Bryce Harper Or Mike Trout: Are These Two Too Good? Commentator Frank Deford weighs in on two of the youngest, brightest stars in professional baseball.
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Bryce Harper Or Mike Trout: Are These Two Too Good?

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Bryce Harper Or Mike Trout: Are These Two Too Good?

Bryce Harper Or Mike Trout: Are These Two Too Good?

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Los Angeles Angel Mike Trout (left) and Washington National Bryce Harper during warmups before the start of an April 2014 baseball game in Washington. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Los Angeles Angel Mike Trout (left) and Washington National Bryce Harper during warmups before the start of an April 2014 baseball game in Washington.

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Because college football and basketball are so prominent, when the best players move up to the pros they're already well-known.

However, baseball's different.

How many of you pretty good sports fans can tell me who won the baseball College World Series just a few weeks ago? Same with the players. Even the stars drafted highest are anonymous except to the real cognoscenti. And even then, whereas invariably the can't-miss prospects in other sports don't miss, hardly ever miss, in baseball nobody ever says: Can't miss. Fact is, the ones who miss too often are the scouts.

Click the audio above to hear what Frank Deford has to say about these two players.