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Angels' Trout a diamond in the rough

Outfielder has become a star prospect after being passed over by many teams in 2009

Updated: July 11, 2010, 2:56 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

It's hard to say exactly what scouts expected to see when they drove into southern New Jersey to visit with a young outfielder named Mike Trout who looked -- at least facially -- way too much like Mickey Mantle.

He was a Jersey boy who played basketball in the winter, but he'd started hitting a ton and running like the wind, and there was no denying the kid had the kind of baseball instincts you can't teach.

His dad, Jeff, had been a minor leaguer in the Twins farm system who'd ...

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