Top prospects update
May, 3, 2011
By Keith Law | ESPN Insider
Typically when we get into May, I'll start looking at reranking the top 25 prospects in the minors because we've had a number of players graduate off the list into the big leagues, but oddly enough, no one in my top 10 is in the majors at the moment, so the top of the rankings isn't going to change much. The group from 11-21 includes current big leaguers Zach Britton, Jeremy Hellickson, Kyle Drabek, Aroldis Chapman and Michael Pineda, plus Brandon Belt, who isn't in the majors anymore but probably should be. So we'll have some movement, but in the meantime, here's a run through that top 10 with a look at their performances to date (in what is absolutely a sample too small to lead us to any serious conclusions).
1. Mike Trout, CF, Los Angeles Angels: Just 19 years old in Double-A, Trout got off to a tremendous start, blunted slightly by a 1-for-14 run over his last four games, bringing his season line down to .268/.342/.535 -- still phenomenal for a player his age just two levels short of the big leagues. I wouldn't be surprised to see him debut by the end of the year or make their Opening Day roster in 2012.
Getty ImagesSwimming upstream -- fast.