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AFL watchers will find out what happens when you pair MLB's best prospects in the same outfield

Updated: October 24, 2011, 11:19 AM ET
By Jason Grey | ESPN The Magazine
Harper/TroutUS PresswireBryce Harper (left) and Mike Trout sit atop the list of baseball's best prospects.

IF YOU'RE A FANTASY PLAYER or a scout who wants a glimpse of the next big thing, there's no better place to be than the Arizona Fall League. Where else can you see two prospects with MVP talent playing side by side?

In rightfield for the Scottsdale Scorpions is Nationals phenom Bryce Harper, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft and possibly the most hyped position-player prospect in history. In center is a first-rounder from the 2009 draft: Mike Trout, the Angels' five-tool dynamo who some evaluators think has an even brighter future.

"We've had the top players out here before, but I don't know if we've seen them on the same team and in the same outfield," says AFL executive VP Steve Cobb.

Considered a finishing school for the game's top young talent, the AFL is a six-team circuit that mixes players from different organizations and is designed for easily accessible scouting. Twenty-one league alumni have gone on to win Rookie of the Year, and no one would be stunned if the two Scorpions teammates make it 22 and 23.