Mike Trout looked as if he had just bitten into a lemon. His face went through a series of contortions after the rookie, a graduate of Millville High, was asked a simple question: Had he thought about the possibility of being named an all-star in his rookie season?
“No,” the 20-year-old outfielder with the Los Angeles Angels said politely, but emphatically. “I don’t look at that stuff.”
...Eddie Bane, who was scouting director of the Angels at the time and is now a scout for the Detroit Tigers, said Trout was the second player on the Angels’ board, behind Stephen Strasburg, who was taken first by Washington and has justified that selection.
“The Yankees also had him as their No. 2 player, and they were selecting after us, and I told them he would never get to them,” Bane said.
...The Angels had two picks in the draft - Nos. 24 and 25. At 24, they took Randal Grichuk, a high school outfielder from Texas now playing in single A. Trout was taken next.
If Trout was second on their board, why wasn’t he picked first by the Angels at No. 24?
“It was a little bit of gamesmanship,” Bane said. “We were going to take both of them, but Mike’s agent had put out a different [financial] figure before the draft.”