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At age 20 Mike Trout is the biggest prospect in baseball
When the Angels play Mike Trout, they win more often than not by a noticeable margin. His speed is second only in untested theory to the sophomore Peter Bourjos.
In just two months in the majors, Trout has put his potential on display with home run power and extra base agility. Trout allows Torii Hunter to focus on his swing as the designated hitter and reduce outfield gaps for opposing teams.
Peter Bourjos displaced two Gold Glove-winning outfielders in Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells. He will not be sliding over any time soon. Peter Bourjos has tracked down balls that most outfielders would have no business trying to stay in front of, ranging from left to right. Angels fans have something exciting to watch when fly balls head for the fence this season because of his plus speed in center field.
Offensively, Bourjos has improved greatly, having seen many pitchers the second time around. His discipline has gradually built his consistency into a reliable hitter. Coming into September 10th Bourjos has nine triples and is hitting .276.
Mark Trumbo is a powerhouse surprise to everyone (except Angels scouting directors) who has repeatedly given respite to the Kendrys Morales catastrophe. With 26 home runs and 80 RBI, Mark Trumbo leads all rookies and has secured his first base position with the Angels for years to come.
The Texas Rangers have plenty of power but lack unique role players that prevent errors and extend at bats. Players like Ian Kinsler and Mike Napoli deliver hits but also are costly defenders which will be exploited down the stretch run of September.