For the next three days, the Diamondbacks will have to find ways to contain Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels' powerful and speedy 20-year-old outfielder who has been wreaking havoc on the baseball world since being called up in late April. Trout hits for average and power. He steals bases at will. He catches just about everything hit to center field. He has fewer than 300 career at-bats but people already are calling him a player around whom a franchise can be built. And the Diamondbacks could have had him. Of course, they aren't the only team that can look back wistfully at the way the 2009 draft unfolded. Picking twice in the first round, the Diamondbacks passed both times on Trout, who wound up going 25th overall to the Angels. Why did the Diamondbacks pass on him? How did 21 other teams do the same? The answers vary depending on the source -- and ultimately are unsatisfying. For everyone except the Angels, of course. "I'm happy they all didn't see what we saw," said Eddie Bane, the Angels' scouting director at the time and now a scout with the Detroit Tigers. Bane and his staff saw tremendous speed and athleticism, a player who came from a good family and who loved the game. They saw enough potential that they had Trout second on their draft board behind only pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who went No. 1 overall to the Washington Nationals.
Diamondbacks among teams that passed on Los Angeles Angels standout Mike Trout
Arizona Republic | Jun 15