Trout has potential to be MLB's best

Updated: May 27, 2012, 2:05 AM ET
By Buster Olney

There is a longtime evaluator who has gotten a chance to see Mike Trout in person a handful of times since the Angels recalled the outfielder to the big leagues this season.

The evaluator is not prone to hyperbole or overstatement, and he isn't someone who rushes to judgment.

His feelings about Trout's ability are strong. "If he's not the best player in the game by the end of this season," said the evaluator, "he will be by the end of next season."

On the day that Trout was summoned to the big leagues, the Angels were 6-14. Since then, they are 16-11, and Trout has thrived, at age 20. "He excels at everything he does," said the evaluator.

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