Friday, July 8, 2011

MLB Player to Watch: Mike Trout

You can go ahead and put that jersey on now, Mike.

In a move that came way earlier than most expected, the Angels that play in Anaheim have called up top prospect Mike Trout.

He's not their top prospect, but arguably the top prospect in all of Major League Baseball, and tonight, at the age of 19, he will make his debut as the starting centerfielder against the Mariners.  Among prospect "experts," Trout is unanimously in the top two in the game, either ahead of or right behind Bryce Harper.  The two are different types of players -- Harper has prodigious power, Trout is a well-rounded hitter that should steal a ton of bases and play an excellent defensive centerfield -- but few can strongly favor either in the debate of the game's best.



For a guy who was planning on playing in the Futures Game next week in Arizona, the promotion that is a result of a hamstring injury to Peter Bourjos has to come as a surprise.  Not because he isn't ready, because by all accounts he is -- he was hitting .324/.415/.534 as a 19-year old in Double-A.  It's just that the Angels have two very well-paid outfielders in Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells and Trout is so young with only a few months above A-ball.  Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus and ESPN:
Angels fans want him up now, but it's easy to forget that one of the best prospects in baseball (if not the best) doesn't turn 20 until August. Still, even as a teenager, the upper levels of the minors have failed to slow him down, as he's hitting .323/.427/.547 in his first 55 games for Double-A Arkansas with seven home runs and 21 stolen bases while playing a top-notch center field. He could arguably provide the Angels a boost this year, but 2012 is a far more realistic expectation.

For many, a September call-up seemed the likeliest debut, but Bourjos' injury and the Angels' 2nd place status in the AL West created a perfect storm.  So go pick him up in your fantasy league.  Oh wait a second, someone already owns him.  In this case, just make sure to watch him, because he might be special and if he's not, that probably just means he's going back to the minors when Bourjos comes back.  Bummer for those of us hoping to see him dominate another Futures Game...







4 comments:

oakleyses said...

chanel handbags, christian louboutin, sac longchamp pas cher, ugg boots, replica watches, tory burch outlet, tiffany jewelry, longchamp outlet, air max, nike free, christian louboutin outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet online, nike air max, cheap oakley sunglasses, ugg boots, longchamp outlet, ray ban sunglasses, nike outlet, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors pas cher, nike roshe, oakley sunglasses wholesale, uggs on sale, jordan pas cher, christian louboutin shoes, jordan shoes, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, christian louboutin uk, kate spade outlet, prada outlet, longchamp outlet, gucci handbags, louboutin pas cher, polo outlet, polo ralph lauren, burberry pas cher, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton, tiffany and co, oakley sunglasses, longchamp pas cher, louis vuitton, replica watches, oakley sunglasses, nike air max, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, prada handbags

oakleyses said...

coach outlet store online, burberry outlet, kate spade, michael kors outlet, michael kors, nike air max uk, coach purses, north face, hollister pas cher, michael kors outlet, guess pas cher, true religion outlet, sac hermes, michael kors outlet online, ralph lauren uk, nike air max uk, michael kors outlet online, polo lacoste, sac vanessa bruno, nike air max, coach outlet, nike roshe run uk, michael kors outlet, true religion jeans, abercrombie and fitch uk, new balance, nike free uk, michael kors outlet online, uggs outlet, nike blazer pas cher, michael kors, burberry handbags, mulberry uk, timberland pas cher, uggs outlet, nike air force, ray ban pas cher, hollister uk, lululemon canada, true religion outlet, oakley pas cher, nike tn, true religion outlet, north face uk, converse pas cher, ray ban uk, michael kors outlet online, replica handbags, vans pas cher

oakleyses said...

louboutin, nfl jerseys, insanity workout, nike trainers uk, north face outlet, celine handbags, iphone cases, reebok outlet, hollister clothing, converse outlet, instyler, north face outlet, wedding dresses, new balance shoes, valentino shoes, longchamp uk, mont blanc pens, herve leger, jimmy choo outlet, nike air max, ray ban, bottega veneta, beats by dre, nike huaraches, hollister, ralph lauren, gucci, ferragamo shoes, soccer jerseys, babyliss, vans, converse, baseball bats, p90x workout, vans outlet, mcm handbags, soccer shoes, hermes belt, nike roshe run, hollister, asics running shoes, abercrombie and fitch, mac cosmetics, lululemon, nike air max, oakley, ghd hair, giuseppe zanotti outlet, timberland boots, chi flat iron

oakleyses said...

moncler, moncler outlet, montre pas cher, canada goose, pandora uk, coach outlet, thomas sabo, louis vuitton, ugg pas cher, lancel, juicy couture outlet, canada goose uk, louis vuitton, moncler, moncler outlet, toms shoes, canada goose outlet, juicy couture outlet, moncler, louis vuitton, barbour uk, swarovski crystal, supra shoes, moncler, ugg, pandora jewelry, karen millen uk, doudoune moncler, canada goose, canada goose jackets, wedding dresses, moncler uk, louis vuitton, links of london, hollister, canada goose outlet, louis vuitton, swarovski, pandora jewelry, marc jacobs, replica watches, canada goose outlet, ugg uk, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, barbour, canada goose, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, pandora charms