Trout, 23, robbed the Dodgers' Alex Guerrero of an extra-base hit in the first inning, making it a successful day for him, despite the loss.
This spring he has a batting average of .477 with four home runs and 14 RBI.
"Being aggressive on that first pitch is getting me ready to hit better than just taking," Trout said after the performance, per MLB.com. "I'm putting some good swings on that first pitch and being aggressive, and that's what I want to be. We got a great team. It's fun to come to the ballpark every day. We have a lot of people competing for jobs. It's fun to watch."
Trout has been heating up at the plate in recent Cactus League action, and Tuesday's multihit performance was his third in his last four games. The big game makes him 12 for 22 with three home runs, 10 RBI and five walks in nine spring games.
"It's nothing we're putting more emphasis on," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Mike's going to steal bases when it's important to us, when he has the opportunity to.
"If pitchers try to shut down Mike, it's an advantage for Albert (Pujols) or whoever is hitting behind Mike," Scioscia said. "And if they're paying more attention to the hitter, there's going to be an opening for Mike. So however it plays out, his speed is a weapon for us, even if it doesn't show up in the pure number of stolen bases."
"Gonna be locked and loaded on the first pitch," Trout said.
Trout made contact on the first pitch 24 times last season, hitting six singles and a double and posting a .292/.286/.333 line. He hit .287/.377/.561 in 602 at-bats overall in 2014.
While Trout won the AL MVP in 2014, batting .287 with 36 home runs, 111 RBI and 115 runs, he led the league in strikeouts with 184 and had just 16 stolen bases.
“Plain and simple, I was chasing the high pitch, everybody knows that,” Trout said, per the Los Angeles Times. “There are things you can work on. The majority of time, they’re balls, and I was chasing them.
“I don’t like over-analyzing my swing. I do stuff in the cage and in batting practice that will help me in the game, but I’ll keep my same routine. It’s been working for me. I don’t want to switch anything up. I want to put the ball in play, let my legs get a few more hits and try to get on base more.”
Trout added he plans to talk with manager Mike Scioscia this spring about being more aggressive on the base paths.
“I definitely want to steal more bases,” Trout said. “Want to get to second base as much as I can. I have to take more chances. They were doing a pretty good job of holding me on. The pitchers were really quick to the plate. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’ll do my best.”
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|10/5/2014 vs Kansas City|
|vs Kansas City||22||9||3||.519||.864||.409|
|vs Hernandez (Career)||47||18||2||.660||.404||.383|
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|2010||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||81||312||76||113||19||7||6||39||46||52||45||9||.454||.526||.362|
|2010||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||50||196||30||60||9||2||4||19||27||33||11||6||.388||.434||.306|
|2012||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||20||77||21||31||4||5||1||13||11||16||6||1||.467||.623||.403|
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