Thursday, May 20, 2010

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Photo by Phil Richmond

Mike Trout
Position: Outfielder, Centerfield
Height: 6'1 - Weight: 220
Bats: Switch - Throws: Right
DOB: 8/07/1991
2009 Stats 
Arizona (Rookie Ball): AVG-OBP-SLG: .360-.418-.506
Cedar Rapids (Low-A): AVG-OBP-SLG: .267-.421-.267

Coming into the season Mike Trout ranked as our #4 prospect for the 2010 season, ranking only behind Trevor Reckling, Hank Conger and Peter Bourjos.  Drafted in the first round (#25 overall), Trout has been taking the Midwest League by storm this season.  Trout presently ranks in the Top-10 for the Midwest League in SB (#1), BA (#2), OB% (#2), OPS (#2), Runs (#2), Triples (#3), and OB% (#10).  He is doing that all while facing competition two to three years older than him.  At age 18, Trout has already become a fixture on our weekly Hot Prospect lists as he continues to develop and refine his game. 

Below is our scouting report for Mike Trout for the 2010 season.

Scouting Report: Mike Trout took the spotlight on draft day in the MLB Network studio and continued to get noticed when playing for the Arizona Angels rookie club after he signed. Trout was leading the league in several offensive categories before getting a late season promotion to Low Class-A ball with the Cedar Rapids club to help them in their quest for a Midwest League championship. Trout got into five games, notching just 15 at bats, but didn't look overmatched despite being the youngest player in the league.

Trout has the tools to be a solid hitter in the big leagues with good plate discipline. His speed and defense rate out higher than what he can do offensively now, but there's time for his bat to catch up with his other above average tools. Trout sets up low and resembles Tim Salmon while at the plate, though without the loft in his swing. Mike produces a level inside-out swing in which he chokes up on the bat to make solid contact. While this approach will not produce power totals now, he has the bat speed to drill the ball into the gaps and eventually over the wall, good for about 15-20 home runs over a full season of at bats.

Trout is an excellent base runner with plus speed, rating just second to Pete Bourjos. He stole 13 bases and was caught just twice. In the outfield Trout can go get them, showing outstanding range and instincts. Trout's arm is solid average, but at times he short-arms his throws into the infield, lacking the extension on his throws. This may push Trout to a corner outfield position down the road, but he has plenty of time to learn from the Angels Minor League coaching staff.

Look for Trout to begin the season in Low-A ball with the Kernels, though there is a chance they may start his first full professional season with the Angels in short season A ball with the Orem Owlz.

AngelsWin.com journalist Cassy Carlson recently spent a few minutes speaking with Mike Trout about a his experiences playing for the Kernels this year, his development as a player, and his life outside of baseball.  The video was recorded by Phil Richmond and presented for your enjoyment here:




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