Trout making case for whale of a contract

Thu Oct 3, 2013 7:38pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mike Trout, fresh off his second MVP-calibre season with the Los Angeles Angels, on Wednesday offered a frightening prospect for opposing pitchers to contemplate this offseason - he has room to improve.

The 22-year-old Trout, a unanimous choice as American League Rookie of the Year in 2012 and runner-up to Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of Detroit as MVP, returned with a .323 average, 27 home runs, 97 runs batted in and 33 stolen bases.

"Lot of things you can improve on, like defensively - my arm strength, arm accuracy. At the plate, being more disciplined," Trout told Reuters in a telephone interview as he took time out from doing a promotion for sandwich chain Subway.

"More of the strikeouts this year have been for swinging at bad pitches as opposed to just looking at strikes.

"Try not to chase as much and just be patient," said Trout, who happened to lead the league in walks with 110 and had an on-base percentage of .432, second-best in the league.

"It's tough not to chase them. I'm getting myself out, sometimes, getting too big instead of being myself."

The 22-year-old Trout could well be the bridesmaid again in Most Valuable Player (MVP) voting after another stellar campaign from Cabrera, but the fleet-footed, power-hitter is philosophical about it.

"It's kind of out of my control. I just got to go out there and do my thing, put up some numbers and let the (sports) writers decide. It's fun and special to be part of the mix," said Trout.   Continued...