Tag:Mike Trout
Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:51 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 11:14 pm

Trout leads MLB.com's prospect list

Mike Trout MLB.com unveiled its Top 50 prospect list in a special on MLB Network with Angels outfielder Mike Trout, pictured, leading the list -- you can see the entire list here , plus video highlights for each player.

It's no surprise Trout led the list and even less of a surprise that the Royals had six prospects in the top 50, more than any other team. Tampa Bay had four, while the Braves, Reds, Rockies, Yankees, Mariners and Blue Jays had three prospects on the lsit.

Four teams -- the Mets, Marlins, Brewers and A's -- weren't represented, while 14 teams had one player on the list.

Jake Odorizzi, the right-hander sent to Kansas City in exchange for Zack Greinke, was No. 37 on the list, while Chris Archer, who was sent from the Cubs to the Rays in the Matt Garza deal, was ranked No. 47. Casey Kelly, one of the prospects sent from the Red Sox to the Padres in the Adrian Gonzalez deal, was ranked No. 22.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 6:06 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 10:26 pm

Angels interested in Royals' Callaspo

With the Cliff Lee blockbuster in the rearview mirror, this trade deadline is looking more and more like a bust. Most of the teams with valuable trade pieces are asking for the moon, meaning we'll get less sexy deals.

Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com has the details on one of those trades in the works -- the Angels' pursuit of the Royals' Alberto Callaspo.

Callaspo, 27, is hitting a respectable .276/.310/.413 with eight homers and 42 RBI in Kansas City and plays second and third base.

The Angels were looking at Adam Dunn, but their farm system is barren. The Royals turned down an offer of pitcher Sean O'Sullivan (covered in Tuesday's fantasy baseball podcast ) and another "fringe prospect" for Callaspo, Saxon writes. To get a player of Dunn's ilk, the Angels would likely have to part with prized outfielder Mike Trout, and they're not going to do that.

Callaspo came through the Angels' system, but was traded to Arizona in 2006 for reliever Jason Bulger. The Royals traded pitcher Billy Buckner to Arizona for Callaspo after the 2007 season.

O'Sullivan was a third-round pick in 2005 and has made 10 starts in the big leagues. He's appeared in four games this season, pitching seven relief innings, and is scheduled to make his first start of the season tonight at Yankee Stadium. He was called up when Scott Kazmir was put on the 15-day disabled list. O'Sullivan is 5-5 with a 4.76 at Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Royals' top third base prospect, Mike Moustakas isn't ready for the majors yet. He just recently was promoted to Triple-A Omaha, where he has just three hits in 20 at-bats in his first five games. Former third baseman of the future Alex Gordon has been moved to the outfield.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 12, 2010 11:35 am
Edited on: July 12, 2010 11:35 pm

Angels promote top prospect Trout

Mike Trout The Angels have promoted Mike Trout to high Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, according to the Orange County Register.  The top prospect will start at the new level after the All-Star Break.

Trout's talents, which are many, were on display Sunday during the Futures Game, where the US beat the World 9-1 with Trout contributing a single and double. Trout was named to the US squad due to hitting .362/.454/.526 in 368 plate appearances, bashing six home runs and swiping 45 stolen bases.

The New Jersey native was picked in the first round of the 2009 draft and has quickly turned heads after being a relatively unknown prospect. Angels manager Mike Scioscia told ESPN that Trout reminds him of Kirby Puckett, a 10-time All-Star for the Minnesota Twins.

"This guy's a strong kid. He runs hard. He runs heavy, and he can fly," Scioscia said. "He drives the ball well to right field. He's got the makeup; he's focused. He's just a player with as much upside as any player that has put on the uniform."

One thing that is helping the center fielder in his development is having a father, Jeff Trout , a diminutive second baseman who never advanced past Double-A. Not only does Jeff's son possess strong physical tools, he also has the right mentality to go work at his craft and not take anything for granted.

"He knows how to work at it, and it's never been a burdensome thing for him," Jeff said. "I remember growing up, he'd always ask me to go hit off the tee or take short-toss, things not everyone his age would want to do. But he enjoyed all that."

Scioscia can tell.

"What he's showing in the early stages in the minor leagues is that he's not just a tool guy; he's a player," the manager notes. "He's advanced. You never know exactly how tools are going to play on the field until guys get into player development. He's played at an extraordinary level. He'll keep being challenged, and hopefully, he'll reach his potential, which is really off the charts."

As for Trout himself, the 18-year-old isn't ready to predict when he will hit the bigs, although that time is nearing.

"I haven't set a personal goal of when to make it to the majors," Trout says. "I just keep thinking about putting up good numbers, playing hard and winning games, and hopefully I'll keep moving up."

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