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Angels’ Trout Tops MLB Prospect List – SportsUntapped.com
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Added January 26th, 2011 by Chalk

Angels’ Trout Tops MLB Prospect List
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Mike Trout, an outfielder in the Los Angeles Angels organization who was drafted No. 25 overall in 2009, has been named Major League Baseball’s top prospect by a mlb.com poll of over 20 scouts and other industry sources. Trout, who was in A-ball, finished ahead of No. 2 Jeremy Hellickson, who was actually dominate in the big leagues during a short stint last season with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

At No. 3 in the poll was catcher Bryce Harper, who was selected No. 1 overall in the 2010 Draft by the Washington Nationals. The Kansas City Royals had the most prospects in the Top 50 with six, followed by the Devil Rays at four.  The Yankees were one of six teams with three prospects in the Top 50.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia had plenty of nice things to say about Trout:

Mike Trout has tremendous upside. 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.

Last year’s No. 1 prospect was Jason Hayward of the Atlanta Braves, who finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. The NL Rookie of the Year, Buster Posey of the Giants, was No. 4 in last year’s list; while the AL Rookie of the Year, Neftali Feliz of the Rangers, was No. 7.

Here’s the complete list of the Top 50 MLB Prospects for 2011:

1. Mike Trout, Angels
2. Jeremy Hellickson, Devil Rays
3. Bryce Harper, Nationals
4. Domonic Brown, Phillies
5. Dustin Ackley, Mariners
6. Aroldis Chapman, Reds
7. Mike Moustakas, Royals
8. Eric Hosmer, Royals
9. Jesus Montero, Yankees
10. Julio Teheran, Braves
11. Desmond Jennings, Devil Rays
12. Kyle Drabek, Blue Jays
13. Michael Pineda, Mariners
14. Mike Montgomery, Royals
15. Jacob Turner, Tigers
16. Wil Myers, Royals
17. Freddie Freeman, Braves
18. Jameson Taillon, Pirates
19. Zach Britton, Orioles
20. Shelby Miller, Cardinals
21. Mike Minor, Braves
22. Casey Kelly, Padres
23. Martin Perez, Rangers
24. Manny Machado, Orioles
25. Chris Sale, White Sox
26. Brandon Belt, Giants
27. Matt Moore, Devil Rays
28. Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays
29. Jarrod Parker, D-backs
30. Jonathan Singleton, Phillies
31. Jordan Lyles, Astros
32. Gary Sanchez, Yankees
33. Tyler Matzek, Rockies
34. John Lamb, Royals
35. Manny Banuelos, Yankees
36. Lonnie Chisenhall, Indians
37. Jake Odorizzi, Royals
38. Nick Franklin, Mariners
39. Aaron Hicks, Twins
40. Kyle Gibson, Twins
41. Wilin Rosario, Rockies
42. Jose Iglesias, Red Sox
43. Tanner Scheppers, Rangers
44. Dee Gordon, Dodgers
45. Devin Mesoraco, Reds
46. Brett Jackson, Cubs
47. Chris Archer, Devil Rays
48. J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays
49. Yonder Alonso, Reds
50. Christian Friedrich, Rockies

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