1. Mike Trout, Angels

2. Jeremy Hellickson, Rays

3. Bryce Harper, Nationals

4. Domonic Brown, Phillies

5. Dustin Ackley, Mariners

1.Mike Trout is MLB’s number one overall prospect, and there isn’t much debate about it. Why? Well how’s this, in 131single A games, Trout hit 10 long balls, drove in 58, and stole 56. If that isn’t enough, as a 19 year old, he struck out just slightly more than he walked (85 so, and 73 BB) Hit .341, and got on base at a .428 clip. If you’re worried about the power numbers, don’t be. The Angels’ scouts project the power to come soon, and they believe by his prime he should hit for average power, and around 20 homeruns. Almost just as important as his offensive stats, Trout’s defense in the outfield is equally phenomenal. He has a very good and accurate arm and covers a ton of ground in the outfield. Trout should start the year in AA, and if he progresses the way he should and could, it’s possible that he could get a September call up this season. Come 2012 he will almost definitely be ready to become the Angles starting Centerfielder.




  1. 2.The second pick is debatable, does Hellickson have more upside then Harper? What do you consider a prospect? Either way here are the scouting reports for both. With the trade of Garza to the cubs, Hellickson is without a doubt the closest prospect to the majors, and he will start the season with the big league club. Jeremy Hellickson projects to be a #2 starter in the big leagues. He pitched 10 games in the big leagues last season, but only had four starts. He held his own throughout. He had a 3.47 ERA, gave up less then a hit per inning, showed he can throw a ton of strikes (only 8 walks) and had 33 K’s. He has multiple pitches, a four-seam fastball in the low 90s, a cutter and a two-seam fastball. He has two off speed pitches, a low 80s changeup witch is his best pitch, and a solid curveball with tight break. Tampa’s future 1,2, will be a force in the AL East, with the combination of Price, and Hellickson.



  1. 3.Bryce Harper is the #3 prospect, and with good reason. Harper decided to go to junior college in his junior year of high school because he wasn’t getting pitched to. Now he’s getting his first year in pro baseball when he should be a senior in high school. Besides hitting 500 foot homeruns in junior college, and mashing everything he saw in his time with the USA team, Bryce hasn’t had much experience in his professional career. But the tools are there, and his numbers in the Arizona Fall League were very solid. He hit .343/.410/.629 with one homer in 35 at-bats. Harper projects to be ready for major league action right around 2013, and at that time he will be just 20. Not only that, but Strasburg should be back to being 100% healthy by then. Harper’s power is legendary, not only that but he’s been known to throw in the mid 90s off the mound. The debate has always been where he will be playing in the field, he wasn’t bad behind the plate at all, but he could take the fast track to the bigs playing in right field. Not only that, but without the wear and tear on his knees from catching daily, he would probably prolong his career from the outfield. With that in mind, the Nationals figured they were better off with Harper in the outfield.




  1. 4.On July 28, a young Domonic Brown came to bat at Citizens Bank Park for the first time, stood in the box, and had to wait for the standing ovation to stop, all this because the future for Brown is golden. In his 93 games in the minors this past season, Brown hit .327, his OBP was .391, stole 17, drove in 68 and hit 20 homeruns. Brown has no major problems in the future, but for 2011, he has to find a way to produce the way Jayson Werth has. In the future, Brown projects to be above average defensively if he works on his route-running and with a strong arm he can be one of the better right fielders in baseball. At the plate, he’ll hit .300 or so and get his OBP will be between .380 and .400. At his peak he’ll hit 20 to 25 homeruns with 25 to 30 stolen bases.


  1. 5.Dustin Ackley was the consensus number two pick in the 2009 draft behind of course Strasburg. Ackley’s transition to second base has not been easy. He’s been working very hard, reading hops from groundballs at second, experimenting with different arm angles, and trying to get balls up the middle to his right. While he’s never going to be the best defensive second baseman, his offensive value is dominant for second basemen. He has had a very good idea of the strike zone at each level from college to AAA. Because of this his OBP will always be very high, somewhere between .380 and .400 when he reaches his peek. He has the ability to hit for a high average as well, likely above .300. His speed is very good, and will steal 20 to 30SB per season. Ackley’s weakness is his power. At the most, he’s going to hit 15 homeruns. Ackley projects to be an all star second baseman, who plays the game smart, and the right way.





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