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Mike Trout has all the tools to succeed.
Mike Trout had the best rookie season in recent memory. A five-tool player, Trout has speed, power, contact, a plus arm and incredible range in the outfield.
A unanimous decision for Rookie of the Year, Trout hit .326 with 30 homers, 49 stolen bases and 83 RBI.
There’s never been a player quite like Trout. He works hard, plays hard and goes to "war" for his team. He led the majors in with a 10.7 WAR last season.
After the Angels renewed his contract for $510,000, Trout’s agent was furious his player wasn’t getting paid as much as he deserved.
Trout will approach this season with the same hunger as last year, still looking to prove his worth (this year in terms of dollars, not playing time). With a powerful group around him in the lineup, he shouldn’t feel much pressure and will continue to play like he did last season.
He’s bound to go through some rough patches as the season goes on, but Trout’s athleticism will allow him to keep his stats similar to to those of his rookie season.
Bill James predicts Trout will hit .325 with 30 homers, 87 RBI, 53 stolen bases and 122 runs scored.
Manager Mike Scioscia commented on the issue of sophomore slumps to MLB.com:
If you look at Mike’s workouts, he’s going about it the same way he always has. He’s going to play baseball, he’s not going to get caught up in, ‘Oh this is your sophomore year, you’re going to have to repeat this statistic or that statistic.' He’s going to play hard and let the stats fall where they will.
He is already one of the best outfielders in all of baseball. 2013 will only solidify that.