Down on the farm, Trout is lurking

Down on the farm, Trout is lurking

The Angels' farm system hasn't recently received as much fanfare as it did in the previous decade, but it includes a number of prospects that could make their mark at the big league level within the next few years.

• LF Mike Trout (Currently with Double-A Arkansas)
Trout was the 25th overall pick of the 2009 Draft. Ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com, Trout is receiving rave reviews from scouts everywhere.

Couple Trout's .303 batting average and .926 OPS mark in 48 games this year with the Angels' offensive woes, and many fans are already hoping for a swift callup to the Major League level. Such a move is unlikely though, and manager Mike Scioscia appears to be in no hurry. Don't be surprised if the 19-year-old Trout isn't on the big league roster by September 2012, though.

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"If we thought he was ready for the Major Leagues, he'd be here," Scioscia said last month. "Is Mike going to come up here and hit .310, .320? That's a huge risk with a young player."

• 3B Kaleb Cowart (Currently with Orem -- Rookie League)
Though he's ranked as the ninth-best third-base prospect by MLB.com, he's not playing the position many scouts thought coming into last year's Draft. Before being picked 18th overall last year, most projected him as a pitcher. Cowart wanted to hit though, and the Angels agreed.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound switch-hitter boasts a powerful bat and an even stronger arm at the hot corner. If all goes well, look for Cowart to work his way up to the Angels by 2014.

• SS Jean Segura (Currently with Class A Inland Empire)
If Segura pans out to be the player he's projected as, the Angels could be set at shortstop for years to come between current big leaguer Erick Aybar and Segura. He posted an OPS of .829 and stole 50 bases last season for Class A Cedar Rapids.

Segura is currently on Inland Empire's seven-day disabled list, but is hitting .276 and has 18 steals in 37 games. He could be with the Halos as early as 2013.

• 2B Alexi Amarista (Currently with Triple-A Salt Lake)
Amarista was called up by the Angels in April to give the team more defensive options, but was sent back down earlier this week to make room for Vernon Wells, who returned from the disabled list. He hit just .149 in 19 games for the Halos. That's not an indictment of Amarista's talent, though -- it's just a little too soon for him.

The versatile 5-foot-8 second baseman should enjoy the return to Salt Lake, though -- he's hitting .455 in 14 games with the Bees this season. A full-time promotion to the Major League club next season isn't out of the question.

Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.