Los Angeles Angels rookie outfielder Mike Trout is the American League version of Bryce Harper, so how the heck did he fall to the 25th pick of the 2009 draft?
"You got me," says Trout's father, Jeff.
Call it anti-East Coast bias. Anti-New Jersey bias. Maybe even anti-Billy Rowell bias.
There is more to the story, much more, but what the heck. Let's start by blaming Jersey.
Rowell probably should be left out of this, but like Trout, he hails from South Jersey, an area that doesn't produce many major leaguers.
The Baltimore Orioles drafted Rowell, a corner infielder, with the ninth pick of the '06 draft. And Rowell, in the words of former Angels scouting director Eddie Bane, the man who selected Trout, "completely went in the tank," became a bust.
Now, any scout could see that Trout wasn't Rowell. Trout could run. Trout could hit. And Trout had power. But if Rowell flopped . . .
Sounds crazy. But baseball people sometimes engage in groupthink, casting aspersions on an entire r...