Mike Trout was drafted with the compensation pick received when the Angels didn’t resign Mark Teixeira. That pick would’ve belonged to the Braves had they not dealt Tex to the O.C. for Casey Kotchman and Stephen Marek.
A lot of teams passed on Trout, and there’s no guarantee the Braves would’ve picked him. But odds are they would’ve selected one of the other first-rounders who followed Trout, a group that includes AL Cy Young contender Garrett Richards (helluva draft by the Angels), Rex Brothers (a tough lefty out of the ‘pen — wouldn’t that be nice), Tyler Skaggs (traded to the Angels; pitching competently as a rookie starter) and Chris Owings (.771 OPS as a rookie SS, not for the Angels). They also could’ve taken second-rounders Billy Hamilton, Nolan Arenado, Jason Kipnis and Patrick Corbin (drafted by the Angels).
Instead, the Braves got Oberkfell 2.0 and a 26-year-old middle reliever who never pitched in the majors.