Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
Fans love a winner.
These are three predictions about Mike Trout in 2013, rather than for Trout himself—things he can't really help on his own.
Trout Still Doesn't Play in the Postseason
It's still early in his career, but Trout has yet to play in the postseason. Nothing will change for him in 2013. Sure, the Angels missed a postseason berth by four games. Yes, their schedule in 2013 appears easier than the AL West division winners, the Oakland A's.
Unfortunately, the Angels pitching was average last season and is in worse shape at this point. They also lost Torii Hunter in the lineup, and that will likely have a decent-sized effect.
With the A's, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays shaping up to be in contention, a spot in playoffs is going to be harder to come by next season.
Still, it won't be Trout's fault they miss.
Trout Sells the Second-Most Jerseys
Derek Jeter topped the list of top-selling jerseys in 2012, and he should be hard to unseat due to his annual status as a fan-favorite in a favored position for one of the most popular teams in America.
Trout placed fifth on the list.
The Angels outfielder has all the makings of a national favorite though. He is a prototypical All-American guy, a five-tool player who is both likable and talented. Fans who buy jerseys like winners, and Trout is a proven winner so far in his young career.
It's because he outperformed Bryce Harper (fourth-highest selling jersey) with less antics (cocky outward appearance, face paint, stealing home, etc.) that Trout will jump him on the list. He should leap Ichiro Suzuki (No. 3) due to Suzuki's switching teams, age and decline. Nearly the same argument can be made for jumping ahead of Josh Hamilton (No. 2).
Trout is Taken No. 1 in 80 Percent of Fantasy Baseball Leagues
Seriously, what's not to love about a young player who hits for power and has the speed to steal almost 50 bags?
He's young, healthy and has all five tools. Whether he's actually worth the No. 1 pick or not is another question, but the pressure of having the No. 1 pick and the mystery of where he will actually be taken should influence plenty to nab him first before their friends can.