TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's not exactly a sixth tool, but Mike Trout is such a phenom that he does everything well -- even carrying a bit of extra weight.
Trout, the AL Rookie of the Year and near-MVP in 2012, is 10 to 15 pounds heavier this spring than he was last year. And that's zero problem in Angels manager Mike Scioscia's view.
“He's running great, he feels great,” Scioscia said. “He's not too far from where he played at last year. Everything he has is muscle. His body composition is still terrific.”
Trout raised some eyebrows earlier this spring when he revealed the weight gain, which puts him at about 241 pounds, according to reports. It was preventative, Trout said: He normally loses five to 10 pounds during the season.
Plus, he was weakened considerably last spring by a viral infection that caused him to drop 20 pounds.
Scioscia, who battles his own weight issues, joked that “I'd take that 20-pound virus.”
But seriously, the manager said, “this is the first time we've seen him grown up. You're talking he was 18 in his first big-league camp. … This is his first spring where he's a little more full grown. He's 21 now.”
In other words, Trout is still a growing boy. Or, boy/man. In his breakout rookie season last summer, he hit .326 with 30 homers, 129 runs scored and 49 steals in 54 attempts.
“I know where I need to be to start the year,” Trout said two weeks ago when, during a joint press conference with Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols, he first revealed the weight gain.
Even though so much of his game depends on speed, Scioscia figures Trout will settle into where he needs to be during the season. And where he needs to be might be where he's at now.
“He's 21 now, so the weight is not a concern,” Scioscia said. “You don't know how much a body is going to fill out.”
If this were later in Trout's career, perhaps the red flags would have been raised long ago. But not now.
“If a player is 28 and he comes in a little heavier, it's probably more of a concern,” Scioscia said. “These young kids in our lineup are still growing -- particularly the kids from Latin America. They'll start to fill out quicker because of diets and strength and conditioning.”