Player Poll: Trout is the greatest catch

Most Minor Leaguers would build fantasy team around Angel

Mike Trout appeared in 20 games at Triple-A Salt Lake this season. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty)

By | September 26, 2012 1:05 PM ET

This season, we surveyed hundreds of Minor Leaguers on a variety of questions, from favorite players and postgame snacks to video games and dream teammates. Check back as we find out what prospects really think.

Even before the season had begun, the word was out on Mike Trout.

We surveyed 382 Minor Leaguers during April, asking them, "Which top prospect would you want to build your fantasy team around?"

We also provided some suggestions, including the Cardinals' Shelby Miller, the Rangers' Jurickson Profar, the Nationals' Bryce Harper, the Orioles' Manny Machado, and's No. 1 prospect entering 2012, Trout.

And Trout, the current favorite for American League Rookie of the Year and MVP, easily won the poll, garnering 42 percent of the vote. Harper, who was also promoted and selected to the Major League All-Star Game opposite Trout, earned 17 percent of the vote, while Orioles sensation Manny Machado finished third with eight percent.

Players of course threw in some write-in votes, some surely for themselves. Notable write-in candidates included Tony Cingrani of the Reds, Miami's Christian Yelich, Rays 2011 first-rounder Mikie Mahtook and former Tigers top prospect and current Marlin Jacob Turner. None of the write-in players received more than three votes.

Here's a full breakdown:

He's a keeper
Who would you build your fantasy team around?
Player Votes Percent
Mike Trout 159 42%
Bryce Harper 66 17%
Manny Machado 30 8%
Shelby Miller 25 7%
Jurickson Profar 23 6%
Other 3 votes or fewer 20%
Others receiving votes: Anthony Seratelli, Blake Kelso, Chase Reid, Chris Edmondson, Daniel Corsino, Daniel Renken, Darin Gorski, Erik Komatsu, Heath Hembree, Jacob Turner, Jake Marisnick, Jordan Roberts, JP Arencibia, J.R. Graham, Juan Lagares, Justin Hampson, Kenny Faulk, Lucas Sims, Matt Adams, Me, Mikie Mahtook, Nick Martini, Oscar Taveras, Packy Elkins, Paul Goldschmidt, Shawn Tolleson, Taylor Jungmann, Tony Cingrani, Travis d'Arnaud, Troy Snitker, Yan Gomes, Christian Yelich.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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