Sleeper Report: Rookies
Mike Trout – OF – Angels
Baseball America’s Minor league Player of the Year in 2011 got the call at the end of the season at the age of 19 to the big leagues and played solid ball. Trout batted just .220 with his 123 at bats, but hit five home runs and stole four bases.
Trout has the ability to be a Johnny Damon or a Jacoby Ellsbury type player in a few years. His plate discipline is perfect for the top of a the Angels batting order and his powerful core and legs will give him good pop and lead to plenty up doubles, triples and probably around 20 home runs a season.
The question for Mike trout is when. The Angels are loaded with veteran outfielders, so it is unlikely he will start from day one. In fact, he will likely start the season in AAA. But he should get the call at some early in the season, especially if one of the veterans goes down to injury. So Trout should be drafted very late (unless news comes out that he is starting) and you may even wait to snag him in free agency later in the season, but either way make sure this future fantasy-stud is on your radar.