams. With an overall assessment of the talents in the game from every position, a final list was drawn up using the available information on each prospect. The ball clubs in the National League and the American League have locked up prospects in the minor leagues.

As time continues to pass, their services are rendered by the franchises and managers invite them over for spring training. At the moment, the Los Angeles Angels are topping the list with their prospect, Mike Trout. The 19 year old has the speed and the ability to field effectively. Furthermore, he’s an asset with the bat as well. The Angels are closely monitoring him for the season.

Trout is compared to Pete Ross for his attitude he is regarded as the top man in the top 50 prospect list. The player outshines the likes of Jeremy Hellickson, Bryce Harper and Dustin Ackley. The team has only one player the prestigious list while Mark Trumbo sits 10th on first baseman position and 2011 top draft pick, Kaleb Cowart, ranks 9th on third baseman.

Trout was timed by scouts during his high school years. His 6.38 clock time from a 60 yard dash suggests he’s got ample speed to burn. Any time length near 6.5 is considered speedy by many accounts.

"That 6.38 is a scout's timing, we're not electronic," former scouting director Eddie Bane said after the Draft. "But you see few guys get under 6.5. Trout and (Peter) Bourjos would be the fastest guys in our organization - and Bourjos can fly. 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."

Trout started off 2010 with a positive display in the Class A league with Cedar Rapids. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Midwest League and made his mark in the All-Star Futures game, last season. He gave the opposition trouble on his movement between bases on his home field. He moved to the Advanced A club, Rancho Cucamonga after the All Star break period.

There he batted with an average of .306. His slugging percentage for the team was .434. He further made an impression on his peers by slotting 3 home runs in California League playoffs. Manager Mike Scioscia is a big follower of the 19 year old. He expects him to break the circuit and join the likes of Peter Bourjos in the near future.

"Mike Trout has tremendous upside," Scioscia said. "He can really run, and he can do a lot of things on the field, offensively and defensively. Obviously, we're extremely high on him. He's an exciting player with a tremendous attitude. At some point, if you project where Mike's going to be. I'd be surprised if he's not on our depth chart at some time late in the year. I'm not saying he's going to get called up. He's obviously opened up a lot of eyes. When he's ready, he'll get an opportunity."

 The Angels have the assets to dent any team, in terms of experience and exposure. With the influx of talent creeping up in the major leagues, the Angels can put up a big fight in the American League West.


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