The top two prospects in baseball, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, have been called up to the big leagues. The time to witness whether or not these two are worthy of the hype is now.
With Ryan Zimmerman heading to the disabled list, the Washington Nationals have scheduled Harper for his first taste of the major leagues. While his spring training performance was quite impressive, he has yet to see any time in the majors.
Harper was drafted first overall in 2010 and has been the #1 rated prospect by Baseball America for the past two seasons. In 109 games split between Single-A and Double-A in 2011, Bryce hit .297 with 17 home runs and 58 RBIs. This season, he’s playing at Triple-A Syracuse, hitting .250 with one home run and three RBIs in just 20 games. While in the minors, he played all three outfield positions.
Trout on the other hand, has seen his share of MLB action as he appeared in 40 games last season with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, California. He joined the team after outfielder Bobby Abreu was released. He’s widely considered the #2 prospect, number three prospect by Baseball America in 2011 and 2012, has hit .403 with one home run and 13 RBIs in 20 games this Triple-A season.
Mike managed to hit .220 with five home runs and 16 RBIs after batting 123 times last season, however, he was eventually sent back to the minors for what NESN.com called “more seasoning.”
While the two are incredibly talented and both are more than likely to enjoy successful baseball careers over their lifetimes, which athlete will have the more successful career of the two? Will it be Mike Trout or will it be Bryce Harper?