Fishing for Trout, other prospects in Northeast

Updated: May 12, 2009, 2:50 PM ET
By Keith Law

Millville (N.J.) High School center fielder Mike Trout has emerged late in the spring as one of the top prep position-player prospects in this draft, with heavy crowds of scouts at his games (when rain doesn't interfere). He's a good athlete with a solid approach at the plate, especially considering the level of competition the typical Northeast kid faces. He's strong and squares balls up well, with good hip rotation and impressive hand strength. He can wrap his bat slightly just before swinging -- although it was much more pronounced in his BP swings than in the game -- and his front side gets a little soft when he makes contact. He's an above-average runner but not a burner, covering the necessary ground in center, but has a fringe-average arm and probably couldn't move to right.