Comps For This Year's Terrific Trio

Scouts see interesting physical dopplegangers




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Scouts often use comparisons to paint a physical picture of a player and to project what he might become. Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Matt Moore are unusually gifted, which led to some interesting comps:

BRYCE HARPER

"This might sound crazy, but the comp I have on Harper is REGGIE JACKSON. He has that big lefthanded hitter and he might not hit .300—but he might too. He might rub you the wrong way, but he's a guy you want on your team and he's going to help you win."

—PRO SCOUTING DIRECTOR, NL TEAM

MATT MOORE

"I don't know that RANDY JOHNSON is a great comp because of where he was at the same age. But if you look past that and what Randy became, talking about the stuff, the lefthandedness, the way he does it, the end-of-the-day performer that he got to be, I think that works."

—PRO SCOUTING DIRECTOR, AL TEAM

"Moore reminds me some of MARK LANGSTON when he first came up to the big leagues. They had very similar bodies and they didn't have to hump it up to throw hard. Their ball gets on you quick."

—ASSISTANT GM, NL CLUB

MIKE TROUT

"Trout is such a rare combination of athleticism, speed and power that the obvious comparison would be MICKEY MANTLE. But that's unfair to put on anyone."

—ASSISTANT GM, NL CLUB

"Trout is going to have some pop. He's kind of a RICKEY HENDERSON-type guy in center field, a TIM RAINES with more power."

—VICE PRESIDENT, AL CLUB

"Trout reminds me of (Chicago Bears linebacker) BRIAN URLACHER. He's that kind of unique, special athlete. Urlacher was a safety in college, and I remember when he came out in the NFL draft, he could play almost any position on defense. I look at Trout and his ability to do so many things, and picture him the same way. There even some resemblance facially a little bit."

—DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL, AL TEAM