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Michael Trout


Biographical Data
Player Name:Michael Trout
Position:Outfielder
School:Millville (N.J.)
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Birthdate:8/7/91
Height:6'1"
Weight:190 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):4/24/09
Game(s):Ocean City HS


Focus Area
Comments
Hitting ability:Trout is a good looking offensive player who just started switch-hitting, but not in games. He is doing it with wood in BP for scouts. He does need some work with his overall approach.
Power:He should have future average power and has shown some more pop this season.
Running speed:Has plus speed and glides on the bases once he gets going, though he's also got first-step explosion.
Base running:Runs well and should steal some bases.
Arm strength:As a pitcher, he's touched 90 mph from the mound, so there's arm strength there, though it's been hard to get a read on it from the outfield.
Fielding:Is a good center fielder defensively.
Range:His speed allows him to cover plenty of ground.
Physical Description:Trout doesn't look like your typical center fielder and has more of a college running back or safety type build.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Speed, athleticism, some ability and upside with the bat.
Weaknesses:Still a bit crude at the plate; some teams may not look at him and see him as an everyday Major League center fielder.
Summary:Trout is a toolsy high school center fielder who was gaining momentum as the weather in the Northeast warmed up. He looks more like a football safety -- his position in high school -- than a center fielder, but has the tools to play there with plus speed. He just started switch-hitting to enhance his offensive value, and with some changes to his approach at the plate should hit for some power down the line. There is some rawness with the bat, but he has the kind of upside many teams look for in a high school position player, and was moving into first-round conversations as a result.