Friday, April 29, 2011

RBI (1) In honor of the events across the pond...

I'll have the post today be concerned with baseball's version of royalty today. Who could I possibly mean by that? Ruth? Mantle? Williams? Robinson?

No baseball fans. On the day of the wedding between Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis to the now Princess Catherine we will talk about one of our own royal heirs. This particular prince is heir to the throne of Tim 'King Fish' Salmon, Mr. Mike Trout.

The Angels reeled in another prize through the draft in the 2009 draft with the 25th pick overall selecting Michael N. Trout of New Jersey. After a successful 2010 season in the minors with Cedar Rapids, batting .362 with 6 home runs, 39 rbi, and 45 stolen bases in 82 games, Trout was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game hosted by the Angels in Anaheim. Having been in attendance of the game, I promise you Trout live was almost as exciting as his final line of 2 hits in 4 at-bats with a pair of runs scored. Angels prospect Hank Conger was named game MVP, but Trout was a gem to watch and overshadowed much hyped prospects Mike Moustakas and Desmond Jennings.

Promoted to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes for 50 games Trout batted .306 with 4 home runs, 19 rbi, and 11 steals. For all his efforts Trout was named 2010 J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps/Minor League Player of the Year. Prior to the beginning of the 2011 season Trout was named the #1 prospect in all of baseball by MLB Network's Top 50 Prospects, and ESPN's Keith Law in his top 100 prospect list, and became the crown jewel of the Angel's farm system.

Currently Trout is with the AA Arkansas Travelers with a robust .302 average with 4 home runs and 3 steals after only 17 games.

I pulled this Mike Trout rookie Bowman Platinum Autograph from my very first pack of Bowman Platinum cards. Obviously I saw this as a sign from the Angels (pun intended) that collecting was meant to be. Only time will tell if Trout will become the new 'King Fish' but he looks like he will have a very bright future when he holds court at the Big A. Especially now that he's won the 2012 Rookie of the Year award and came second in the AL MVP voting to Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera.

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