When he was making his way into the limelight, some called Bryce Harper a ‘once in a lifetime’ prospect. He may not even be a once in a season player. Take nothing away from the Washington Wunkerkind, but Mike Trout is on the same platform. Perhaps not since Mantle and Mays have two players made such an impressive early impression. Now, Trout’s success is having a trickle down effect.
Last December, he signed an exclusive autograph deal with Major League Alumni Marketing, a small company owned by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. MLAM’s main business is autographs and while they may focus on selling signatures of former players, Trout has turned out to be a huge catch. He was their first prospect signee and the move is turning out to be a shrewd one.
Clayton Kershaw and Josh Hamilton are also under contract with MLAM, but the demand for Trout autographs has surpassed all others. The money paid into the account of the organization is divvied up among its 3,500+ members.