In most years, Bryce Harper would be an easy pick as baseball’s No. 1 prospect. So would Matt Moore. And Mike Trout. But this isn’t most years, and we have to choose between the best young power hitter many scouts ever have seen, an ace lefthander and a legitimate five-tool center fielder. All three proved their bona fides in 2011, with Harper reaching Double-A at age 18, Moore narrowly missing a third straight minor league strikeout title before overpowering the Rangers in the playoffs and Trout winning Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year award. Our staff had differing opinions on how to stack Harper, Moore and Trout up against each other. So did 11 player-personnel officials with big league clubs whom we contacted. Here’s what they had to say:
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